Saturday roundup: Inman Connect edition

August 8, 2015 by SmartZip in 

We've pushed our usual Friday Finds post back in order to bring you a Saturday roundup of everything we loved and read on the internet this week. Here's what has resonated with us as we've participated in the real estate and tech conference Inman Connect in San Francisco. Enjoy!

Giving back

Give Back Homes has inspired us for a long time, and we were excited to see that they were at Inman Connect's conference. Check out their mission and model here. Plus, here's another story of a San Diego man who has built a crowd-funded real estate investment firm that helps those who wouldn't normally afford investment properties take advantage of the market.

Starting at square one

While there was a lot of talk about technology and disruption at #ICSF, we were struck by how many agents and brokers recommended a return to the basics when landing clients or listing homes. Here's our recap of five different events that agents can try to replicate in their market. If you want to restart everything from scratch, or if you're looking for a way to be more strategic in every facet of your business, check out this 2015 Realtor Business planning kit, available for just $7.

What's your sign?

While QR code sign riders were all the rage a few years ago, and many vendors will offer you bells and whistles to add to your yard sign, most industry experts agree that less is more. Here's a guide to the best yard sign from Real Trends.

And no matter what you do, make sure you don't replicate any of these signs, which are the worst we've seen.

Standing out

There are over one million real estate professionals in the country, but you only want your clients to know your name. If you're looking for ways to stand out, start by looking at who you are, what you do and what you do differently. Here's a guide for finding your point of difference in any industry. Cade Madison of Real Trends also recaps his ideas on how to stand out by offering more personal value, and his approval of the give-back model.


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