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#151623 - 06/29/07 07:37 AM Re: Pay it Forward... Tips & Tricks ***** [Re: MMann1]
ggwwttre Offline
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Registered: 06/15/04
Posts: 1187
Loc: Watsonville, CA, USA
21B (On taking street sign first)

If you miss the street sign (by the way that is a most excellent tip got it from Gig'em about a year ago helped me tremendously) if you miss it, don't worry, take the close up of the house number first... that'll work in a pinch for a separator too and even on a 15 photo day you can probably find the order by the number.

#153917 - 07/09/07 01:28 AM Re: Pay it Forward... Tips & Tricks [Re: ggwwttre]
Gulf Winds Offline
REO Slave
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Registered: 02/04/06
Posts: 1715
Loc: USA

Originally Posted By: Perky_REALTOR
Here is a free showing feedback service. They offer a couple of different packages including free.

I like free. smile

This is a great tool and your sellers will love it! One more way to save some time!

Why would you NOT use it... it's FREE!

Thanks Perky_REALTOR for the tip!!!
"There are people who make things happen, there are people who watch things happen, and there are people who wonder what happened. To be successful, you need to be a person who makes things happen.." - James Lovell- Astronaut

#153999 - 07/09/07 11:51 AM Re: Pay it Forward... Tips & Tricks [Re: Gulf Winds]
Ron Bourgeois Offline

Registered: 10/26/06
Posts: 91
Loc: Massachusetts

Remember your Passwords tip:

Today most passwords require a minimum of 8 letters and numbers, to keep things easy use this 8 character password changing only one character for each vendor.

BPOE2007 is the sample password, now lets break it down. BPO 'E' 2007

[BPO] or any of your own first three letters that you select are always the same. 'BPO' E2007

[E] Represents the first letter of BPO Vendor as in EMORT**** BPO 'E' 2007

[2007] or any four numbers you select are always the same in the password. BPOE '2007'

Examples: BPOC2007, BPOE2007, BPO oh oh what do I do if I have two companies with the same first letter. Let's say Country Wide.
use the W. example BPOW2007 or CW example BPOCW2007. or CC example BPOCC2007.

This way if someone gets one of your passwords they won't get into all of your online registrations.


#154064 - 07/09/07 05:16 PM Re: Pay it Forward... Tips & Tricks [Re: Ron Bourgeois]
Ron Bourgeois Offline

Registered: 10/26/06
Posts: 91
Loc: Massachusetts
Acronym definitions,

Need a definition for that acronym, go to Google search, enter the information needed as follows; [ define:GLA ] without the brackets. For the best search results you should use the colon between the words.

let GOOGLE be you acronym resource.


#155785 - 07/16/07 07:22 AM Re: Pay it Forward... Tips & Tricks [Re: Ron Bourgeois]
Clientless Offline

Registered: 11/06/06
Posts: 174
Loc: Midwest
28 On those 15 bpo days and you can't remember the number of bedrooms or bathrooms, especially in old houses sometimes chopped into duplexes, take pictures of your fingers. I shoot a few rooms and then hold up 2 or 3 fingers to indicated 2 or 3 bedrooms. I use left hand for bedrooms and right hand for bathrooms. Easy to tell when I get home and sort through to upload. Requires no paper and digital photos are cheap.

29 Stock Phrases. Spend a little time typing up a list of stock phrases. I use Excel. Tape the list next to your monitor. Can make it quick to enter comments when your brain is dead at the end of the day.

Edited by Clientless (07/16/07 07:24 AM)
No legal advice. Seek an attorney. This advice worthless than what you paid for it.

#155801 - 07/16/07 01:10 PM Re: Pay it Forward... Tips & Tricks [Re: Clientless]
reopro Offline

Registered: 09/13/06
Posts: 60
Loc: Virginia
30: If you are a bad speller or typist, checkout It will spell check most of your on line BPOs.

#155804 - 07/16/07 01:23 PM Re: Pay it Forward... Tips & Tricks [Re: reopro]
REO Specialist Offline

Registered: 04/04/06
Posts: 345
Loc: Alabama
Heres one that everyone should do... Even though you might not think it will happen...

Keep some kind of form or paper with you from the assigning company, just incase a neighbor calls the law on you for doing an Interior BPO!!! It will save you a lot of headache!! Also helps if you have a Realtor tag or something on your vehicle as well!!!
Michelle Baker
United Country - 4 Oaks Realty & Auction
Your REO Specialist!

#155854 - 07/16/07 06:50 PM Re: Pay it Forward... Tips & Tricks [Re: Gulf Winds]
LizL Offline
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Registered: 08/27/05
Posts: 1795
Loc: Missouri
32 Get statistical info on small towns and villages to explain why you had to expand search radius to find comps. I created a Word document into which I have copied the stats for my area's small towns. I copy and paste relevant info into any BPO without retyping it.

33 As mentioned in a previous hint, I also rename the Favorites link to add the user name/password. To provide some security, however, I have a "normal" word I use in most of my passwords. I can substitute a * for that word and then add prefix or suffix to change passwords for different uses. Email your browser's Favorites/links to yourself if you need to transfer them to another computer.
REO listing/selling since 2004; BPOs only for current clients

#156051 - 07/17/07 04:19 PM Re: Pay it Forward... Tips & Tricks [Re: LizL]
WorkWorkWork Offline

Registered: 03/21/07
Posts: 120
Loc: BPOville, USA
#34 -- Trade-in the gas-guzzling SUV . . . perhaps this seems like a "duh" to most of you but i had a really intimate relationship with my Durango (anyone cried at a dealership on trade-in?) -- it's gone and i don't miss my 11 miles to the gallon and my Toyota Matrix is averaging 33 miles/gallon allowing me to broaden my work area and help my bottom-line with gas prices --

#156146 - 07/17/07 09:43 PM Re: Pay it Forward... Tips & Tricks [Re: Arizona REO]
Countrygirl Offline

Registered: 12/14/05
Posts: 347
Loc: Missouri
#35 If you can't find an address in a small rural town call the post office.

#156632 - 07/19/07 04:03 PM Re: Pay it Forward... Tips & Tricks [Re: Countrygirl]
JQRealtor Offline

Registered: 06/08/07
Posts: 57
Loc: Midwest

One phone number for life...this allows all calls to be routed to your grand central number so if you change office, move or get a different cell phone number and have given out your Grand central number NO problem... no one will ever know...
Will ring all numbers (the one you choose to do so) at one time! Never miss a call again. Plus tons of great features FREE in beta. Grand Central has been aquired by GOOGLE.

Now taking reservations for numbers so check it out.
If you are interested... I have 5 invites I can give so you don't have to wait. I DO NOT receive any compenation for is just because I have been with them prior to being aquired by GOOGLE.


Edited by JQRealtor (07/19/07 04:04 PM)

#158101 - 07/25/07 07:23 PM Re: Pay it Forward... Tips & Tricks [Re: JQRealtor]
TheTexasGal Offline
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Registered: 06/13/06
Posts: 1448
Loc: ^
Ok, heres my contribution.....

I have 2 sets of business cards (broker approved).... One is the normal business card that us RE agents have. The other is my BPO business card. It says my name, realtor and then on the next line it says Property Investment Specialist. I give this one out when Im doing interiors, or some nosey neighbor gets in the way, or the police (on occasion). Its worked for me.

#158105 - 07/25/07 07:39 PM Re: Pay it Forward... Tips & Tricks [Re: Mitch]
Katerina Offline

Registered: 06/01/07
Posts: 51
Loc: Florida USA
I have been trying to figure out how to do that for a long time. How do you do that on your monitor?
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#158120 - 07/25/07 08:09 PM Re: Pay it Forward... Tips & Tricks [Re: Ron Bourgeois]
Katerina Offline

Registered: 06/01/07
Posts: 51
Loc: Florida USA
A great way to save your password is with Roboform. It is free. I installed and you can password protect your passwords or not, it auto populates forms and passwords,etc. I love it because I forget to write them down and at times I have been known to forget where I put them when I did write it down. Here is the link:
Roboform Roboform.

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For Real Estate Agents' Coaching:,

#158121 - 07/25/07 08:10 PM Re: Pay it Forward... Tips & Tricks [Re: TheTexasGal]
Margaritaville Offline

Registered: 04/24/06
Posts: 435
Loc: Illinois
#38 - In addition to always having extra batteries, invest in a battery charger you can plug in to you car's cigarette lighter. I found one on clearance at Wal-Mart for about $12.

#39 - I'm a total germaphobe - I bought a 50-pack of cheap washcloths that I keep in my trunk along with a bottle of rubbing alcohol. I wipe my hands and arms, and any other exposed skin, after interior BPO's. I'll also spray my shoes and pants with Lysol after the really nasty ones, and I spray my car seats every week or 2.

#40 - Be prepared; I keep it all in my trunk, and have been very glad to have it with me many times: Well stocked tool box, broom/dustpan, padlocks/hasps/lock boxes, air fresheners, light bulbs, flashlights, batteries, latex gloves & surgical masks (visit someone in the hospital and stock up smile ), small step ladder, trash bags, vics vapo-rub for the stinkies (Altoids work well too), bug spray & flea collars.....Did I miss anything? Duct tape! Gotta have duct tape!

Edited by Margaritaville (07/25/07 09:45 PM)
Edit Reason: Forgot something

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