The Virtual Reality Tour – Fad or Function?

I don’t know if this will catch on…we all remember what happened to the Virtual Boy, lol.

Virtual Reality Property Tour – Insider’s View of Real Estate

Virtual Reality Property Tour

Nothing will replace actually being in the home using all five senses to experience it. We like technology, but even we think this is a little far-fetched as a viable, cost productive tool in real estate.

David Madaffari, Realtor

Mobile: (225) 772-3283
Email: David@GrassrootsTeam.com

Jonathan Diez, Realtor

Mobile: (225) 938-4653
Email: Jonathan@GrassrootsTeam.com

Keller Williams Realty First Choice
17111 Commerce Centre Dr.
Prairieville, LA 70769
(225) 744-0044

Trulia and Zillow Stock Hammered by Bad Earnings Report

Friday was not a great day to be in the online real estate information business.  After Trulia’s horrendous earnings report of a $11.1 BILLION loss in the December quarter of 2013, the stock tanked almost 18%.   As a secondary effect of the report, rival Zillow also fell about 10%.  Click here to read the full story.

One thing to remember about sites like Trulia and Zillow are that while they spend a lot of effort marketing their site to sponsors, agents, brokers and end-users, it is ultimately your trusted Realtor who can give you the most ACCURATE information on any property.  I can’t tell you how many times I have fielded the response “Zillow says this house is for sale” when it was actually withdrawn or even sold two months ago.  Remember, third-party sites not linked directly to your Realtor will always have a lag time when it comes to updating information.

What Trulia and Zillow do is rather extraordinary – they gather MLS and public record data from all over the country and display it for the world to see.  But something so complicated does have it’s drawbacks, and increasingly Realtors have similar tools (like our new Realtor Property Resource tool or MLS Data Co-Op) that can find the most up-to-date information for you.

As an investment, I’d buy into Trulia right now only because an 18% dip only has one way to go and that is up.  It’d be an easy way to make a few bucks at least!

David R. Madaffari, Realtor
Keller Williams Realty – First Choice
Office: 225.744.0044
Cell: 225.772.3283 (DAVE)
37325 Market Place Dr. Ste D
Prairieville, LA 70769
www.DavidMadaffari.com
Each office independently owned and operated

Choosing Light Bulbs Based on Your Fixtures

I recently went to Lowe’s to replace some bulbs in my house – and I was floored by the amount of options there are now!  Since incandescents are being phased out for their inefficiency, CFLs and the new LED bulbs are the future and will help all of us save energy.  But which lights should you choose for each application?  This article on Houselogic.com breaks it down for you.

Choosing Light Bulbs Based on Your Fixtures.

I’m personally excited to see where the LED technology goes.  With such a long life span, we could get to a point where a light bulb is just as much of a home fixture as a door knob.  You may change the knob before the LED bulb!

David R. Madaffari, Realtor
Keller Williams Realty – First Choice
Office: 225.744.0044
Cell: 225.772.3283 (DAVE)
37325 Market Place Dr. Ste D
Prairieville, LA 70769
www.DavidMadaffari.com
Each office independently owned and operated

Craigslist Kills Off Ability to Post Enhanced Ads – Real Estate Agents and Investors Affected

If anyone has perused Craigslist for homes for sale, you would have noticed the wide array of ads placed from individual sellers to powerful real estate teams.  Real estate agents especially had an advantage by being able to create great-looking HTML ads to place right in their postings to separate from the crowd.  The ability to post links to pre-filtered searches (for example “Click here for all Foreclosed homes in Baton Rouge”) was a great buyer lead-generating tool.  On November 7th, Craigslist eliminated this functionality without warning.  Here is an article below.

Craigslist Kills Off Ability to Post Enhanced Ads – Real Estate Agents and Investors Affected.

As a free market ambassador, I believe whole-heartedly that the motive here is exactly as the article states at the end – to ultimately monetize more of Craigslist.   For now, I guess my HTML and coding background will come in handy as I re-vamp my ads to stand out among the rest!

David R. Madaffari, Realtor
Keller Williams Realty – First Choice
Office: 225.744.0044
Cell: 225.772.3283 (DAVE)
37325 Market Place Dr. Ste D
Prairieville, LA 70769
www.DavidMadaffari.com
Each office independently owned and operated