Safe Driving Technology

By the end of the first twenty-five years of motoring history, Britainʼs road toll was in the thousands, and something had to be done to curb the terrible cost associated with the centuryʼs newest invention.

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The earliest seatbelts caught on in the 1950ʼs, three-point belts becoming law in some countries (including the UK and Australia) due to their effectiveness in saving lives. Speed limits, air-bags and stability-control technology are some other ideas that have been beneficial for safety, although air bags have the potential to cause injury and even death in children, something car manufacturers are working on to try to eradicate.

We asked the Houston Car Accident Lawyer for his opinion on the matter and he was able to tell us that even though car safety has improved significantly over the last 20 years, there are still many dangers that remain unaccounted for. With the cell phones and mobile devices there are just too many opportunities to be hit by an uninsured driver…or worse.

You can also check out his car accident attorney video for more information.

5 great neighborhoods in Houston

Houston is one of the best places to live in Texas Many people from different parts of U.S come to Houston to start a new life. Here are the 5 best neighborhoods in Houston.

West University Place

It is a small town, but it has its own police and city government. This is an upper middle class neighborhood. It is only blocks away from Rice University. The nation’s largest medical center is just a mile away also. Parks and museums are nearby. Back in 2014, there was a string of foreclosures in this area, and we were able to pick up (and flip) a few properties in this neighborhood quickly. [Special thanks to our attorney, here, for turning us on to the opportunity. Full disclosure, she also helped with our low cost business bankruptcy in 2015.]

Eastwood

If you want to live near downtown, then this is the best place to live. The houses cost 50 percent less than its nearby towns. There are many bungalows around the town. The town is best known for its architecture. This is a favorite place for young urban professionals.

Linkwood

This is a small town built for upper middle class families. There are one-storey small brick homes. It is only minutes away from the Texas Medical Center. The downtown is only 30 minutes away. You can buy homes for a very reasonable price here. There are many clubs in the town where he residents enjoy spending their leisure time.

Hunters Creek Village

It is part of the Memorial Villages. It is the fifth wealthiest district in Teas. You can buy homes from $100,000 to millions of dollars. There are beautiful lakes, big houses and country clubs. The school system of this city is awesome.

The Woodlands

The city is full of upscale malls, corporate campuses, large parks and outdoor music pavilion. There are hotels, hospitals and convention centers. It has 6,000 acres of protected green space. There are 200 miles of bike and walking paths. There are about 125 small and large parks. You will find lots of trees in this neighborhood.

The neighborhood you choose to live in depends on your budget and the amenities you want. For example, if you are looking for a quiet area then Woodlands will be a good choice. The neighborhoods just discussed are all very beautiful places and you will enjoy living there.

Honorable Mention…Medical Center

Manley Realty Services did a great write up on reasons to buy condos in the Houston Medical Center. This is a bustling area and the property values seem to hold no matter what the Houston market is doing (probably because this is one area in Houston that does not depend on the Oil & Gas market).

A Local’s Perspective…

We were able to get some commentary from a lawyer in Houston named Dustin Sanchez.

Q: Hello Mr. Sanchez, how long have you lived in the Houston area?

A: Nearly all my life, but technically…about 30 years give or take. I grew up on the north side, near The Woodlands.

Q: Where is your favorite area of Houston?

A: I’d have to say out near Bellaire, I live just south of there and operate a lawyer seo company out of my living room (you can check out my LeadCounsel Profile here). I would have to agree that these are 5 great neighborhoods to live in, but my fav is Bellaire, with The Heights coming in a close second.


We’d like to thank Attorney Sanchez for his comments. You can learn more about him here.

5 ways to use video marketing for real estate agents

Video marketing is a very effective tool for real estate agents. It is a very popular tool now and everyone is using it. Here are 5 ways you can use video marketing to promote your company.

Introducing the company

Introducing your company using a video message is a unique way of telling customers who you are and what you do. By viewing the video, customers know your face and see that you really exist, instead of just a name in the list of realtors. You should show testimonials, certifications and awards that you have received. This will increase the credibility of your company and the customers will begin to trust you. Don’t forget to give your contact information clearly at the end of the video.

Houses just sold

You can make a video of homes you have sold recently. Customers, who want to list their homes to your company site, will feel confident that their homes will soon be sold as well. The customers can also know what type of properties you sell.

Neighborhood Profile

This video must contain a few houses within the same community. You should include facts and figures about the neighborhood like schools, attractions, etc. You can include photos of parking area, local parks, and many more important places.

How-To

This video must be made to make clients teach the process of buying and selling a home. You will tell through this video how you can help them with their property.

Welcome Home

Send clients the video of the home they have just bought. This will make them feel welcome and they will share it with their friends and family. This is a good way to let people know about your company.

These videos are extremely effective. It will make you stand apart from the crowd. Use video marketing as part of your core marketing strategy.

 

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The 3 best iPhone apps for real estate agents

The development of apps has made it possible for people to browse stuffs and find useful information even when they are on the go. With apps, they can get the specific information they want very easily. Numerous apps have been developed for the real estate industry. These apps have transformed the industry by making processes faster and the job of real estate agents easier. Most apps are designed for different kinds of devices. The following are the best iPhone apps for real estate agents.

These days you can do just about anything online…you can even get your chl online, so why not run your entire agency from your iPad?

1. Zillow

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This app is used for property search. There are a number of search filters. For example, you can search using price, location, number of rooms, type of house, etc.Extra features like mortgage calculator or property estimates are also included. It provides an overall picture of the current real estate market.

2. Google Maps

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Every real estate agent must have this app. If you are a real estate agent and you want to show the client some properties, then you must have the Google Maps app to show you directions and take you to your destinations.

3. SiteGeist

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This app has many uses. It provides useful data on your present location; for example, data about the average age of residents, average temperature, popular places nearby, etc. You can select the types of data you want to know when you visit each site. This is the app that was voted #1 Most Useful by NJ Real Estate Lawyers foundation.

These apps are not only useful for agents. Brokers, sellers, buyers and home owners can also use these apps to search for houses, their locations, and demographic information of various locations which helps them to select a suitable property for them.

Real Estate Contract Dangers

Show host Michael Bull recently had the opportunity to co-instruct a continuing education class on commercial real estate contracts for brokers, developers and investors with attorney Seth Weissman. It it was like the old EF Hutton TV commercial — everyone leaned in and listened. Regardless of the experience level, attendees commented that they enjoyed the class and learned valuable intel.

Mr. Weissman agreed to join Michael for this show to share valuable tips, strategies and best practices related to commercial sales contracts. While only lawyers should write contracts, everyone should understand them.

If you have any questions or comments for Michael or Seth on this topic, or if you would like to discuss any commercial real estate related endeavors, you’re invited to contact us at 888-612-SHOW.