Cutting the Cord with AOL and Other Free-Email Providers

Free email accounts, like AOL, advertise the email provider and not you or your business. Getting your own domain name and email allows you to leverage your brand. Why let Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL, and other free-email providers profit off of your brand? With your own name-branded email account, e.g.,, you have the ability and […]

Windows 10: Should REALTORS® Take The Plunge?

Microsoft’s long awaited new operating system—Windows 10—has finally arrived. Most consumers will take advantage of the free upgrade to Windows 10 that is available for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. But is it a wise choice to upgrade now? Well, that depends. For the average consumer upgrading shouldn’t cause a lot of concern. This […]

The Changing Face(Time) of Real Estate

Gone are the days of MLS books and driving around neighborhoods to find the perfect home to buy. Through technology, home buyers are able to search for a home and have financing completed all before talking to a REALTOR®. According to NAR, 100% of homes purchased have been viewed online. For several weeks, I was […]

President’s Message: Attend!

As your 2015 Tallahassee Board of REALTORS® President and considering my involvement with Florida REALTORS® as State Director for over three years, I urge all TBR members to attend the state conference at least once in your real estate career. Plan now to attend the Florida REALTORS® conference in Orlando, August 19 – 23. I’ve […]

DigiTally: Where Community Pride and Technology Merge

Community pride in Tallahassee is seen everywhere. From fantastic neighborhood associations, volunteerism, beautiful parks and trails to, now, a city that encourages residents to help in the process.  While the majority of the population is appreciative to live in a community where these values are part of our social responsibility, there are citizens that choose […]

What’s New in Apple’s IOS 8 Mobile Operating System

Apple’s IOS 8 operating system is available for download and installation. What’s included? Before I answer that, consider the following before you take the plunge and upgrade to IOS 8:  Perform a full backup of your device, just in case you have technical issues during the update process.  Installer beware. While the free download is […]

President’s Message, April 2014

We are having a busy spring at TBR!  Great American REALTOR® Day. Our CEO, Steven Louchheim; DVP, Debbie Kirkland; president-elect, Mariela Santurri; past-president, Bert Bevis; other TBR members, including Joy Woodruff; and I attended the Florida REALTORS® Meet & Greet with Governor Scott at the Governor’s Mansion. Governor Scott reinforced his support of Florida REALTORS®’ […]

MLS: What Are You Missing?

PART I I guess everyone knows what an MLS is. At its core, the MLS is a means for participants (brokers) in the MLS to communicate offers of compensation with other participants. That is it. Your MLS is a means to an orderly marketplace, where brokers can assist their sellers and their buyers. Over the […]

Immediate Action Required: Back Up Your Data Now

You may be aware of a new ransomware known as Cryptolocker. Yes, you read correctly: it is ransomware that can infect your PC or servers in the form of a Trojan, virus, or phishing attack. It renders your files and folders unreadable by encrypting them. The software sniffs out your personal office documents, photos, music, […]