|By Marketwired .||
|December 17, 2012 08:01 AM EST||
LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/17/12 -- The housing market is steadily recovering, which is fueling demands for real estate agents' and Realtors' services. As the market heats up, individuals in these professions will likely find they need the best tools to stay connected with prospective buyers and sellers, as timing is critical to closing deals.
According to a November news release(1) by the National Association of Realtors ("NAR"), total existing home sales -- completed purchases of single-family residences and town homes, condominiums and co-ops -- increased in October to a seasonally adjusted rate of 4.79 million, representing a 2.1 percent jump. The NAR reported that total housing inventory also dropped, and that in October there were 2.14 million existing homes up for sale -- a 5.4-month supply and the lowest rate since February 2006, when there was a 5.2-month supply.
In a November joint news release, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development reported that privately-owned housing starts for October 2012 rose 3.6 percent above the revised estimate for September 2012, which was 863,000. The seasonally adjusted total for October 2012 was 894,000, the highest rate since 2008, when the number of new privately-owned housing starts was 622,000 according to the release.
Real estate agents and Realtors may see the improving housing market as an opportunity to get back on top of their game. Jay Thompson, director of industry outreach and social media for real estate marketplace Zillow, recommends they use the most powerful technology at their disposal -- the telephone. In an article(2) for Inman News, Thompson opines that the key to success is not necessarily having the fanciest technologies. Rather, success depends on speaking to clients, keeping in touch with colleagues and staying connected with all of the stakeholders involved in real estate transactions.
In today's fast-paced world, people have grown accustomed to having instant access to information. With this in mind, it's even more important for professionals in the housing market to make themselves available while they're on the go. A virtual phone system from eVoice® offers the following features to help real estate agents and Realtors provide the most professional services and communications throughout their busy days, so they never miss out on important business opportunities:
1) A full-feature phone system without the restrictive wires - Real estate agents and Realtors can't afford to stay in their offices waiting for clients to call. When they are out on the road, they can use a virtual phone system to enjoy all the benefits of professional communication services -- call routing, voice to text, personalized messages and call screening -- without being tethered to their desks by wires.
2) Real-time collaboration with buyers and sellers - Timing is crucial for closing deals in the housing market, and a missed call or an unreturned voicemail can ultimately lead to real estate agents and Realtors losing out on valuable business opportunities. With a virtual phone system, professionals can keep their existing phone numbers and forward incoming calls to mobile devices, enabling themselves to speak with buyers and sellers in real time.
3) Screening and routing - Real estate agents and Realtors can use call routing and call screening features to ensure they receive communications on the go, without interrupting scheduled showings and important meetings. The services let individuals decide which calls demand immediate attention, and which can be transferred to voicemail and returned at a more appropriate time.
4) Customizable professional greetings - Even the smallest companies can compete with their larger competitors by using customizable greetings that lend a sense of professionalism. Real estate agents and Realtors can record their own messages for menu options and voicemail, which helps bolster their credibility.
5) Record and transcribe calls - Busy real estate agents and Realtors may receive a high volume of calls that makes it difficult to keep track of the details discussed in every communication. When they speak with clients on the go, they need to make sure they will remember important specifics. Having the ability to record and transcribe calls makes it easy for them to reference past conversations, allowing them to expedite deals and close sales when the moment is right.
For additional information about eVoice, please visit the eVoice blog at http://blog.evoice.com
eVoice is a brand service and trademark of j2 Global (NASDAQ: JCOM). eVoice, one of the industry's leading virtual phone services, offers a wide selection of local or toll-free numbers and is the only phone service of its type to offer personalized U.S.-based VIP setup and support for new accounts. eVoice is online at www.evoice.com.
About j2 Global
j2 Global (NASDAQ: JCOM) provides cloud services for business, offering Internet fax, virtual phone, hosted email, email marketing, online backup, unified communications, and CRM solutions. Founded in 1995, the company's messaging network spans more than 49 countries on six continents. j2 Global markets its services principally under the brand names eFax ®, eVoice®, FuseMail®, Campaigner®, KeepItSafe®, and Onebox®. As of December 31, 2011, j2 Global had achieved 16 consecutive fiscal years of revenue growth. For more information about j2 Global, please visit www.j2global.com.
(1) View the NAR news release at http://www.realtor.org/news-releases/2012/10/existing-home-sales-rise-in-october-with-ongoing-price-and-equity-gains
(2) Find the Inman News article at http://www.inman.com/opinion/guest-perspective/2012/11/21/the-greatest-real-estate-technology-ever
The Industrial Internet revolution is now underway, enabled by connected machines and billions of devices that communicate and collaborate. The massive amounts of Big Data requiring real-time analysis is flooding legacy IT systems and giving way to cloud environments that can handle the unpredictable workloads. Yet many barriers remain until we can fully realize the opportunities and benefits from the convergence of machines and devices with Big Data and the cloud, including interoperability, data security and privacy.
Feb. 1, 2015 01:00 PM EST Reads: 3,022
Wearable devices have come of age. The primary applications of wearables so far have been "the Quantified Self" or the tracking of one's fitness and health status. We propose the evolution of wearables into social and emotional communication devices. Our BE(tm) sensor uses light to visualize the skin conductance response. Our sensors are very inexpensive and can be massively distributed to audiences or groups of any size, in order to gauge reactions to performances, video, or any kind of presentation. In her session at @ThingsExpo, Jocelyn Scheirer, CEO & Founder of Bionolux, will discuss ho...
Feb. 1, 2015 01:00 PM EST Reads: 2,097
DevOps Summit 2015 New York, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that it is now accepting Keynote Proposals. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long development cycles that produce software that is obsolete at launch. DevOps may be disruptive, but it is essential.
Feb. 1, 2015 12:15 PM EST Reads: 2,776
The 3rd International Internet of @ThingsExpo, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that its Call for Papers is now open. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the biggest idea since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.
Feb. 1, 2015 12:00 PM EST Reads: 8,231
Connected devices and the Internet of Things are getting significant momentum in 2014. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist & Technology Evangelist at Greenwave Systems, examined three key elements that together will drive mass adoption of the IoT before the end of 2015. The first element is the recent advent of robust open source protocols (like AllJoyn and WebRTC) that facilitate M2M communication. The second is broad availability of flexible, cost-effective storage designed to handle the massive surge in back-end data in a world where timely analytics is e...
Feb. 1, 2015 12:00 PM EST Reads: 2,903
ARMONK, N.Y., Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it is bringing a greater level of control, security and flexibility to cloud-based application development and delivery with a single-tenant version of Bluemix, IBM's platform-as-a-service. The new platform enables developers to build ap...
Feb. 1, 2015 11:15 AM EST Reads: 3,408
Building low-cost wearable devices can enhance the quality of our lives. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Sai Yamanoor, Embedded Software Engineer at Altschool, provided an example of putting together a small keychain within a $50 budget that educates the user about the air quality in their surroundings. He also provided examples such as building a wearable device that provides transit or recreational information. He then reviewed the resources available to build wearable devices at home including open source hardware, the raw materials required and the options available to power s...
Feb. 1, 2015 11:00 AM EST Reads: 2,614
The Internet of Things promises to transform businesses (and lives), but navigating the business and technical path to success can be difficult to understand. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Sean Lorenz, Technical Product Manager for Xively at LogMeIn, demonstrated how to approach creating broadly successful connected customer solutions using real world business transformation studies including New England BioLabs and more.
Feb. 1, 2015 10:45 AM EST Reads: 2,818
Since 2008 and for the first time in history, more than half of humans live in urban areas, urging cities to become “smart.” Today, cities can leverage the wide availability of smartphones combined with new technologies such as Beacons or NFC to connect their urban furniture and environment to create citizen-first services that improve transportation, way-finding and information delivery. In her session at @ThingsExpo, Laetitia Gazel-Anthoine, CEO of Connecthings, will focus on successful use cases.
Feb. 1, 2015 10:15 AM EST Reads: 2,109
The Internet of Things is a misnomer. That implies that everything is on the Internet, and that simply should not be - especially for things that are blurring the line between medical devices that stimulate like a pacemaker and quantified self-sensors like a pedometer or pulse tracker. The mesh of things that we manage must be segmented into zones of trust for sensing data, transmitting data, receiving command and control administrative changes, and peer-to-peer mesh messaging. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ryan Bagnulo, Solution Architect / Software Engineer at SOA Software, focused on desi...
Feb. 1, 2015 10:00 AM EST Reads: 2,591
Enthusiasm for the Internet of Things has reached an all-time high. In 2013 alone, venture capitalists spent more than $1 billion dollars investing in the IoT space. With "smart" appliances and devices, IoT covers wearable smart devices, cloud services to hardware companies. Nest, a Google company, detects temperatures inside homes and automatically adjusts it by tracking its user's habit. These technologies are quickly developing and with it come challenges such as bridging infrastructure gaps, abiding by privacy concerns and making the concept a reality. These challenges can't be addressed w...
Feb. 1, 2015 10:00 AM EST Reads: 3,327
The Domain Name Service (DNS) is one of the most important components in networking infrastructure, enabling users and services to access applications by translating URLs (names) into IP addresses (numbers). Because every icon and URL and all embedded content on a website requires a DNS lookup loading complex sites necessitates hundreds of DNS queries. In addition, as more internet-enabled ‘Things' get connected, people will rely on DNS to name and find their fridges, toasters and toilets. According to a recent IDG Research Services Survey this rate of traffic will only grow. What's driving t...
Feb. 1, 2015 10:00 AM EST Reads: 3,315
"For over 25 years we have been working with a lot of enterprise customers and we have seen how companies create applications. And now that we have moved to cloud computing, mobile, social and the Internet of Things, we see that the market needs a new way of creating applications," stated Jesse Shiah, CEO, President and Co-Founder of AgilePoint Inc., in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 15th Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Feb. 1, 2015 09:30 AM EST Reads: 2,475
The Internet of Things is tied together with a thin strand that is known as time. Coincidentally, at the core of nearly all data analytics is a timestamp. When working with time series data there are a few core principles that everyone should consider, especially across datasets where time is the common boundary. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Jim Scott, Director of Enterprise Strategy & Architecture at MapR Technologies, discussed single-value, geo-spatial, and log time series data. By focusing on enterprise applications and the data center, he will use OpenTSDB as an example t...
Feb. 1, 2015 06:45 AM EST Reads: 3,293
The industrial software market has treated data with the mentality of “collect everything now, worry about how to use it later.” We now find ourselves buried in data, with the pervasive connectivity of the (Industrial) Internet of Things only piling on more numbers. There’s too much data and not enough information. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Bob Gates, Global Marketing Director, GE’s Intelligent Platforms business, to discuss how realizing the power of IoT, software developers are now focused on understanding how industrial data can create intelligence for industrial operations. Imagine ...
Feb. 1, 2015 06:30 AM EST Reads: 2,053
Cultural, regulatory, environmental, political and economic (CREPE) conditions over the past decade are creating cross-industry solution spaces that require processes and technologies from both the Internet of Things (IoT), and Data Management and Analytics (DMA). These solution spaces are evolving into Sensor Analytics Ecosystems (SAE) that represent significant new opportunities for organizations of all types. Public Utilities throughout the world, providing electricity, natural gas and water, are pursuing SmartGrid initiatives that represent one of the more mature examples of SAE. We have s...
Feb. 1, 2015 05:15 AM EST Reads: 3,257
There is no doubt that Big Data is here and getting bigger every day. Building a Big Data infrastructure today is no easy task. There are an enormous number of choices for database engines and technologies. To make things even more challenging, requirements are getting more sophisticated, and the standard paradigm of supporting historical analytics queries is often just one facet of what is needed. As Big Data growth continues, organizations are demanding real-time access to data, allowing immediate and actionable interpretation of events as they happen. Another aspect concerns how to deliver ...
Feb. 1, 2015 03:00 AM EST Reads: 3,630
Scott Jenson leads a project called The Physical Web within the Chrome team at Google. Project members are working to take the scalability and openness of the web and use it to talk to the exponentially exploding range of smart devices. Nearly every company today working on the IoT comes up with the same basic solution: use my server and you'll be fine. But if we really believe there will be trillions of these devices, that just can't scale. We need a system that is open a scalable and by using the URL as a basic building block, we open this up and get the same resilience that the web enjoys.
Feb. 1, 2015 02:00 AM EST Reads: 3,227
The Internet of Things will greatly expand the opportunities for data collection and new business models driven off of that data. In her session at @ThingsExpo, Esmeralda Swartz, CMO of MetraTech, discussed how for this to be effective you not only need to have infrastructure and operational models capable of utilizing this new phenomenon, but increasingly service providers will need to convince a skeptical public to participate. Get ready to show them the money!
Jan. 31, 2015 11:30 PM EST Reads: 3,141
Jan. 31, 2015 07:30 PM EST Reads: 3,265