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Real Estate News on Ulitzer Sell My Timeshare NOW, a leader in the advertising and marketing of timeshare resales and timeshare rentals, is ramping up its social marketing commitment, providing more outlets for consumer interaction through widely available, internet-based relational media. Already using Twitter, blogging on its popular corporate blog The Timeshare Authority, and interacting with the marketplace through the SellMyTimeshareNOW Forum, the company will soon launch a Facebook fan site, as it continues to expand its social media presence. CEO and founder Jason Tremblay says, "Sell My Timeshare NOW has always led the industry in using cutting-edge internet marketing strategies to create maximum visibility for timeshare owners who want to sell or rent timeshare. We take the same forward-thinking approach to social media marketing, using it to expand our r... (more)

DIY Update to Windows 7

Yesterday, I came down to find my Vista 32-bit machine in a registry loop.  After getting over my aggravation, I decided that I would just make the move to Windows 7.  Having already downloaded a release candidate (RC 7201 64-bit).  Using another 32-bit Vista machine, I set out to turn my 8GB flash drive into a window’s install disk. I decided to switch to 64-bit for my inevitable upgrade to the Core i7 platform.  Core i7 uses triple channel memory – so I will want 6GB which is not supported by 32-bit versions of Windows.  This decision to switch to 64-bit made my upgrade a little harder – but with some good googling, I had it figured out.  Below I have my timeline, with a few words about each step.  This machine is quite powerful, with a Q6600 2.4GHz quad core processor, 4GB of RAM and 2 NVIDIA GTX 260 GPUs.  It also has a 150GB 10K RPM WD VelociRaptor HDD, and a ... (more)

Positive Word of Mouth and Your Brand

This is part four of a five part series of the importance of personal branding in garnering positive word of mouth. In our hyper-connected society, word of mouth has become “world of mouth” and recommendations truly craft your online and offline persona and value. It makes all the difference between positive or negative word of mouth about you, your service, or your business. In discovering our personal brand, we found out what the perception is “out there” about us. We also extracted what made us unique, what we felt our strengths were, what others felt our strengths are and crafting a way to help those we connect with know exactly how to speak positively on our behalf. Read Personal Brand and Word of Mouth, Part 1; Personal Brand and Word of Mouth, Part 2 and Personal Brand and Word of Mouth, Part 3 – to catch any of those components you might have missed. The ... (more)

Smart Mobile Solutions Launches New DocuSign iPhone App

DocuSign announced the release of ESIGNControl, a new AppleiPhone application from Smart Mobile Solutions. Available now from the iTunes store, ESIGNControl enables DocuSign customers to use their iPhone to track, view and control documents sent for electronic signature. Smart Mobile Solutions, an ISV that specializes in applications for mobile devices, created ESIGNControl using DocuSign’s software development kit (SDK) and through active participation in the DocuSign DevCenter. By using DocuSign’s developer resources Smart Mobile Solutions blended its expertise in mobile computing to create a powerful utility for DocuSign users. With DocuSign’slectronic signature service, businesses can accelerate their sales cycles and obtain complete visibility into their agreement process. ESIGNControl extends the value of DocuSign to the iPhone handset, empowering busy profe... (more)

Exterior Remodeling: Best Bang for Your Buck

Despite a slow market and a slight decrease in the resale value of most remodeling projects, REALTORS® report that the smartest home improvement investments may also be some of the least expensive. Results from the 2009 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report show that small-scale exterior projects are the most profitable at resale, according to estimates by REALTORS® who completed a recent survey. On a national level, eight out of the top 10 projects in terms of costs recouped were exterior replacement projects that cost less than $14,000. Certain types of door and siding replacements, as well as wood deck additions all returned more than 80 percent of project costs upon resale. A steel entry door replacement – a new addition to this year’s list – recouped 128.9 percent of costs, followed by upscale fiber-cement sliding replacements at 83.6 percent. Wood deck additions re... (more)

Agents To Pay For Buyer Stimulus

The website, Lookflorida.com states: 'A group of Florida real estate agents have agreed to participate in the FREBS program.  These agents will give you  a cash stimulus at closing on your Florida real estate purchase.  You could be eligible for up to $150,000' The stimulus program is an initiative to help buyers with closing costs, but could end up doing a lot more.  Like many recent cash stimulus programs, such as 'Cash for Clunkers' there needs to be plenty of money behind the project in order to make it successful.  To fund this program, the agents involved will give a portion of their commission back to the buyer at closing. The FREBS program is aimed at individuals, companies or businesses interested in purchasing Florida real estate.  The program works by agents allowing buyers to receive a percentage of the commission that the brokerage firm receives from th... (more)

New Real Estate Websites for Realtors Launched

Plano, TX, January 31, 2012 --(PR.com)-- A real estate website company that specializes in creating websites for Realtors and real estate agents, www.RealEstateWebsiteParadise.com, has launched a new offering of real estate websites for real estate agents and Realtors. The websites are built to generate new clients for real estate agents. Each website is equipped with informative E-books that house buyers and sellers find useful. In order to access these E-books, they must provide their contact information. The website then takes over with in-built autoresponder marketing email messages that are sent at pre-determined intervals. These messages provide useful information and encourage these prospects to use services of the Realtor. Each website is also controlled from a simple virtual back office, from changing designs and content to managing leads and property listings ... (more)

What's New in HTML5

Kony Solutions has unveiled its Mobile App Manager, giving organizations a single environment for “deploying, managing, analyzing and securing mobile applications for all devices, across all channels, including HTML5, mobile web, native, hybrid, or mixed-mode”. Read Original Content A luxury real estate brokerage firm has re-launched its website, building the new site with HTML5 to optimize it for mobile, stating “over 90 percent of smartphones and tablets are HTML5-enabled, and almost 75 percent are HTML5 video only. Without HTML5, you are losing a considerable portion of your audience.” Read Original Content   Adobe has announced the availability of Adobe Captivate 6, an upgrade to its eLearning software, with enhancements including HTML5 publishing with pause and resume capabilities for iOS and Android devices. Read Original Content Microsoft claims that Internet ... (more)

Gold's 2012 Convention - Insights Into The Future Of The Iconic Brand

What a few weeks its been. From San Diego to San Francisco, and from Las Vegas to Vancouver; now I'm back home on this Sunday morning reflecting on what was one of the most interesting legs of my travels; the Gold's Gym 2012 Convention. It was the best I've attended to date. Our company Fitmarc enjoys close ties to GGI's leadership as well as dozens of its franchisees, who we service through our Les Mills distributorship and via Fitsomo, our social media company. This along with our close relations with the Gold's Gym Franchise Association enables my partner Robert Dyer  and I the chance to learn a little bit about Gold's, which is arguably the most iconic brand in the health club business today. Notable during the conference, which provided Jeffrey Gitomer as an excellent keynote speaker, was CEO Jim Snow's opening remarks. Here are a few things he said that struck... (more)

Intelligent Infrastructure: Clouds for Commercial Real Estate

If they plan to remain viable in today's markets, now is the time for real estate firms to make some dramatic changes by offering intelligent amenities in their commercial properties. How do we prop up our dying shopping center? How do we develop and maintain more business for our stadium? How do we raise our commercial properties' occupancy from 45% to 85%? These questions are being asked more and more in the commercial real estate industry as the economy remains in a slump in many locations. Many executives are baffled because their usual management techniques are not working. In addition, assessments and property appraisals that overlook or discount technology within the property's infrastructure are inadequate at best, and totally erroneous at worse. Cloud Computing Real Estate A downtown office building appraises out at $230,000,000 and the buyer thinks they ... (more)

SSD, Flash and DRAM, Deja Vu or Something New?

Recently I was in Europe for a couple of weeks including stops at Storage Networking World (SNW) Europe in Frankfurt, StorageExpo Holland, Ceph Day in Amsterdam (object and cloud storage), and Nijkerk where I delivered two separate 2 day, and a single 1 day seminar. At the recent StorageExpo Holland event in Utrecht, I gave a couple of presentations, one on cloud, virtualization and storage networking trends, the other taking a deeper look at Solid State Devices (SSD's). As in the past, StorageExpo Holland was great in a fantastic venue, with many large exhibits and great attendance which I heard was over 6,000 people over two days (excluding exhibitor vendors, vars, analysts, press and bloggers) which was several times larger than what was seen in Frankfurt at the SNW event. Both presentations were very well attended and included lively interactive discussion dur... (more)