Archive for November, 2007

Top 5 “Sealed Deals” Cities

Part 1

Few major decisions in life seem to be as monumental as moving to a new town and buying a home, or even buying a home in one’s existing town.

Those of us who work daily with homebuyers recognize the daunting task house hunting presents to many a homebuyer.

Many consumers of all products want to be on the leading edge of the latest buying trends. How many of us stood in line to grab the iPhone and the Nintendo Wii. The same can be said for home buying.

Not only do homebuyers want to locate in the hottest areas, but many assume there’s an ultimate financial payoff in being on the leading edge. Buy into an “up and coming area” the theory goes, and you can enjoy the thrill of watching your Pied-a-Terre appreciate in value.

As a Realtor who wants to earn repeat business and referrals from happy customers, it may prove beneficial for us to help our home buyers situate in growth areas, and not declining areas.

It’s interesting that of HomeGain’s most active metro areas for home buying in 2007, three are East Coast cities, Washington DC, Atlanta and Philadelphia. Chicago in the Midwest and Dallas in the South round out the top five. Continue reading this post


Posted by: Peggy Boehm on November 30th, 2007 under HomeGain Market Data


On the Road to Real Estate Blogging

Blogging can help your real estate business! It’s true.

The benefits of real estate blogging are fast becoming more apparent and agreed upon in the industry.

On The Road to Real Estate Blogging

Starting and maintaining a blog can help you create an online presence, become the niche expert for your market area, connect with your sphere, grow your online network, initiate community interaction, and make you a better real estate agent overall.

But don’t blog because I said so, do it because you are excited about sharing your expertise and putting forth the required effort. Understand that you’re not just making a time and money commitment, but a commitment to a blog’s life.

Think long and hard about your niche or concept before just jumping into the blogosphere without direction. Trust me: it’s much easier with a roadmap. Continue reading this post


Posted by: Nicole Nicolay on November 27th, 2007 under Blogging and Social Networking, Guest Bloggers


The Website Leap of Faith

This year something significant took place that resulted in a huge increase in my business.

The Leap of Faith

In fact, it became necessary for me to transition from being a “part-timer” into becoming a full-time REALTOR® in order to accommodate all my new clients!

Here’s how it happened.

Until recently, my business efforts were based primarily on what other agents were doing, and frankly, my business wasn’t growing like I wanted. I was doing a mediocre job at working Internet leads from a “so-so” website.

It wasn’t until I found Myers and HomeGain that my business started growing exponentially. This is all about the power of the Internet. Continue reading this post


Posted by: Jessica Gopalakrishnan on November 23rd, 2007 under BuyerLink & AIMS, Online Marketing, Success Stories


No Limits at 2007 NAR Expo?

HomeGain MAXThe approximately 2,000 Realtors® who came by our booth at the 2007 National Association of Realtors® Convention & Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada last week, that’s who!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by the HomeGain booth! It was our busiest and most successful event ever.

We handed out TomTom™ One GPS navigation systems, $50 American Express® gas cards, remote control cars, and, of course, orange gorillas.

Everything except the gorillas fell under our theme “drive your success.”

We met Realtors® who never heard of HomeGain, and who were very excited to hear about how they can receive more traffic with BuyerLink, reach home sellers with AgentView, get 20 guaranteed home buyer leads with AIMS, and market themselves online to home buyer and home seller leads with AgentEvaluator.

It was also NAR’s largest show in history, with a record-breaking 744 exhibitors and 31,000+ attendees.

Were you at the Expo? Were you able to stop by our booth? Let us know what you thought!

What did you like and didn’t like? What sessions did you find most valuable? How was the special guest Bill Cosby and the concert with James Taylor? Continue reading this post


Posted by: Jessica Gopalakrishnan on November 20th, 2007 under Max, Real Estate Trade Shows


A 7-year Lasting Impression

Seven years after sending a potential Annapolis, MD client a proposal to help him sell his home, Mona LaCovey received a call to get started with the transaction!


Here’s how the story goes:

In 2000 Mr. Chatterton started planning to sell his home. He began his search for a real estate agent online, opting to use HomeGain’s Find a Realtor® service.

Mona LaCovey responded to Mr. Chatterton with a personalized proposal outlining her services and addressing his needs and questions.

Although Mr. Chatterton decided to not sell his home then, with his retirement in 2007, he remembered Mona and called her up. Continue reading this post


Posted by: Jessica Gopalakrishnan on November 15th, 2007 under AgentEvaluator, Success Stories

1 Comment » Redesigns Website

Announcing the new & improved!


Remember the lime green page, with an orange and black logo? It’s been replaced with navy and orange.

We spent the last year redesigning over 300 web pages, focusing primarily on the most trafficked pages such as the home page, the find a REALTOR® pages, the instant home valuation pages, and the view homes for sale pages.

The functionality and usability of’s services and features remains unchanged. is launching 30-35 percent faster now, too, making it an even more improved experience for visitors.

Thank you to all of our real estate agents, brokers, other real estate professionals, homebuyers, home sellers, other consumers, family, and friends for all of their feedback and input on making the site what it is today.

Of course, let’s not forget everyone at HomeGain who put in endless hours of hard work.

We have received hundreds of positive comments on the cleaner, fresher look of the website, the ease of navigation, and the useful features like the instant home valuation tool.

But don’t just let us brag about it, check it out yourself and tell us what you think! Continue reading this post


Posted by: Louis Cammarosano on November 12th, 2007 under HomeGain


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