September 29th, 2014
Source: Star-Tribune

Engineer Andrey Rudenko made this 12-foot-tall castle with a 3D concrete printer in his backyard.  (Source: Star Tribune)

It sounds like something out of a fairy tale: A magic machine can take a drawing of anything and create a real version of it at the press of a button.

3D printers, of course, are no fantasy. They’re being used today create prototypes of toys, machine parts, artificial limbs, and even hamburgers on demand. The “ink” can be made from food, biological materials, plastic, metal or concrete that dries and hardens in layers.

 

 

Now we can add real estate to the impressive list of achievements.

In Minnesota, engineer and building contractor Andrey Rudenko recently constructed a 12-foot-tall concrete castle in back of his house by using a giant 3D printer.

Inspired by smaller plastic printers, Rudenko built his own concrete one from rails, beams and a control box that instructs the device to print out CAD design and architectural drawings. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the engineer slowly began experimenting with rudimentary box designs and then moved up to the castle.

Though 3D printer manufacturing is still in the experimental stages, imagine how its widespread adoption could radically change the real estate equation. One of the biggest causes of a sluggish market is when there is low inventory. Low supply “greatly hinders the buyers’ enthusiasm,” Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors, recently told the Wall Street Journal. “They’re making a major expenditure. They don’t want to see two homes — they want to see 10 homes before buying.”

Everyone likes to have more choice. If a Minnesota homeowner can now print a small-scale concrete castle in his yard, why couldn’t prospective home buyers eventually choose from a menu on a computer screen and watch a vacant lot become the home of their dreams?

In China, construction company Yingchuang New Materials Inc. has been working on even more ambitious real estate projects.

Using 3D printers, the company built 10-one room buildings in less than a day that will become part of a Shanghai industrial office park. According to Computerworld, the printers meticulously apply each layer like squeezing out frosting from a pastry bag.

Source:

Chinese construction company Yingchuang New Materials is tinkering with 3D printed skyscrapers! (Source: Computerworld)

“As outrageous as it sounds,” reports Computerworld, “such machines can already extrude concrete walls with internal reinforcement fast enough to complete the shell of a 2,000-sq.-ft. house in under 20 hours.”

What do you think? How do you think radically changing the way homes are constructed will impact your real estate business?

One thing’s for sure: No matter how they get built, homes will continue to be bought and sold. And you’ll still need to prospect and figure out the most efficient methods to find buyers and sellers and play matchmaker.

That will never change, whether you’re selling a concrete castle, a plastic skyscraper or a traditional brick townhouse.

(Mojo’s technology is focused solely on making you a better, more productive real estate agent. Find out how the Mojo system can triple your calls and automatically manage all of your leads and prospects at the press of a button. Try Mojo today!)

September 23rd, 2014
Real Estate Dialer: Century 21's William May uses Mojo to... Learn more about William at C21WilliamJMay.com

Century 21′s William May credits Mojo with tripling his prospecting productivity. Learn more about William at C21WilliamJMay.com

When you find a professional you like and trust, why go anywhere else? Noting that many people have a family doctor and a family dentist who get to know them over the years, Century 21′s William May asserts that it is time for clients to think of their real estate agents in the same way.

“Having a family Realtor makes sense,” says May, of C-21 Amber Realty in Torrance, California. “You never know what’s going to happen in your life. Maybe you’ll need to move out-of-state and want to sell for top dollar, or you might be underwater. Or maybe you want to refinance. A lifelong relationship with a Realtor can guide you through almost any situation.”

Torrance, a coastal city of 145,000 in southwestern Los Angeles County, is home to the American Honda Motor Company, Robinson Helicopters, Alcoa, PC Mall and an Exxon Mobil Refinery that handles much of the state’s gasoline supply. May says the economy is robust based on what he’s been observing in the market: “Right now if you price a home correctly, it will sell quickly. It’s not uncommon to sell the same day I list the property. It’s been multi-offer madness. When someone puts a decent property on the market, you’ll be flooded with offers.”

In an ultra-competitive environment where inventory continues to be low, May credits Mojo’s Lead Management and Triple Line Dialing system for giving him an extra edge with his prospecting.

“With Mojo, I can prospect like a bulldog. I lock in every morning from 8 to noon and just stay on the phone. Mojo saves a tremendous amount of time. There’s no way I could ever call 600 people in two hours otherwise,” he says. “You just have to prospect, prospect, prospect and you’ll succeed.”

“Mojo gets me in the right mindset. When you’re cold calling, you come across a lot of negativity. You have to go through so many no’s to get one yes. But you know that’s the path to reach your goals. You just do it,” he adds.

May is a relative newbie to real estate, switching careers three and a half years ago after running his own school bus company for 12 years.

“When I first tried prospecting, it was like watching paint dry,” he recalls. “I’d dial 50 calls an hour by hand and was going crazy. Then I tried Skype where I was clicking numbers on the screen to dial. That was only a little better.”

May was inspired to try Mojo’s Triple Line Autodialer after hearing about it from his real estate mentor, James Festini, the celebrated Century 21 real estate sales trainer and coach. He regularly finds motivation in Festini’s “Your First Day in Real Estate” podcast. May also received hearty pro-Mojo recommendations from two other prospecting mentors, Colton Lindsay and Deric Lipski.

“Once you use Mojo you don’t ever want to think about going back to the old way. A lot of people wonder if the cost is worth it, but it more than pays for itself. My suggestion is to make a three-month commitment and be consistent with using it. If you sign up for Mojo and you don’t stick with it, then you can’t blame Mojo. In that case, it’s you,” he says.

The California real estate market....

Luxury Market: This 5,000 square foot custom-built home with five bedrooms and four baths is listed by Century 21 Amber Realty. Double click for more information.

Real estate aside, May has immersed himself in the community as the host of a weekly local affairs radio show on Inglewood News Radio. The host has provided a forum for city politics and market news, ranging from updates on street repairs to area developers turning the old Hollywood Park horse racing track into 3,000 high-end homes along with a 300-room hotel and 600,000 square feet of new retail space.

Not to mention the biggest news in May’s life: He’s a newlywed, marrying his bride Gwen May this past spring.

“Mojo also gives a boost to my social life. Being more productive with prospecting gives me more time to take my wife to the movies,” he says.

(What could YOU do with a little extra free time in your life? Check out Mojo’s Real Estate Dialer and Lead Store for yourself and see how it can help you “prospect like a bulldog.”)

 

September 15th, 2014




Randy Johnson

Baseball legend Randy Johnson’s $25 million home in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

If you’re a successful real estate agent — or on your way — you probably treat all your prospects and clients like celebrities. But admit it: Wouldn’t it be fun to occasionally help a famous client sell their home?

For starters, check out baseball star Randy Johnson’s palatial three-story Mediterranean-style home in Arizona, where he helped lead the Diamondbacks to their first World Series victory in 2001. Johnson, nicknamed the “Big Unit” because of his 6’10″ height and menacing pitching style, also likes big living spaces to stretch out his arms.

Randy Johnson 2

Randy Johnson and his wife Lisa’s seven-bedroom home also includes a 20-seat movie theater with stadium seating and a recording studio.

Here’s how the Wall Street Journal describes a few customized features of his dream home, which is about to go on the market for $25 million:

“The room that currently serves as Mr. Johnson’s office has wood-paneled walls, an adjoining poker room and a window that overlooks a three-car display garage for collectible cars. (There is also a separate eight-car motor court.) Other amenities include a sports-memorabilia display room, a pet suite with a washing station and a play area and a game room with a Western-themed billiards parlor and bar.

On the lower level of the home there is a 20-seat movie theater with stadium-style seating, a working ticket booth and a marquee. The home also has a recording studio, a separate stage with lighting and sound equipment and a collector’s musical instrument showroom, which currently displays guitars.

The property includes a 1,746-square-foot separate fitness facility with a locker room and showers as well as a tennis court. There is also a swimming pool with a two-story water slide.”

Realtor Robert Joffe of the Joffe Group (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) told the Journal that the Johnson family was looking to downsize now that two of their four children have grown and moved away from home.

If you’re looking for more modest baseball-themed quarters, All-Time Hit King Pete Rose just sold his six-bedroom digs in Sherman Oaks, California:

Pete Rose

Pete Rose’s Spanish-style California home was recently the set of his TLC reality show: “Pete Rose: Hits & Mrs.” (Represented by Gloria Correll of Rodeo Realty).

Rose, a star for the Reds, Phillies, and Expos, who is best known for his gambling problems, made a handsome profit on the property. He bought it with his second wife, Carol, in 1999 for $913,500, and sold it last month for $1.96 million with his new fiancee Kiana Kim.

Land, of course, is more scarce in California than Arizona. Rose’s 4,700 square foot home sits on only a quarter acre (compared to Randy Johnson’s five acre yard). The Big Unit probably has less tolerance for nosy neighbors, as he did not star in his own reality show.

Lastly, if you’re a real estate agent who always wanted to be a professional athlete, the good news is that this also happens the other way around. There are baseball stars who want to be you!

According to Forbes, former Red Sox, Angel and Mets slugger Mo Vaughn has found a second chapter of success as a real estate mogul.

Mo Vaughn

Mo Vaughn, Real Estate Guy.

Vaughn, the 1995 American League Most Valuable Player, started his real estate investment and management firm, Omni New York, with three employees and has turned it into a team of 400 employees overseeing 8,000 properties.

The secret to success, he told Forbes, is surrounding yourself with smart people. “You are who you are around,” he says.

Sage advice. We’re in the technology business and know that no matter how powerful our real estate productivity tools are, they can only be as good as the people using them.
(You’ve heard of the Triple Crown in baseball? Check out the Triple Line Autodialer, the Mojo calling productivity tool that will make you the MVP of Real Estate Prospecting!)

September 10th, 2014

Mojo Selling SolutionsLooking back to the beginning of Mojo, it often amazes me where we are today. I can remember a time when our customer service was only delivered by phone and was contracted out to the lowest bidder. We’ve come light-years since my beginning here in the spring of 08’ and I don’t regret any of the many changes we’ve made over the years to get where we are. Today, I can say without hesitation, Mojo has the best customer service in the industry.

Our company focus IS customer service

The unique thing about our company is our complete dedication to customer service. While many companies are hard at work setting up affiliate arrangements and white labeling their products, we have been hard at work for years perfecting our hosted dialing platform and data products, putting our name behind the technology and listening to our customers input.

 

The many pillars driving our customer-focused culture prove our dedication:

Employee Training

Call in to Mojo on a Friday between the hours of 12-1pm and you’ll hear our greeting tell you our company is closed for employee training. While I’d like to tell you we’re on the driving range hitting balls, the truth is we take this time to appreciate our employees with a lunch of their choice, a weekly analysis of ticket resolutions, design and feature discussion, and finally, time covering a weekly customer service topic.

Do we lose sales taking this time for training and discussion? Absolutely, and it is well worth it. Customer retention in our business model is extremely important and there is not better way to retain a customer than treating them correctly and listening to their wants and needs.

Customer Feedback

“MOJO was a true turning point in my business in terms of helping me take my business to the next level. In addition to their cutting edge technology and their desire to always keeping improving the quality of their service for their clients, their customer service is second to none!”
-Chip Walsh
Broker / Owner

While many of our competitors are just ‘white labeling’ another vendors product, or counting on affiliate arrangements to sell their products, the Mojo Dialer and data products are designed, created, sold and supported by Mojo Selling Solutions. This gives us a huge advantage over other companies as we can make immediate changes to our platforms, accommodating customer feedback quick and reliably. Every effort is made to accommodate all customer requests that benefit the majority of Mojo customers.

Having the resources alone doesn’t make us successful. Having a clear path for customers to take when submitting feature requests and improvements is key. Our support portal utilizes the latest feedback technology to ensure our customers can give us their ideas quickly and easily. In the backend, our 15-person development team is notified when new ideas are created and update the clients who request them as progress is made.

In-House Development TeamMojo Selling Solutions

As I already mentioned mentioned, we have a dedicated development team. Our development team is made up of 15 employees, split in to multiple teams, focused on each of the Mojo modules. This kind of coverage makes bug fixing and feature releases quick and painless.

While we love our developers, our first line of defense is not a living, breathing, coffee drinking being. Our first line of defense is a series of products used to identify exceptions (bugs, code anomalies, areas of improvement) in real-time. This information and our response to it is critical to our overall customer service initiative. In a nutshell, 90% of the bugs found in the Mojo platform, both web Mojo and Mobile Mojo, are fixed before any customer has the misfortune of experiencing them. Now that is cool!

Our People

I saved the best for last, the Mojo’ers who walk through our doors each day. Everything I have previously mentioned doesn’t matter if we don’t have the people to execute our vision. Our employees are the heartbeat of Mojo’s entire operation and we’ve got one heck of a team.

We take good care of our employees, and as a result, they take care of you. In addition to being an awesome group of folks to talk with, each of our employees knows the industries we serve in and out. In fact, the average tenure of our employees is over 5 years, with the most recent addition over 2 years ago. Our employees have ample experience, learning from both our generous customers and company training. Bottom-line, our team has you covered!

I started this article by noting we’ve come a long way, and we have. We’ve found success by learning from mistakes and putting processes and procedures in place to ensure they don’t happen again. Instead of passing the buck off to affiliates and re-sellers, we put our name and reputation behind every product we offer, keeping us 100% accountable for making sure our customers are happy.

We’ve made it our #1 priority to offer the best products and service, backed by the best customer service team available.

In fact, a recent survey sent out to a random selection of customers on 9/8/2014 speaks for itself. 500 respondents graded their last experience with customer service and support team 4.5 starts out of 5!

We have one goal at Mojo; to offer indispensable prospecting tools backed by an unmatched level of support. We have a belief that every call, ticket and touch point is an opportunity for us to keep a customer for life.

Mojo was founded, nurtured and thrives today based on these principles. It is this way today and it shall forever be.

 

David England is the General Manager of Mojo Selling Solutions. Like many of our employees, David started with Mojo in 2008 in the training department when Mojo first released their hosted auto dialing solution, the Mojo Dialer. 
August 25th, 2014

 

Realtors using drones to showcase luxury properties are facing the wrath of the Federal Aviation Association, according to the New York Post.

Realtors using drones to showcase luxury properties are facing the wrath of the Federal Aviation Association, according to the New York Post.

Drones. Drones. Drones. They are at the center of debate in U.S. foreign policy and military conflicts around the world. They’re shaking up the commercial sector with buzz about Amazon.com wanting to deliver packages with them. And now, they’re even causing a stir in the real estate universe. Continue Reading

copyright © 2012. Mojo Selling Solutions LLC