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Newsletter & Update - Special Guest's are Coming in March

Agent Ratings and Reviews Update  

"Zillow now surfaces thousands of Real Estate agent ratings and reviews.  Consumers can now search and find local agents based on Client feedback"  The response and results from this new feature have been very positive and successful.  Agent reviews are now featured on the Buyer's Agent List and Agent profile. 

DID YOU KNOW: 1 Review = 75% more contacts than agents with 0 reviews, and 5+ Reviews = 150% more contacts than agents with 0 reviews. Want contacts from Zillow customers? Want a competitive edge?  Get great reviews from your clients.

The March 2011 - Training & Class Calendar

Click on calendar for details and to reserve your seat at any session.

Class not on the calendar? Let us know what you'd like to see. Suggestions Here.

Zillow Academy Special Guests Include:

  Jared James - The 21st Century REALTOR

  Gary Gold - The Top Secrets of a Premier Agent


  Stefan Swanepoel - Mastering Business and Life

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Comment balloon 18 commentsBrad Andersohn • March 02 2011 12:01PM


Hey all - This was my first attempt at creating a "newsletter style" blog post so please forgive me if it doesn't turn out right.  If it does turnout, and all the links and everything work, then I'll do another blog post showing you how I did it.  

This could be a great monthly tool to provide to your regular blog readers....

BTW - Hope you'll join us for some of these March webinars, these guests and speakers are truly extraordinary. Thanks. :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago

Brad..Looks like a great lineup..Thanks for the information


Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376 (HomeStarr Realty) almost 10 years ago

Brad -  Looks ok to me and a cool idea for a post. I usually do my newsletter and just posted it when I saw this come up.. will be interested to see your post tomorrow.. hope all is better by you my friend from the other coast....

Posted by Robert Hammerstein, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Christie's International Real Estate ) almost 10 years ago

Brad if anyone can turn out a great Newsletter it is you. Great Directions you are heading to. I like the idea. If we can not make it to the webinar could you record it and we could see it at our convenience?

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) almost 10 years ago

Brad, great inforamtion as always,  I've often thought about doing a newsletter but now, i're re-motivated.

Posted by Vickie Slade, Service You Can Trust ~ Someone You Can Depend On (Colorado Landmark, Realtors) almost 10 years ago

Brad, I really like the newsletter style blogpost! How did you do it?

Is that your son playing the guitar in the You Tube on your sidebar? He's very good. Shades of Clapton.

Posted by Maria Morton, Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758 (Platinum Realty) almost 10 years ago

Hi Brad - Your newsletter layout is quite nice.  However, I find that the graphics with the guests' bios are too small to easily read the text.  I realize that you can click on them to read the text on the linked website but many people may not realize it.

I should start attending some of the Zillow seminars.  They look quite interesting.

Posted by FN LN almost 10 years ago

Hi Brad! One of your reps encouraged me to start collecting agent reviews. It's amazing the difference a few reviews can make. I learn something each time I speak to one of your reps. Wish I could say this about every vendor I do business with!

Posted by Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent (Bayou Properties) almost 10 years ago

Hannah - thanks, hope you can join us on occasion. 

Robert - I'm still in Seattle, probably won't get that post out till next week.  It really easy and I see it worked. :-)

Endre - thanks, I do try and record them all.  They'll be posted as soon as I find a universal and versatile player.

Vickie - I think posting a monthly update or newsletter on just about any topic would be great for readers.  I was going to do a Tech-Sites update but with Jared, Gary, and Stefan coming this month, this one just made more sense.  The classes are filling up quickly so I'm glad I went with this one instead. 

Maria - I'll share how I did this in a post coming soon, and yes, that is my son over on that video. (proud dad here)  Your Clapton comment will make him very happy, thanks.

Marc - I noticed that too, and you are absolutely correct. An improvement I'll work on for the next one.  The actual newsletter that was emailed out to 1000 subscribers was full size and much more legible.  Hope you'll join the mailing list and join us for some of these great speakers.  Thanks.

Doug - we spent a good deal of time talking about reviews in our meeting yesterday too.  It really does make a huge difference having those reviews and ratings on your profile.  Now you can share them anywhere with the new widget too.

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago

Thanks for this Brad. I did not even know Zillow had a newsletter.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 10 years ago

Good evening sir,

I am going to have to sit down and take some of these classes.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) almost 10 years ago

Hey Gary - this is not a Zillow newsletter, it's my own test concoction to see if this would work. This actually was emailed out to ONLY those who have ever attended a ZA webinar, or who subscribed to get a monthly newsletter/update.  This was the very first one.  Now that I know it can be embedded into a post, I'll be showing everyone how they can do this too.  It was a bit challenging at first, but I think I figured out all the secrets now. I'll post it as soon as I get a chance to come up for air!  lol~ 

BTW - Zillow does have a different newsletter that goes out to members too. :-)

@Don - nothing would make me happier sir than to have you join us.  You're welcomed anytime.

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago

Okay, are ruining my social life, with all of these classes, you know! 

Posted by Virginia Cheezum (F. C. Tucker Company) almost 10 years ago

Brad, my goal this week and I have two days left... is to get ALL 5 reviews added to my profile ;) as my Rep, (jesse) told me... I have 50% of my city here in Southern CA and quite pleased already!

Posted by CA COASTAL ESTATES Lauren Selinsky Perez CRS, "Your Real Estate Broker" #oclauren (California Coastal Estates) almost 10 years ago

Virginia - you have my word that I'm all about getting you off the computer and out in front of more clients! 

Lauren - that is AWESOME!!  If I can help in any way, you know you can count on me. 
Call if you need anything at all.  I know you'll get those five, I can just sense it.


Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago


This is awesome! I am already using Agent Reputation widget on my webiste! Signed up for your class on YouTube and DARN it - had to miss it!!! Is there any way i can view recording of it. I will be a constant fixutre in your ecucational series!! Using youtube channel to promote listing and neighborhoods since 2 weeks ago! got an offer on the property within 8 days. Others comment on how great it is to see "real" streets and feel the neighborhood!

Posted by Leeza Morris,, Realtor® Denton TX (940)391-5080 (Cloud Realty) almost 10 years ago

Hi Brad,

You are lighting Zillow on fire!

Lots of great classes and widgets and new ideas.



Posted by Phil Leng, Phil Leng - Retired (Retired) almost 10 years ago

Leeza - I'll do another youtube class.  Still working on these recordings...  hosting them and finding a player that is universal and works for everyone is going to be the key.  Thanks.

Thanks Phil - hope to see you often, you're always welcomed!  :-)



Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago