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Lives of The Realtors: Ryan Ward

I consider myself very fortunate. I’m happily married with a very successful real estate career that is growing rapidly in a tough market.

Prior to beginning my real estate career, I was a restaurant manager looking to find a career where I could actually pursue something that I cared about and had passion for. I was already buying, rehabbing and selling homes so it was a natural transition to move into the listing and sales side of the business. Furthermore, working on those houses helped to provide a foundation that was more beneficial to selling real estate than any class that I ever took in college.

In October of 2003, my wife, Samantha, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Three days after the diagnoses, my wife looked at me and said “let’s buy a house”. It was the spirit that “not even cancer can stop us from realizing our dream” that still inspires me today to dream, work, strive and believe that nothing can stop the human spirit that has the strength to believe in themselves in the face of what can be the worst possible set of circumstances anyone can face – their own death.

Three years later, our daughter was born – the beauty and miracle that many take for granted was to us, almost a miracle. The chances that we could have a child were slim and many thought not possible. But the cancer battle and newborn child left us in less than great shape financially and the time I had spent caring for my wife emptied my pipeline of business and I was wondering if real estate was going to be a viable option for me and my family.

That’s when I made a fundamental paradigm shift into the online world – the “new” way of real estate, so to speak. Continue reading this post

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Posted by: Ryan Ward on August 30th, 2008 under Lives of The Realtors, Motivation, Realtor

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“Ask the Experts” Real Estate Forum

On Tuesday we launched the premier of the “Ask the Experts” live real estate forum. Thanks to our terrific panel of experts, a great turnout and active participation from the audience, the forum was a success!

Overall, participants rated each of the experts with marks of excellence for presentation and content covered. Due to the positive response, we’ll be continuing the series, so stay tuned for future Ask the Experts!

If you weren’t able attend, here’s your chance to hear the valuable information and advice the experts gave out to real estate professionals.

Listen to the full version:

Or, listen to the individual experts here:

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Posted by: Jessica Gopalakrishnan on August 14th, 2008 under Ask the Experts

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“Ask the Experts” Live Forum on Tuesday

In just a few days, on Tuesday, August 12 there is a HomeGain sponsored event taking place that I wanted to make sure all you Realtors knew about. It’s a live phone forum called “Ask the Experts” featuring an exceptional team of experts!

Meet the Experts:

• Joseph Ferrara of Sellsius Real Estate Blog – “Blogging Advice”
• Brian Brady of World Wide Credit Corp – “Mortgage Advice”
• Mitch Ribak of Tropical Realty of Suntree – “Lead Capture and Conversion”
• Jay Thompson of Thompson’s Realty – “Online Presence”

It’s a free call where you’ll get sound advice – and be able to ask these experts questions that relate specifically to your business! There are already a couple hundred people registered, so we are anticipating an interesting and fun event.

See the full email invitation.

Sign up here and we’ll see you on Tuesday.

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Posted by: Jessica Gopalakrishnan on August 8th, 2008 under Ask the Experts

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The Long Tail of Blogging

My first real effort at blogging occurred almost two years ago on ActiveRain—and I was immediately hooked.

I loved the real estate blogging community with its running stream of commentary, sense of humor and predictable disagreements. We were all gifted with the opportunity to openly develop our voices and emerging blogging skills—and shared immense chunks and tidbits of knowledge.

 

We also discovered pretty quickly that Google and other search engines were following us closely—and sometimes loosely.

We learned about the power of the long tail, or how obscure information in the content of blogs and websites gets stored on the search engines—with some potentially interesting results. Let’s say someone searches the term “rimless shower doors” on Google.

In late 2006, there were Page One results for a listing (with rimless shower doors) we had described on our website in 2004. Today, a blog article I wrote in May 2007, Drag a Long Tail and See What You Catch (describing the rimless shower door finding), now sits on Google Page One results for that term.

I never intended to become a rimless shower door expert, but Google doesn’t know that. Nor, I doubt, did HomeGain blogger and Phoenix Realtor Jay Thompson ever intend for Continue reading this post

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Posted by: Roberta Murphy on June 30th, 2008 under Blogging and Social Networking, Guest Bloggers

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Six Million And Counting

Today we announced in a press release that HomeGain.com received more than 6MM website visits last month, making us the second most visited real estate website to start off the year, according to Hitwise.

We attribute this number to our recently redesigned website and access to tools that allow visitors to:

• Get instant estimates of homes values and connect with AgentView real estate agents to receive information regarding the home selling process

• Find and compare Realtors using AgentEvaluator

• View MLS listings displayed by thousands of BuyerLink™ real estate agents and brokers

• Determine the best home improvements with Home Sale Maximizer

Let’s not forget the latest HomeGain resource, this real estate blog, as well.

On the press release Louis commented: “We are pleased to announce the launch of our guest blogger program that brings to HomeGain some of the best real estate bloggers in the country. To date we have featured Continue reading this post

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Posted by: Jessica Gopalakrishnan on February 11th, 2008 under HomeGain

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Invasion of the Guest Bloggers Continues

HomeGain is committed to providing the best marketing tips and real estate information to its agents. We know that HomeGain is not the only way to for Realtors to attract customers.

In line with that thinking, we are proud to have Jay Thompson, aka the Phoenix Real Estate Guy, as the next guest blogger on the HomeGain Real Estate Blog.

Presenting Jay Thompson:

Jay is a REALTOR® with Century 21 Aware Realty in Phoenix, Arizona, and a devoted real estate blogger. Jay’s real estate weblog is called The Phoenix Real Estate Guy and he also contributes to other real estate blogs including Bloodhound Blog, Zillow’s Geek Estate Blog, and the Phoenix Real Estate Technology Exchange weblog.

He recently founded NARWisdom.com, a weblog venue for real estate professionals to openly discuss the National Association of Realtors. Jay is also the founder Continue reading this post

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Posted by: Louis Cammarosano on February 5th, 2008 under Guest Bloggers

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