Low Down Payment Drop: Share of Buyers Lands at 11-Year Low Those using low down payment plans dropped last year, according to recently released news from RealtyTrac, who analyzed the size of down payments on nearly 20 million purchase loans for single family homes and condos nationwide from 2004 through 2014. Results show that in 2014 the share of buyers putting down 3 percent or less […] read moreWed, 18 Feb 2015 21:31:30 +0000
NAR Broker Tip of the Month: NAR Offers Resources to Help Enhance Data Security Practices NAR Broker Tip of the Month—In a speech to the Federal Trade Commission on Monday, January 12, President Obama unveiled new proposals to address how consumers’ personal data is handled. Among his proposals included “The Personal Data Notification & Protection Act” which clarifies and strengthens the obligations businesses have to notify customers when their personal […] read moreWed, 28 Jan 2015 22:44:17 +0000
Study Shows Consumers Aren’t Shopping around for Mortgages A recently released study done by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) found nearly half of Americans looking to purchase a home do not do their due diligence by shopping around for mortgage lenders. Rather, the survey found potential borrowers seriously consider only one lender, and that lender is often someone they’re already working with […] read moreWed, 21 Jan 2015 21:05:26 +0000
HomeServices of America Announces Formation of Regional Brokerage HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, announced Tuesday the consolidation of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate (based in Seattle, WA) and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate (based in Portland, OR), creating a regional Pacific Northwest brokerage. Jason Waugh, current president and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in Portland will assume the role […] read moreTue, 20 Jan 2015 21:47:31 +0000
Mobile optimized sites have been all the rage since Google’s explicit February announcement that mobile-friendliness will be used as an organic ranking signal starting April 21st. However, Google has not forgotten about the original purpose of mobile devices — phone calls. In February, Google made it easier for advertisers to engage smartphone users with call-only ads. Although call-only campaigns are fairly new to Google AdWords, there are certain steps you can take to get the most out of them.
As the April 21st deadline to make your site mobile-friendly approaches, many sites are checking to see if their pages get the “mobile-friendly” annotation. Those two words are Google’s promise to searchers that a result meets a certain standard of usability that mobile surfers are starting to expect.
What’s concerning is that sometimes the label doesn’t show up — even though Google’s own Mobile-Friendly Test declares “Awesome! This page is mobile-friendly.” In working with clients and through research, we've uncovered little-discussed reasons why a mobile-friendly annotation may not show up despite a page's being fully optimized for mobile browsing.
In digital marketing, we talk a lot about content. Emphasizing the importance of quality content and then sharing our tips, tricks and the latest tactics can make content writing seem exciting and sexy. But the truth is, some topics and industries just feel b-o-r-i-n-g. As a writer or the person in charge of writers, how can you turn boring subjects into good content?
Creating engaging content marketing for boring industries is something I know all too well, as I got my start in this industry as a writer. I wrote on everything from LED billboards to personal injury to self-storage units. I remember what it was like to listen to fantastic presenters talk about the magic of writing great content. Then I would go back home, sit in front of my laptop and the reality would hit me again — my topics were boring, or at least they were to me. Eventually, I figured out how to overcome my writer’s block and bring those boring subjects to life.
Bloomberg View Column: House Rich, Land Poor Read my latest Bloomberg View column House Rich, Land Poor. Here’s an excerpt… The living space in newly built U.S. homes is on a tear: Since 1982, the size of a new single-family house has increased by almost 1,000 square... Read More read moreSun, 26 Apr 2015 15:41:11 +0000
Paid vs. earned: What’s the BEST media strategy for real estate? Professional marketers aim to solve this problem on a daily basis. Therefore, it’s not surprising when ordinary folks, like us, get a little confused when trying to discern it. Before we dive in, it’s important we don’t leave out the final piece to this equation, “owned media.” This includes our websites, blogs, and Facebook pages; [...] read moreFri, 19 Apr 2013 16:24:42 +0000
Circa: News reinvented for your phone You lead a very busy life. A lot of us admit that social media keeps us “in the know” on events and news, but you need to catch up quick. Maybe you just need to squeeze in some time for content research for your blog. A mobile app called Circa has reinvented how, and where, you [...] read moreWed, 17 Apr 2013 15:05:58 +0000
Gmail’s spam filter is killing your drip campaign: Top tips to get personal Businesses that sell directly to consumers love to automate their work. Whether it’s a regular postcard blast, outsourced call center, or an email drip campaign, staying “in contact” with a company’s sphere of connections has always been easier when it is scheduled, standardized, and managed in a way that takes as little custom interaction with individuals [...] read moreTue, 16 Apr 2013 21:08:22 +0000
Google Think insights — the real estate digital marketing cheat sheet Did you ever wish you could have a digital marketing cheat-sheet? Well, you may be in luck, Google Think has arrived! Pulled out of beta this March, Google Think has become my favorite treasure trove of insightful information, playbooks, presentations, case studies, and research, brilliantly organized with an architecture and design quality that’s perfect for afternoons of [...] read moreMon, 15 Apr 2013 15:30:59 +0000
Ardell recently posted on this subject. She noted there really isn’t that much out there about this now-common aspect of buying or selling a home (common, that is, for MLS-listed homes, you can avoid the frenzy by looking for homes on MLS alternatives). She and I then engaged in some typically spirited discourse, which in turn […]
A seller setting a time in the future when they will review all offers at the same time has become common enough to warrant a blog post explaining the general pros and cons and procedure for this type of listing instruction. I just did a spot check of new listings in Kirkland 98033 and a […]
Seattle Area – Choosing Best Place to Live. I recently received a request to write a new post on this topic. Even I find most of the articles I have read on this topic to be very confusing. Like this one that mixes a few “Really?!?” with the obvious best places. Or this one that […]
One of the great challenges of being on the “bleeding edge” of change in any industry is identifying the words to be used in discussing the new model. The real estate industry is, at more than a century old, steeped in history and culture. So it’s even more of a challenge to create a dialog that accurately captures […]