Appraisal Institute Issues Earth Day Call for Collaboration to Real Estate Community

Would you like to make a difference when it comes to the appraisal values of “Green Properties” in Hampton Roads? 

Well, in celebration of Earth Day, the Appraisal Institute today called on the world’s real estate community to join in helping ensure reliable valuations for sustainable “green” buildings.

Appraisers are speaking out about a need to have all information from underwriters, builders, real estate agents and home inspectors related to energy efficient features in order to recognize them and to make appropriate, market-based adjustments. Appraisers frequently ask for ratings information, blueprints and specifications of properties’ conservation features but are not provided the information – either because those involved in their construction, sale or financing mistakenly believe they are not applicable to the appraisal process, or because the data are not generally available.*

Click the following link to see the full article… 

Also, in honor of Earth Day be sure to…

  • Stop by Starbucks TODAY!  They are offering a free brewed coffee to anyone who brings in a reusable cup.
  • And don’t forget  a trip to Lowe’s …you can plant a tree for FREE tomorrow.  Lowe’s is giving away one free seedling tree per person on Saturday, 4/23/2011 beginning at 6am.

*Data and Title is courtesy of RisMedia.

Outlook Social Connector

If you’re not on the social networking band wagon you had better hurry.  Being a part of the fastest growing media on the planet will add a huge boost to your business.  Without it, you’ll be left in the dust.  As I look back over the last 6 months I see the tremendous growth we’ve had here at The Real Estate Group.  Our social media plan has paved the way in creating a new platform on which we communicate to each other.  So today I’d like to just share a tidbit that was covered in our last social media class; we’re going to link Outlook with all of your social networks.

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Outlook is a great tool for contact management and if you use it you understand what I mean.  You can store contacts, organize groups, update info, and of course, email your database. But now Outlook has a plugin that connects those contacts to their various social media pages.  It’s called Outlook Social Connector.  You can read about it here.  Basically, it allows you to automatically pull contact info for someone who you’ve received an email from.  It pulls that content from their social media pages.  Whether it’s LinkedIn or Facebook, you’ll get the full bio in a small bar below the email.  Not only that, but if there are multiple recipients on an email, you can filter through each one.

There are, however, a few requirements.  First, you need to download the free plugin.  Follow the above link to do that.  Once it’s installed you need to select and download the app for each social media network.  If you’d like more info on how to do that, make sure you attend the upcoming social media classes we’re offering!  Lastly, you’ll only see your friend’s status updates.  Other contacts will ask you to add them first.  But what better way to connect with a new client!

There are thousands of free tools like this and I hope that in the future we’ll be able to cover more and more in this column.