Unlimited email alias’s in your gmail right now! All you have to do is create them.

Organize your emails by using variations of your original email address. Gmail gives you unlimited email addresses. My email is tara.j.didomenico@gmail.com, so I can actually create numerous email addresses off of my main email address.

For example, I could make an email specifically for newsletters that I am interested in receiving.  All I need to do is add (+news) to the end of my email (tara.j.didomenico+news@gmail.com).

I am going to show you how you can add a plus(+) into your email address and then use any word or combination of words that you would like after the plus(+), and also how to create a rule for you to sort and organize your emails automatically.

***The (+) in the email is vital and must be present in your email when using this feature***

 

1.) When signing up for anything with your email address, say for example you would like to be updated when there is a new posting on Askhomesale.com

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2.) Type in your email, for example mine is tara.j.didomenico@gmail.com. But for this, it will be tara.j.didomenico+news@gmail.com. Then check your email account for the confirmation email.

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3.) Once you are logged into your email account, click on the email.

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4.) Then go to the Gmail browsing bar. Click the little down arrow head to expose a drop down menu.

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5.) In the TO: box, type in the email address you just used and then press ‘Create filter with this search’. This is where you will be able to create filters for your email address with different endings. (tara.j.didomenico@gmail and tara.j.didomenico+news@gmail.com)

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6.) Then go to ‘Apply the label’, in the Choose label drop down menu, you have the option to create a new label or you can add this filter to a pre-existing folder. After you select one, hit Create Filter.

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7.) From this point on, anytime you use your email address with (+news) on the end it will automatically go into your designated folder. You will be able to easily locate your newsletter folder, either by the left side menu or by typing in your given email address in the gmail tool bar.

8.)This tool is not limited to newsletters; it can be used for working on projects, specific listings, client groups, etc.

 

The Importance of “Pix” Appeal

 

Before the era of house hunting online, a potential buyer’s first impression was the home’s curb appeal. Although curb appeal is still very important, the quality of photos representing a home is now the highest rated feature for homebuyers who are searching online. Most people will not take the time to read a home’s description if they can’t move past dark, blurry or/and unflattering photos. Therefore, capturing noteworthy photos is vital to selling your client’s home.

Some clients may want their home to be professionally photographed, or you may prefer to have a professional take the photos for other reasons.  However, if you do not feel the need to hire a photographer then you are left with the responsibility of taking the photos. Some agents will invest in expensive cameras while others will simply utilize their phone’s camera.

 

Here are a few tips on how to take eye-catching photos:

  • Prepare/Stage the house -You want to show off the space, not what is in it. Look around and make sure the home is clean and free of clutter. Do not be afraid to ask your clients to move furniture when necessary. If this leaves the house looking dull, add decorative pieces to freshen up the area.
  • Timing of photographs – Use natural lighting as much as possible. Remember to open the curtains and turn all the lights on to brighten the room. The flash on a camera is not always your best option, it can create unflattering shadows. Try to avoid taking photos on rainy days and evenings. Conversely, exterior shots should be taken on an overcast day when the sun won’t cast shadows on the house.
  • Angles and Composition – In order to incorporate as much of a room as possible, the best spot to capture the photo is from a corner or doorway. This angle will open up the room, giving it a spacious look and feel. Exterior photos should never be shot straight-on. Instead, the view-point should be angled allowing the depths of the home to be seen.
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  • Don’t deceive potential buyers – Of course you want to make your client’s home appear as beautiful as possible, but avoid making it look like a completely different house. Potential buyers will not be amused when the images of the house online are deceivingly different in-person. This often occurs when certain lenses used on a professional camera make small rooms appear deceptively large.
  • Take numerous photos – You are not paying for film rolls, so you have the ability to take as many photos as necessary; experimenting with multiple angles, lighting, and settings. The more photo options you have, the less likely you will need to go back and re-shoot certain photos.

 

After the Photo Shoot

  • Consider touching up the pictures – Once you’ve selected the best photos, you may still feel the need to adjust the lighting, crop out a telephone pole, etc. Do not forget to test out the HDR (high definition resolution) feature most smartphones offer on the camera. If you want to go the extra mile and purchase post-processing software, there is a handful of options available on the market.
  • Mobile Photography Apps – If you use your smartphone, there are mobile applications that will work wonders on your photos, and will most likely cost you only a fraction of the cost to purchase a post-processing software program.

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***If you are interested in learning more about photography apps available for your smartphone, here is a link with the 10 best editing apps, according to theguardian.com

 

8 Internet Tricks that will Help You Save Time

1.) “CTRL + SHIFT + T” opens your last closed tab

Have you ever accidentally closed a window tab and instantly regretted your mistake? Well you are in luck. All you have to do it press Ctrl+Shift+T on a PC or Command+Shift+T on a Mac.

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2.) Hold down “Ctrl” when you click a link to OPEN in a new tab   

If you are searching for something on the internet, but are unsure if you are clicking on the right link and do not want to lose your search page, hold down Control while clicking on the link. On a Mac, hold down Command.

 

 

3.) Turn your browser into a NOTEPAD

Have you ever wished you could use your internet browser as a notepad? Well you are in luck, because we have a link to make that happen!

(Day Mode) Copy this link into URL bar: data:text/html,%20<html%20contenteditable><Title>Notepad</Title>

(Night Mode) Copy this link into URL bar: data:text/html;charset=utf-8,%20<title>Notepad%20(Nightmode)</title><body%20contenteditable%20style="font-family:%20DejaVu;font-weight:bold;background:#1E1E1E;color:#FFFFFF;font-size:1rem;line-height:1.4;max-width:80rem;margin:0%20auto;padding:2rem;"%20spellcheck="false">



4.) MUTE AN ANNOYING EMAIL THREAD IN GMAIL

We know you are busy keeping in contact with all your clients, both sellers and buyers, lenders, insurance reps, co-agents, etc and that your time is valuable. Between phone calls, texts, social media, and email, it can be overwhelming and is hard to avoid being distracted.

Has you ever felt the annoyance of getting stuck in an email thread? This is where muting a conversation in Gmail comes in handy. After you mute the conversation, you will not see any further emails related to it in your inbox. The related emails will not be deleted, but automatically archived.  To unmute, you have to find the conversation, for example type “is:muted”, in to the search field, then click the “Undo” link.

 

 

 

 

5.) “Ctrl + F” OR “COMMAND + F” will allow you to find specific terms on a page.  If only life had a version of this for when we lose our keys or phone. 

If you are in a hurry but quickly need to look up information on a specific subject, you can save time by searching for a word or phrase on a webpage. Hold down Ctrl+F and then simply type in the word/phrase you are looking for.

 

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6.) Too lazy to get up and grab your glasses? “Ctrl +” or “Ctrl –” will allow you to adjust text sizes larger or smaller.  This also helps if you find yourself scrolling sideways, as well as, up and down; you might need to zoom out on your screen so you can see the whole page.

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7.)Quickly move between the fields of a web page


If you are filling out an online form, e-mail, or other text field you can quickly move between each of the fields by pressing the Tab key or Shift + Tab to move back a field.


Tip: With a drop-down box that lists dozens of options you can press the first letter to scroll down to that letter. For example, click the drop down box below and then press “u” to quickly scroll to Utah.

 

 

8.) “Ctrl and PrtSc” allows you to take a screen shot of your computer screen 

Have you ever wanted to take a picture of your computer screen or a portion of it? Holding down the control and print screen buttons will allow you to snap a picture of your screen. But where does the picture go? The picture is automatically saved to your “clipboard”, so if you were to open the Paint Application, a new email window or Microsoft Word Document, all you have to do is go to “Edit” then “Paste“, or you can take the shortcut and press “Ctrl + V“.

 

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10.)  The Snipping Tool 

The “Snipping Tool” is similar to taking a screen shot, however this tool lets you select the exact parameters of what you would like to take a picture of on your computer screen. So say instead, you just want to take a screen shot of an article you were reading. You would go to the Windows button in the lower left hand corner. Then type in “Snipping Tool“. Then select where on the computer you would like to take a picture. The portion of the screen that you cropped, will then open up in a separate window through Snipping Tool, it is automatically copied to your clipboard. You could then open up an application to past the picture into, such as a Word Document.

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10.) KNOW YOUR BROWSER SHORTCUTS


  • Press Alt + D to move the cursor into the search bar.
  • Press the backspace key or hold down the Alt key + left arrow to go back a page.
  • Press F5 to refresh or reload a web page.
  • Press F11 to make the Internet browser screen full screen. Press F11 again to return to the normal view.
  • Press Ctrl + B to open your Internet bookmarks.
  • Press Ctrl + C copy and Ctrl + V to paste
 

August Item of Value

Aug 14 IOV - EcardReach out to your clients by sending them the August “Are you ready to sell? Item of Value.

 

Flyer Version – If you have issues viewing the flyer, save it to your computer first.

 

ECard Graphic Open and save to your computer. Click here for the training video on using a custom graphic in an Ecard.

 

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