|Word from the editor|
Dear CyberAgent user,
An email that I received this morning read as follows;
That's just it! Who decides what you need?... our mothers?... our friends?... our colleagues? Surely we should know what we need? We know we need the basics like food, electricity, clothes etc... but what about the things you can't see and touch?... what about the things we feel... the things we should be doing in other peoples lives as well as our own? How do we know what we need to do in order to find that perfect yet elusive balance in our lives? It's quite simple actually...... you ask a question and then listen!
This is so true even in the Real Estate Industry. How do we know what we need to do in order to find that perfect balance in our real estate office? Ive asked the question now listen to my answer. For me your teams, and not only the real estate agents but the admin staff also, needs to strike a perfect balance of local knowledge and in depth real estate experience. Furthermore I firmly believes that the websites of our CyberAgent users strikes the perfect balance between form and function.
How important is online marketing in South Africa?
You cannot afford not to have a web presence on the Internet! If you dont gave a presence get it today still. Here at CyberAgent we teach our user that once you have your website to maximizing the effectiveness of it and to give the Internet browser what he/she is looking for. Best of all we encourage our users to list their websites as the most important factor in their business. Your website should be all around you, on all your printed material (business cards, invoices etc.)on all your print advertising, emails, signs even on the bumper of your motorcar.
I am not able to compete with the bigger estate agencies who operates in more affluent markets because my business are much smaller. This can no longer be said. Make your website work for you. Best of all.. stay enthusiastic! Should you have any questions or need more information on your website or our CyberAgent software do not hesitate to contact the CyberAgent support desk.
Until next month!
Urgent notice for all our Private Property and Quick sale users
We have implemented a new Interface for Private Property and FNB Quicksell website uploading.
Please ensure all your listings currently listed on Private Property or FNB Quicksell via CyberAgent Desktop is updated to the new Interface.
Once you have followed all instruction below, please confirm in writing by mailing me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once I have received your email, I will confirm that all listings are available on the new interface and will then urgently mail you your access link and login details for the new online interface.
All procedures and processes currently used to upload to Private Property or FNB Quicksell will remain exactly the same, these services are now only running online from a separate online interface.
All listing captured on your CyberAgent Desktop Application will feed through to this interface and there is no need to double capturing.
Please follow the following instructions and confirm once done.
If you are only registered for Private Property then you only have to do the Private Property section, if u are only registered for FNB Quicksell, then you need only complete the Quicksell section.
If you are registered for both please do necessary on both modules.
Once you have access to the online system, please confirm that the desktop and online systems both have the correct data.
Private Property Module first, followed by Quicksell Module
Private Property Module
FNB Quicksell Module
Property score feedback
This is a very nice feature!
This information will help us to list properties much better!
Im very happy that you have added this.
Its a great tool and its working...love it
What a nice feature to have!
Hi there, just a bit of feedback. I was wondering if you would not include adding a floor plan and virtual tour to the rankings? I think what youre doing is a great idea to improve the quality of listings out there and including VTs and Floor plans would add to the bulk of each property. Just a thought! Thanks, Deanna Cohen
Not everybody uses these functions so that would give an unfair advantage to those that do submit it. Also we dont capture floor plans separately so would be hard to tell which pic is floor plan
|CyberAgent Programme Enhancements|
|From our Support Desk|
Build 3.10.1582 is now available. Please make sure that you are using the latest version of CyberAgent.
We are currently in the process of updating all the reports in the Cyberagent system. These updates will improve the look of the reports making them more visually pleasing.
Q: How do I print reports out of Cyberagent?
A: This is quite a simple process, first you must open the property manager module. Then you just select the property which you would like to do the report on. Then at the top you click the button ‘print’. Then from the list that comes up select ‘report options’. Then a window will open up, on the left is a list of reports that you can choose from, a few examples are ‘window printout’ or ‘Blanklisting sheet’. Then you can export it to either a print preview or a PDF document or also to Microsoft word or excel and from their you can make use of your reports.
Q: How do I view stats of my properties
A: Log into Cyberagent and then open the property in the property manager module. When the property is open you will see in the bottom right hand corner is a button that says ‘view stats’. Click that button and you will be taken to an internet web page where you can view your stats. Please note that you will need to be connected to the internet to do this.
Q: Why do I get a message saying ’another user has already logged into this account’ when logging into cyberagent anywhere?
A: This either means a) that there is another person logging in with your details, you can only have one person per user account at once or b) that the account wasn’t logged out properly, when logging out of cyberagent please don’t just close the program, please go to the main menu and ‘log out’ or else your session is stored and will only expire in 30 minutes and then you can login again.
Should you experience any problems or have any questions, please contact our support desk on 011 955 9100 or email Support@cyberprop.com
|From our Domains & Emails Desk|
We experienced a problem this last month, where spam / unsolicited bulk emails were sent from domains hosted on our mail server.
Herewith advice from our hosting company:
It is nowadays a requirement to use strong and secure passwords
Passwords needs to be 8 characters long or more, and needs to contain at least one number
However in the past straightforward and uncomplicated passwords had been setup. (Most upon request from users, or by users themselves)
There are still domains setup on our server where so called easy or unsafe login credentials were used, which we obviously cannot simply go ahead and change.
It is therefore possible for these accounts / mailboxes to be compromised where a spammer can then authenticate with the login details and send out email messages.
We would like to strongly advice and recommend our customers to use stronger and secure passwords.
Can contact us so we can assist you with changing it, and help you update it on your mail client. (email program)
And for customers who have Control Panel access, we kindly request that you update your passwords if not secure
Also as our hosting company has advised, please check that your anti virus / anti mailware software stays up to date
Please email me at email@example.com for more information or should you have any questions.
|From our Webmaster|
"Should I move over to Google+? This is the question on the lips on many of our CyberAgent users.
I found the following article that will give you more perspective on this topic;
What Are Agents Doing With Google+?
Is Google+ really worth it? Thats the question a lot of real estate agents are asking themselves as they consider the prospect of adding yet another social network to their online marketing strategy.
InmanNext contributor Darin Persigner recently made the argument that Google+ is a negative for productivity at least for the moment. Is he right, or should agents be jumping on the Google+ bandwagon as soon as possible?
To start answering this question, we decided to take a look at what real estate agents are doing on Google+ at the moment before the new social network opens up to business profiles. Heres what we found...
Knowledge Factory's data team remain committed to having the best property data portal in South Africa.
Our various datasets include CAD (Cadastral data), NAD (National Address Directory), Deeds data (from all Deeds Offices in SA) and data from the Surveyor General's Office.
Cleaning, collating, verifying and intergrating the data with our geo-coder is a series of complex steps.
We refuse to be complacent and work continually to refine the process.
However property professionals are actually the first to observe changes in their areas or pick up any errors.
These include street names, new developments, sectional titles or a change in the area's property profile (e.g from predominantly residential to commercial suburbs).
Let's move away from the cloistered "secret-agent" way of doing real-estate business in SA and embrace the new global standard: Share, Share, Share!
The faster we can track changes and update our data, the faster everyone can make accurate informed decisions.
Please send any new data, issues or missing data to our team at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 086 6161 233.
Our new website is in bug-test stage and will soon go live.
The dot* …….is HOT!
|Website Marketing - over 90 websites!|
|Monthly Stats - July 2011|
Website Stats as at end July 2011
*Please note these values were the last stats received, and are kept primarily as indicators
|CyberAgent Training and Info Sessions|
We provide you with FREE training session in the following areas;
During these training sessions more information will also be provided on:
The training in George went smoothly and the concepts covered were received with enthusiasm. The general level of CyberAgent knowledge is definitely at a high level and queries were are resolved quickly. If you still dont know what extras are available in your CyberAgent application make sure that you attend a Free training session at our offices or contact support for more information - email@example.com
A warm welcome to all new Agencies July 2011:
We trust that by now you are well aware of what CyberAgent can do for you. If you need any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us at: +27 (0)11 955-9100 or 086 112- 9237
|EAAB The EAAB and PASCO Mandates|
It may at the outset be mentioned that during the previous six month period the Estate Agency Affairs Board (EAAB) has caused numerous investigations into a number of estate agency enterprises to be conducted especially in cases where there has been any suspicion of non-compliance. This fact underscores the commitment of the EAAB to efficiently, effectively and successfully discharge its statutory mandate of protecting consumers in their dealings with estate agents.
In response to your request for information as to why the Estate Agency Affairs Board (EAAB) cancelled the investigation mandates granted to Pasco Risk Management (Pasco), the EAAB would confirm that, acting on a resolution of the Executive Committee passed after careful consideration of all relevant matters, a letter immediately terminating the investigation mandates that had been granted by the EAAB to Pasco, was duly addressed to Pasco by Mr. Ashpol, the Executive Manager: Enforcement of the EAAB. Such letter was received and acknowledged by Pasco
|IEASA National - WCIEA - Clarification of estate agent and principals' requirements|
The position of estate agents and principals seeking to comply with the Estate Agency Affairs Boards compulsory educational requirements has been clarified by the Chairman of the Board, Mr Thami Bolani and Portia Mofikoe, EAABs acting executive for Stakeholders Relations and Education, in an interactive and informative seminar recently held with the Cape estate agents at the River Club in Observatory, Cape Town.
Outlining the main points set out in the seminar, Sandy Walsh, Head of the Western Cape Institute of Estate Agents, said, We welcome the extension granted by the EAAB for existing agents to achieve their qualifications and are pleased that there is no longer any question about the final dates.
|WCIEA - New IEASA GM|
The Western Cape Institute of Estate Agents (soon to become the PPSA, Property Professionals of SA), has appointed Dianne Brock as its general manager.
This follows on the move of the former GM, Sandy Walsh, to a managerial position with a leading Cape estate agency.
Ms Brock was previously the manager of IEASAs Property Placements division, which finds positions in the property sector for experienced agents and staff and newcomers willing to undergo a years internship. PropPlacements will continue to operate as before albeit initially with a lower turnover.
Ms Brocks work background includes 20 years in the residential property sector, for 15 of which she was principal of her own agency, a franchise, in Fish Hoek.
This is an exciting time to be involved with IEASA, said Brock, because the entire residential property sector is entering a new era, one in which a smaller number of highly qualified professionals will, I believe, raise the standards to unprecedented levels.
|Would You Rent This Apartment?|
When it comes to listing copy, we all know some agents have a tendency to over-state things. Which is why the following listing picked up by the business2.com.au blog made us smile:
North Bondi crap place. Great location and view
Ludicrously overpriced, with carpet stained like an infants undies and a truly appealing paint job . no, I meant a peeling paint job this 2 bedroom top floor North Bondi flat is perfect for the blind and/or less discriminating flatmate. Your potential bedroom is unfurnished although it does have the requisite four walls and ceiling so thats a plus...
|The 5 Biggest Mistakes Agents Make with Buyers Which of Them is Costing You the Client?|
By: Tim and Julie Harris
1. Thinking Real Estate Is Only A Numbers Business. Thats very old school thinking. Yes, numbers are important for tracking your business. However, this is a people helping business. Always focus on what you are here to give. The numbers always follow.
2. Thinking of their Commission first. Too many agents focus on making money. In other words they dont put being of service to others ahead of earning a commission. Learn how to help others in this market. All the rules have changed. Learn those new rules and the money will always follow.
3. Failing to Create Multiple Sources Of Leads. Think of it this way, if your only source of leads is over the phone prospecting, calling FSBOs, Expireds etc what happens to your business when you decide to take a day off? What happens if you cant make the prospecting calls because maybe you have laryngitis? Simple answer, no new business. You must have at least 3-4 predictable sources of new leads.
4. Only Working When You Feel Like It. I am not motivated is one of the top excuses agents use to not take action. Here is a little secret for you: No One Feels Motivated Every Day. The successful agents work every day regardless of how they feel.
5. Confusing Busy Work With Work. Listen, if you dont have the consistency in your real estate business its because you dont work consistently. There are 5-6 things you must do every day to be successful long terms in this (or any business). You must: Generate new leads, follow up with your existing leads, sift and sort your current leads for motivation, Negotiate contracts, and Present to Buyers and Sellers. Work in these areas daily, with consistency, to achieve consistent income.
About the Author: Tim and Julie Harris: Tim Harris and Julie Harris are the founders of Harris Real Estate University. The nations largest online University for Realtors and real estate investors.
Joyce Casti from Pro Faith Properties passed away during the month of August..
Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband and the family.
Joyce will truly be missed by the CyberAgent team and also by other professionals working in the property industry.
|Quotation of the month|
Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble. - Frank Tyger