Win a Google Home device. New RealBird sweepstakes.

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We started a new sweepstakes for RealBird members. Following are the rules to enter for a chance to win a Google Home device:

  1. Visit the referral page on your RealBird member dashboard (login or sign up for free if you are new to RealBird)
  2. Invite your colleagues through email or share your referral Url via social media. The referral page has all the tools you need.
  3. The more people you refer, the more entries you receive in the sweepstakes. Referral points never expire.
  4. No purchase is necessary to enter or win. A purchase does not improve your chances of winning. Void where prohibited by law.

Drawing will be on May 31, 2017.

Good luck!

-- The RealBird Team

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House-Hunting Help: Which Home Style Is Right for You? - Guest Post By Houzz

When you are shopping for a house to buy or rent, how much does house style play into your decision-making process? Knowing the features (and drawbacks) of a handful of main house styles can help you search smarter, and help you find a home that works not only for your style but for your life.

What is available on the market depends on what region you live in, as well as whether you are focusing on an urban, a suburban or a rural community. Even specific neighborhoods within a town can be more heavily concentrated with a certain house style — just think of the "painted lady" Victorians in the Haight-Ashbury area of San Francisco.

Once you have a house style in mind, take a drive around your area to see if there is a neighborhood you should focus your search on. Learn more here about eight common house styles in the United States to see if one of them is right for you.

White Colonial House

Colonial. This traditional East Coast U.S. style tends to have a symmetrical facade, two stories and a formal entrance front and center. Is it for you? Colonial homes have classic curb appeal in spades and a nice separation between public rooms (living room, dining room, kitchen) on the first floor and bedrooms upstairs. Small, separate first-floor rooms can feel quite formal and sometimes dark — the polar opposite of an open floor plan.

Craftsman bungalow. Influenced by the English Arts and Crafts movement, American Craftsman houses are known for their solid, quality construction, low-slung profile and use of natural materials like stone and shingles made of wood. Most common in California, Craftsman homes can also be found across the country. Similar in style, Prairie homes dominate in the Midwest. Related: What Defines a Craftsman Style House?

Is it for you? With an open floor plan and plenty of built-in details like desks, china cabinets and shelves, Craftsman homes make excellent use of a compact space. Repairing and replacing period details can be costly.

Home Renovation and Addition in Decatur

Cape Cod. A popular East Coast U.S. style, the Cape Cod house is a small, usually shingled cottage with a pitched roof and dormers.

Is it for you? With its petite footprint and charming cottage style, Cape Cod style is great for smaller households. It's also a natural choice for vacation homes and can be found across the country. As with many older house styles, Cape Cods tend to have little storage space.

Traditional Exterior

Victorian. Fancy gingerbread trim, towers and wraparound porches are hallmarks of this unmistakable style. Inside you will find lots of cozy, private rooms and nooks.

Is it for you? The warren of small rooms can be either a help or a hindrance, depending on your lifestyle. If having a separate library, den, music room and office appeals more than one large space, the layout of a Victorian home could be a great fit. Historic Victorians can be costly to repair and maintain.

Colombatto Oceano

Spanish style. Especially popular in warmer regions of the country, Spanish revival–style homes tend to feature arches, tile work and white stucco. Some may have balconies or a central courtyard.

Is it for you? Thick stucco walls and tile floors are naturally cool, which is ideal for warm climates. The charming gardens, courtyards and balconies are perfect for outdoor entertaining. In older Spanish revival homes, bedrooms and closets tend to be small.

Chimney Corners

Ranch. These sprawling, single-level homes can be found all across the country. Key features include open floor plans, patios and an attached garage. Related: Thousands of Design Ideas and Inspiration for Your Patio

Is it for you? With big yards, open floor plans and plenty of storage, ranch homes are a natural choice for families. With their single-story layout and low maintenance requirements, smaller ranches are ideal for retirees and empty-nesters as well.

Brooklyn Heights Addition

Row house. This urban housing style takes on a different look depending on the city, from the brownstones of New York to the Victorian row houses of San Francisco. All feature long, narrow floor plans and can be either divided into flats or kept as single-family homes.

Is it for you? Newly constructed lofts and townhouses have more spacious floor plans, but a classic old row house has character to spare and may feature hand-crafted built-in details.

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Modern. While "modern" covers pretty wide ground, you can count on modern homes to feature large expanses of glass, crisp architectural lines and open plans. Related: Fill a Modern Home With Contemporary Furniture

Is it for you? Lovers of modern design will surely gravitate toward this home style. The wide-open spaces also make modern homes ideal for entertaining.

This post was written by Laura Gaskill, Houzz and posted by RealBird with permission.


Marketing with Real Estate Videos

Video production is getting cheaper and easier with every year and by now, more and more agents are using real estate videos as part of their standard marketing toolkit. Snap, Facebook and Instagram live videos are gaining popularity too, as more consumers are comfortable with real-time, smartphone based videos and it only make sense that we at RealBird introduce more and more video related features and assistance for you. As a new feature, we are now automatically post RealBird listings that include Youtube or Vimeo videos to a dedicated Facebook page, with more distribution channels coming soon.

You can "like" this new Facebook Page and get tips from other agents on how to best utilize real estate videos for marketing.


New RealBird webinar dates announced

We are starting our 2017 webinar series!  First session will be on Feb 3, 8-9 am PST. Our webinars are geared towards being useful for beginner and experienced users. 

These days for most agents their MLS, corporate brands and agent websites will not be very effective in generating enough business.  Mastering your RealBird toolset will allow you to:

  1. market your listings
  2. win in listing presentations
  3. grow your online footprint so you can be more easily found and
  4. promote your own brand and stand out from the competition.

To register for our webinars please use our webinar page:

http://www.realbird.com/Real-Estate-Training-Webinars.aspx

We hope to see many of you at one of the webinars

-- The RealBird Team


8 Lessons You Can Learn From an Open House - Guest post by Houzz

When we were in the process of selling our home, I was surprised to learn from my real estate agent that open houses are not typically thought to be effective in selling a house. “They’re just for the neighbors” is the going logic. But there are plenty of reasons to attend open houses, whether or not you are looking to buy. Here are eight reasons to check out those weekend open houses near you.

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1. Get to know your local housing market before you sell. This is something I wish we had done. Simply attending a few open houses in your neighborhood can give you an education about the housing market in your area beyond what your real estate agent can tell you. The prices of comparable homes, features that are popular and attendance levels at open houses can be valuable data to gather before you put your home on the market.

Northside Colonial

2. Get ideas for staging. Whether you are looking for a professional to help you stage your home or want to do it yourself, attending open houses is a great way to pick up ideas. Notice wall colors, furniture arrangements, styles and accessories, and use this information as a jumping-off point for your own staging process. Related: Spruce Up an Overlooked Space in Your Home With These Home Decor Products

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3. Gather design inspiration. On the other hand, if you’ve recently purchased a home and are looking for decorating and remodeling ideas, local open houses can show you what other homeowners have done. It’s especially helpful to look at homes that have floor plans similar to yours. Related: Browse Bedroom Design Ideas

Contemporary Farmhouse

4. Get comfortable in a home you are considering buying. If you’ve been seriously looking to buy for a while, and you have narrowed your prospects down to a few favorite homes, attending the open house can be a nice way to explore the home further and hear what other open house attendees are saying.

Princess Margaret Residence

5. Get referrals for pros. If you live in the neighborhood and are looking for a good contractor, designer or other professional, scoping out open houses can be a good way to view that pro’s work firsthand. Most agents have established relationships with pros they know and trust, and are happy to share recommendations. But if you are there without any intention of buying, don’t take up the agent’s time during a busy open house. Wait for a slow stretch and be honest and upfront about what you are looking for.

Mountain Hill Home-- Family Room

6. Be a fly on the wall. If you’re thinking of selling your home soon, having some idea of what buyers are looking for in your neighborhood can be incredibly helpful. There’s no need to pretend that you’re a potential buyer while attending open houses. Most agents realize that neighbors like to attend open houses, and it’s best to be honest (or at least quiet) and not waste an agent’s time with pretense.

Rockridge 2: Designed, Staged, & Sold

7. Meet your future agent. Seeing an agent in action is a great way to get a feel for his or her style and consider whether you would work well together. We met our buyer’s agent at an open house she was working. We didn’t really mesh with the house (and weren’t quite ready to buy), but we were impressed with the agent, so when it was time to get serious about house shopping, we looked her up.

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8. Think of it as a practice run. We’ve all heard stories of the “love at first sight” home purchase. But if you’re buying a house for the first time, it can be a good idea to get in a few practice runs before you begin your search in earnest. Once you’ve viewed 10 or more houses, you won’t be as thrown off by the process. Tip: Keep a list of must-have items to check at each home you see, and get some practice running through your checklist at open houses before you really begin your search.

This post was written by Laura Gaskill, Houzz and posted by RealBird with permission.