Robot real estate agents aren’t about to take over the industry, but more brokers and agents are seeing the benefit of chatbots – software programs that can engage in conversations – to help them do business.
Phil Kells, co-founder of RealSatisfied, says the company’s objective goes beyond Realtor ratings to provide a platform “to collect detailed customer satisfaction information” for a broker at the conclusion of a transaction.
The Ontario Realtors Pension Plus (ORPP), the plan “won’t cost Realtors a penny out of pocket,” says Jim Zaza of Zaza Financial Group. The money for coverage comes from tax savings from each agent’s personal pension plan.
Chestnut Park, an affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, is using an augmented reality app called Layar, brought to it by Commersive Solutions, to bring new life to print publications and other print formats.
The voice of the real estate industry is being heard in the 2015 Canadian federal election campaign. Here’s a look at what some of the candidates – including some who are real estate professionals – have to say.
Banks often steer clear of financing rural properties because things like septic tanks and adjacent farms are issues they don’t understand. “It is stuff the banks could do (learn) but the market isn’t large enough,” says Matthew Robinson.
Due diligence is required before helping your clients choose a mortgage. “You want to make sure that they are established and that they have access to the best lenders and lender status programs,” says Rob McLister.
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