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Custom Facebook Pages

by Joe Lininger

Real Pro Systems will be announcing a new collection of Facebook Business Pages for real estate agents. The custom pages will integrate with the agents Real Pro Systems website, allowing them to feature listings, forms, and video for their page visitors. Facebook pages are designed to match the agent's website, and are tuned to drive traffic and leads back to their systems. Here is a video overview, below:

More information will be made available on our main website at


Post Your Listings To Craigslist

by Joe Lininger

Craigslist attracting over 50 million unique visitors each month, making it one of the top destinations on the web today.  As of this writing, posting real estate listings is free on Craigslist, and offers real estate agents an effective way for reaching a motivated audience. 

Now, Real Pro Systems has made it easier than ever to post listings using our new Craigslist advertising template.   These eye-catching ads include additional property photos when available, and contact infomation with a link back to your website.  Simply copy and paste your listing information as shown in the video tutorial, below:

 Happy posting!


Custom Content: People, Search Engines Notice

by Joe Lininger

I recently conducted a Yahoo search using the term Portland Oregon Real Estate.  I got over 59 million results. I decided to narrow my search to the area of town I was interested in: Southwest Portland.  I submitted this search and got back over 5 million results.  Still a big number, but the results were much more focussed.

These long-tail searches are becoming much more common, and search engines are refining their tools to keep pace with changes in our search habbits.  Look closely and you'll see that Google filters results based on date, location, source and more.  This makes it a lot easier to get seen, as long as you customize your website with relevant content, and do so in a timely manner.

New content doesn't have to be complicated to be effective. Offer web content your visitors will appreciate. Local market stats, neighborhood tours, and upcoming events can add a lot of spice to your website.  Real Pro Systems has even created a number of Community Pages for cients that are being noticed by visitors and search engines alike.

Here are four ideas that can help you climb the search engine ladder:

  1. Create a community page with links to local homes for sale
  2. Offer potential sellers a tip for enhancing curb appeal
  3. Offer buyers insight on a recent negotiation
  4. Share local market stats from your local MLS

There are many more possibilities -- the key is to get started. If you need help, contact your client care representative today and ask about our custom content services. 


Custom Content Services - Now Available!

by Joe Lininger

Real Pro Systems now offers custom content services for RPS Silver, Gold, and Platinum websites.  Engage your web visitors and maximize your search engine ranking with custom pages promoting your community, services, and properties for sale. Each custom page is unique, and is researched, written, and formatted by a team of copywriters and technicians. watch the video to learn more about this new service.

This year Rob Levy added a custom community section to his website, offering helpful overviews to those facing relocation. The effort has already paid dividends. Within a month of putting up the new content, Rob received this note from an agent relocating from Virginia:

"Recently my husband received a job opportunity in Beaverton. We know absolutely nothing of the surrounding environs of Portland. Would you recommend a an area (or a few) to investigate during our house search - similar to what I described above? I read about the communities on your website... Thanks in advance. Amanda"

Adding community content is a must for any real estate website.  Contact your Real Pro Systems client care representative to learn more about this custom service.

AP news article - home sales

by Joe Lininger

Interesting Video from AP.  I was specifically searching the news results, and this video was available for viewing right there in the google search results page.  The title was shown with a + button to expand the entry and play the video. 


Agents Have A Lot To Blog About

by Joe Lininger

Is blogging a chore?  Blogging doesn't have to be difficult, especially when you're sharing good news.  Sometimes you just need a little inspiration.  We've got some great blog ideas for your consideration as we roll into the summer selling season:

  1. Promote Your Market Those "in the know" are taking advantage of today's favorable market conditions.  Low interest rates, affordable home prices, and stabilizing inventories have created a lot of opportunity.  Share what's happening in your neck of the woods.  Sellers have a larger pool of buyers this time of year, and buyers have a terrific selection of well priced homes.  This is a great time to be in real estate.

  2. First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit. Recent news from the Department of Housing and Urban development is a real gift to our housing markets.  Explain to first time buyers how they can come out ahead.  This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that people need to know about!

  3. Record Low Interest Rates. It's hard to know how long these interest rates will last, but you know it's only a matter of time before they head back up.  Five percent rates make nicer homes affordable to more people.  If you've been thinking about moving up, now be your best chance!

  4. Neighborhood profiles and current events. Great weather means there are great things going on everywhere.  By plugging in and promoting your community, you appeal to web visitors as a neighborhood expert.  Use this time to take pictures, post some video, and show others what your love about your area. Let your enthusiasm shine through - it can be contagious!

Writing on any of these topics can provide a wealth of great discussion points for your web visitors.  The more you share, the more you are seen as the local expert.  Search engines love a relevant website, and real estate buyers and sellers appreciate a knowledgeable agent!

Eugene Oregon Property Tax Trends

by Joe Lininger

If your lucky enough to live in Eugene Oregon, then you are among the thousands of residents who support our community through your property taxes.  Property taxes make our government go and provide a number of services our community needs. 

There has been some debate, however, when comparing property tax assessments with market values adjusted for a new economy.  Simply put, some assessments don't always reflect what's happening with a particular home.  Here's a report from CNN dated April 1, 2009:

Now, I am not suggesting that Eugene has a problem with inflated assessments, but people do need to know the questions to ask when looking for a home to buy, or who to turn to if they think their assessment is too high.

Homeowners owe it to themselves to reach out to their Realtor should they have questions about their own assessment.  Remedies vary from place to place, and a trusted real estate professional can be a great resource for helping you evaluate your own situation. Galand Haas of is a terrific local resource and can be reached at Keller Williams Eugene Springfield, Ph 541-349-2620.

For a discussion on this topic, listen to this short conversation with Brad Korn on his excellent Kansas City Real Estate podcast.


Bank Owned Stealth Sites

by Joe Lininger

Real Pro Systems recently worked with agent and co-founder Rob Levy of Prudential Northwest Properties to build a new stealth site,  The response has been nothing short of amazing!  In his first month Rob generated over 200 buyer leads through this new site, now available from Real Pro Systems.  

Featuring a fresh new layout complete with a tailor-made video, bank owned stealth sites offer people a fast and convenient way to sign up for your bank owned property updates.  The site includes a convenient signup area for people requesting a CMA.

Bank owned stealth sites are now available from Real Pro Systems and comes with a dedicated follow-up email campaign.  See an example of this site today at  For more information on this new website, or to order one yourself, contact us today at 541-743-8510 , or send an email to info (at)

the long tail

by Joe Lininger

Do you maintain a blog?  Many real estate agents find blogs to be an excellent resource for keeping web visitors informed, and sharing specific knowledge that people find valuable.  By posting market trends, anecdotal comments, and other content unique to your area, your blog becomes a wealth of information for anyone interested in local real estate.  And the more you can write about, the more readers you will attract.  

 If I write on something very generic like Portland Oregon Real Estate, my single post is going to be one of several million existing pages that already reference this topic.  On the other hand, a more detailed post about property values in the Rose City neighborhood will appeal to a much smaller, more targeted audience. If we plotted our blog posts on a graph, we would see a lot of competition for very generic content, and less competition for more detailed content. This phenomonon is seen in the long tail of search.

The more we write and share about our areas of expertise, the more topics we contribute to the long tail of search. I believe the most interesting content is the stuff that falls in the long tail, because this represents specific knowledge on key topics that are important to the reader.  Anyone searching for Rose City neighborhood property values has a keen idea of what they are

The collection of posts you develop and share touch many different lives on topics that are imprtant to them.  Sure, not all topics will get people to buy or sell homes.  So what?  We live life not just to sell homes, but to engange others, make relationships, and help others.

One of the great side benefits we see from blogging is that other folks take notice as we share about things that are meaningful to us.  It may be the housing market, a local school board measure, a favorite hobby, or the celebration of something neat in your community.  The more we write, the more search engines take notice.  Our personal longtail begins to grow on the web, and your blog starts coming up for searches outside of real estate alone.  This is one of the advantages of blogging.

Write about ideas that are helpful to others. Keep it positive, give hope, and offer people a reason to come back. Make connections, and make sure to mention what's going on in your specific field of expertise - local real estate. 

Give them the real you, and stand out from others who are affraid to do the same.

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