Listings widget editor updated

As a follow-up to our recent feature update, you can now easily create distinct listing widgets for your different featured listing types including separating for-sale, rental and commercial properties. Just visit your RealBird listing widgets page and use the new checkboxes to select the listing types, as shown below. Then click "Preview & Get Code" to generate the widget's embed code.

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Should you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

-- The RealBird Team


$35+ Million Worth Of Listings - A Case Study Presentation By Janie Coffey

Janie Coffey

Please join us on May 12, 2017 for the follow up webinar of one of the most successful training sessions from a year ago. Some 18 months ago, Janie Coffey of Sotheby's moved to a brand new market and restarted her real estate business from scratch. With innovation and persistence, she quickly became a top producer of luxury real estate in the greater Jacksonville, FL area. She shared her experience with us a year ago. The recording of that webinar and the slides can be found here.

We are pleased to announce that Janie is returning as a guest speaker and will present a follow up webinar. She will introduce her case study of how she grew her business to $35+ million worth of listings. Don't miss this webinar! See the details below:

One Year Later: Lessons Learned About Starting From Scratch

Date: May 12, 2017 from 8 AM to 9 PM (Pacific time) 

Free webinar signup link: https://app.webinarjam.net/register/34300/42cdbd0a12

 Please share this with your colleagues. Hope to see many of you at the webinar.

-- The RealBird Team


Use your RealBird branded listing photos on Facebook

A great way to use your branded RealBird listing photos is to share them on Facebook at certain listing events, for example when the property is sold.

Below is a screenshot of long time RealBird member, Barbara Martino-Sliva's Facebook share about the sale of a beautiful property. 

Barbara Martino-Sliva

Notice the bottom left image partially showing the RealBird branded, primary listing photo.

As a reminder, you can get your own branded listing photos with a few clicks:

  • Sign in to RealBird.com
  • Go the "List of listings" page in the member area
  • Click the "Photo Branding Tool" link on the right side of a listing (or add a new property) and you can download the photo and share it on social media, in Craiglist post or blog articles.

Thanks Barbara for letting us share your example.

-- The RealBird Team


Create separate listing widgets for your rental and for-sale properties - the advanced method

Many of you are using RealBird for publishing both for-sale and rental properties and often times, the target audiences for the two types of listings are different. You can now create separate RealBird listing widgets for your rental and for-sale properties and embed them on separate pages on your website, or blog. You can also create distinct Facebook Page tabs for them.

We are still working on updating the member area so that you can easily select the desired property types for the widget on the user interface, but in the meantime, you can start using these targeted listing widgets from today. Just add the following to the end of your RealBird widget's link:

Add the following Url tag to the end of the link. It also works for the Board, Map and Gallery widgets.

&rb_type=

Values are dot separated and represent the numerical values of the RealBird featured listing types as follows:

1 - Single Family Residential

2 - Condominium

3 - Townhouse

4 - Multi Family

5 - Lots and Land

6 - Mobile Home

7 - Commercial

8 - Residential Rental

9 - Commercial Rental

10 - New Construction

100 - Other property type

So if you'd like to create a widget for Residential Rentals only, you would add &rb_type=8 to the end of any of your listing widgets. If you want to show Condos and Townhouses only excluding other property types, than you would add &rb_type=2.3 to the end of the link. Without this new parameter, the widgets will show all of your listings matching other criteria, just like before

This is an advanced method of using this new feature and may sound a bit overly complicated. We are going to release the updated code generator in the member area in the next few days, which will make generating these dedicated widgets as easy as clicking a few checkboxes.

Below is an example map showing residential rentals only, courtesy of Eric Slifkin

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As always, thanks for using RealBird and stay tuned for more upcoming features.

-- The RealBird Team 

 


House Hunting Checklist for Those Who Love to Entertain - Guest Post By Houzz

Feeling overwhelmed by the home-buying process? Don’t get swamped, get focused. Beyond the basics of location, price and condition, what do you really want from your home? In this series, we’re zeroing in on the top items to look for in a house based on your personal passions and lifestyle. Consider adding these 10 items to your home-buying wish list if you love entertaining.

 

1. Welcoming entry. Greeting guests is easier when you can usher them into a spacious entryway. Look for one with room to maneuver and good lighting. On the exterior, look for a covering over the entry to keep visitors dry during inclement weather. 2. Coat closet. A coat closet near the main entrance is helpful for stashing guests’ coats and bags, and it keeps these items out of sight. If the house has a spacious entry, you can fill this need with wall hooks or a coat tree, but if the entry is more compact, a closet will really help keep things tidy.

 

3. Kitchen counter seating. Inviting friends and family to pull up a seat and chat while you cook is a fun way to start a casual gathering. Look for a kitchen counter with plenty of space to prep, plus one side with room for guests to pull up a stool. Related: Pull Up Some New Counter Stools 4. Walk-in pantry. You need space to keep your ingredients and entertaining essentials like serving platters organized and accessible. Look for a walk-in or butler’s pantry with deep shelving and good light.

 

5. Open floor plan. Open-plan spaces are ideal for encouraging mixing and mingling during parties. Look for a spacious living area where you can put flexible seating to fit a big group and for good flow between the kitchen, dining and living areas. 6. Formal dining room. If you prefer hosting cozy sit-down dinners, a formal dining room is a must. Look for one with distinctive architectural features and enough space to fit your dining table and chairs, plus a buffet. A fireplace in the dining room can be the ultimate in coziness, but remember that a wood-burning fireplace requires more upkeep (and prep) than a gas fireplace.

 

7. Main-level powder room. A petite powder room is a big help when entertaining: It’s typically easy for guests to get to, and you don’t have to worry about cleaning up your main bathroom each time you have people over. Look for a powder room (also called a half bath) on the main level but preferably not directly off the dining room. 8. Basement rec room. A finished basement can be a big plus, especially for those in areas with cold winters. A fully finished and heated basement offers bonus living space for extras like a bar, pool table or big-screen TV. If you’re considering a home with a finished basement, be sure to find out if the ceilings are regulation-height, and ask your home inspector to check for signs of leaks or excess moisture.

 

9. Deck, porch or patio. Vast lawns are gorgeous to look at, but a deck or patio is where friends tend to gather. Look for one that’s next to the house with enough room to set up an outdoor living space or dining area. A covered porch can protect your gathering from bright sun and inclement weather. Privacy from neighbors, in the form of hedges or fencing, will make the area more appealing to use. And if mosquitoes are a concern, a screened-in porch makes it possible for you and your guests to enjoy the outdoors without getting eaten alive. 10. Indoor-outdoor flow. Encourage mingling both indoors and out with sliding glass or French doors. The visual connection helps groups feel connected and makes it obvious to guests where they are supposed to go. Look for large glass doors leading from the living room, dining room or kitchen (in an open-plan space) to a back deck or patio.

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