How come I can't view the Demo Tour?
You may be using an outdated internet browser. The Demo Tour was created using Flash Player Macromedia and requires Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher or Netscape 4.7 or higher, which 90% of the population is using. There are two options:
1) You can download the Flash Player Macromedia from this website www.macromedia.com and keep your current internet browser. Go to Shortcuts, Download Flash Player and follow the instructions for the FREE download.
2) You can update your internet browser. Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher and Netscape 4.7 or higher. These versions have the Flash Player Macromedia built-in.
If you still have technical difficulties, send us an email to info@FirstToVisit.com
How does the process work from start to finish?
1. Log-in to your account. Follow the easy steps in "Getting Started". You will create your Company profile, your personal profile, and your affiliate profiles(Builder or Lender). You only need to create these profiles once, the information will be saved for future presentations.
You will have the opportunity to upload your logo, your photo, logos for the lenders and builders and their photos.
2. Reqeust a testimonial from your clients for the end of the Presentation. We have an easy form already made up for you to use once you sign up.
3. You take photos of the new homeowners and their home. (Usually at the final walk through.)
4. Create the Presentation with our easy to follow template. You will upload the photos from your computer, customize the captions, choose the background color and music.
5. Choose the lender or builder info if applicable.
6. Send the Presentation to the new home owners as a Client Gift by using our email announcement template.
7. They will forward the New Home Presentation to everyone in their email address book.
8. Make sure you (and anyone involved in the transaction) sign their guestbook.
Do I need a digital camera?
A digital camera is not necessary, though it is recommend. You may purchase a disposible camera, or use a regular film camera to take the pictures. When you get the film developed, ask the processer to provide you either with a CD of the pictures or access to them from the internet. Once you have the photos in an electronic form, you simply upload them into the Presentation.
If you use the services of a videographer to do virtual tours, many of them will also take still photos. They could take the pictures and provide them to you electronically.
Another option is to have the homeowner participate in the process and take the pictures.
Adding photos to our site is as easy as adding them to your multiple listing service websites. No re-sizing is required.
When is the best time to take pictures of the home?
It is usually most convenient to take the photos of the homeowner and the home at the final walk through. After the new homeowners are settled, offer to come back and take updated photos of the interior. This is another great opportunity for contact after the sale. The homeowners will re-send the Presentation out to their sphere a second time gaining you even more exposure! Change the title in the presentation the second time to say "We're finally settled".
How do I give the Presentation to my clients as a gift?
After you have created a Presentation for your new home owners, there is a box that says "Email the new homeowners". Simply click that box and a standard email announcement postcard will automatically be sent to them with a picture and link to their New Home Presentation. You also have the ability to write additional text, but it is not necessary. Once you email them, a copy of what is sent pops up for you to view.
Do I have to re-size my photos before I create a Presentation?
No, our user-friendly system automatically does this for you. If you are having a problem saving the photos, make sure the file name is 20 characters or less.
Can I change the background color or music?
Yes, you have the opportunity to choose the background color as well as different music selections to fit the personality of the new home owner or your company.
How many FTV Presentations can I create?
You can create as many as you would like. Each Presentation you create will be hosted for 12 months. You may renew the Presentation for another 12 months for $35.
How much does it cost?
A single First To Visit™ New Home Presentation is just $35.00. You may buy Presentations as you need them or buy in packages and get FREE Presentations. We also offer an Unlimited Presentations account for $999 renewed annually. You can choose our optional GET ME STARTED! Service for $99.
How Do I purchase Presentations?
Log on to FirstToVisit.com and go to the Sign-Up page. Once you complete the Registration you will receive a confirmation e-mail with your username and computer generated password. You can choose your own personal password after you log in the first time. Once logged in, you can buy Presentations and get started right away.
Why does it ask me if I have received written permission from my clients to post their photos and personal information on the First to Visit™ Presentation?
Privacy laws require that you have written permission to post personal photos or information on the internet. We have supplied you with a Testimonial Request Form that you may use, and keep for your records. You can find this under the “Forms” tab after you have logged in to your account.
Is it required that I have the lender and builder info on the Presentation?
No, when you create the Presentation, you have the ability to add the information for a lender or builder in addition to the Real Estate Agent info. The icons for this information will not show up on the Presentation if they are not chosen.
What if someone writes a derogatory remark in the Guestbook?
As the administrator, you have the ability to delete any unwanted comments from the guestbook. Click on “My Presentations” then click on edit/review guestbook to make any deletions.
Is it mandatory for guests to type in an email address when they insert a comment into the Guestbook?
No, Guests may enter a comment without it.
How do I cancel my FirstToVisit.com account?
If you are not satisfied with our services, you may cancel your account at any time. To cancel, login to your account and go to the “My Billing Account” Page. Once your account is cancelled, all of your presentations and materials will be deleted permanently. Allow 7 days for your credit card processing to be cancelled. If you aren't 100% satisfied, we'd like to know how to improve our services.
How do I change my Password, username, billing info, or credit card info?
Once you log in, click on “My Billing Account”, then you can change any of the information listed.
Realtors Up Their Stake in Technology Usage, NAR Survey Shows
Author Beth Bresnahan
This article has been reprinted with permission of RISMedia (www.rismedia.com), publisher of National Relocation & Real Estate magazine.
RISMEDIA, March 17-Realtors plan to spend 50 percent more on technology this year than they've spent in each of the past three years, according to a new survey by the National Association of Realtors.
The Realtors® & Technology: 2004 National Association of Realtors® Technology Impact Survey Report shows that the typical NAR member is looking to spend more than $1,300 on technology products, services and training in 2004, a 52 percent increase from a median of $900 in 2000 and 2002. In 2004, Realtors expect to spend $856 on technology products, $254 on technology services and $256 on technology training.
By comparison, the typical NAR member's promotion and marketing expenses were $1,200 during the same period.
David Lereah, NAR chief economist, said the growth in technology use over the last seven years has been amazing. "In 1997, only 26 percent of our members had Internet access; now about half of all Realtors have their own Web page," he said. "With almost all real estate listings now available on the Internet – and seven out of 10 buyers using the Web as a tool to search for a home – we can't even imagine a working business model today without this technology."
NAR President Walt McDonald, broker-owner of Walt McDonald Real Estate in Riverside, Calif., said the use of high-tech products has become so prevalent that Realtors can no longer be as productive without them. He cited the fact that 95 percent of Realtors use a mobile phone, 77 percent use a digital camera, 41 percent have a DSL connection and 40 percent use PDAs. And though GPS technology is relatively new, 7 percent of Realtors report using it.
"Realtors' appetite for technology is growing. On their wish list are wireless and PDA access to MLS listings, online floor plans, neighborhood crime and school stats, and electronic delivery and tracking of consumer disclosure statements," McDonald said. "Real estate professionals are embracing state-of-the-art technology that allows them to be more productive and focus on serving their clients.”
The survey shows that virtually all members—96 percent—use e-mail. About half conduct at least 25 percent of their communications with clients by e-mail and spend 4.6 hours per week checking and sending work-related e-mail. One in four uses an e-mail account through their firm, and 62 percent pay for their own account. Fifty percent of Realtors have their own Web page, up from 43 percent in 2001; another 21 percent of members plan to have a Web page in the future.
In addition, 95 percent work for a firm with a Web site and 94 percent of those sites feature real estate listings.
Realtors use technology products offered by their Multiple Listing Service (MLS), such as e-mail to buyers alerting them to new listings. The most frequently used MLS services are sales statistics, online data entry and Comparable Market Analysis software, which is used to assist in pricing homes.
Most of the survey respondents, 63 percent, were sales agents while 36 percent held a broker or associate broker license. They had been in the business for a median of eight years and typically work 42 hours per week. They were responsible for 14 transaction sides in 2003—equivalent to seven full sales—with a sales volume of $2.1 million.
The survey is the largest ever conducted by NAR. It was sent by e-mail to 270,000 members in December 2003 and generated 11,800 usable responses.
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