Rick and Robert are back from Vegas and caught up on sleep (we think). They are raving about the success of Builder Tech, report that it was easily the highlight of the trip, and just an incredible gathering of tech and marketing minds. Hundreds of guests, great food and tasty cocktails, and lots of builders mingling with some of the sharpest minds in the industry. In addition to Rick and Robert representing New Home Feed, guests got to hang out with the other sponsors including Myers Barnes, Mike Lyon, the folks from Lasso CRM, New Homes Directory, Builder Designs and Zillow.
The food and drinks were nice, but what really makes the event special is that with our co-sponsors we are able to share ideas, tips and tricks, and compliment the ways in which we help builders sell more homes. We’ll be doing it again at PCBC in San Diego and hope to see you there!
Dave Clements of Lasso and Kevin Oakley of Heartland Homes
Happy guests at Builder Tech
Jim Adams of New Homes Directory and Mike Lyon
Robert talking with Mr. and Mrs. Weaver of Weaver Master Builder in Pittsburgh
Troy Reierson from Zillow and Rick
We’re putting the final touches on tonight’s Builder Tech event at IBS. We hope all our homebuilder and developer friends are all ready to party Vegas style!
Join us at the Palazzo Hotel for a fun night of hanging out with our industry’s brightest thinkers and tech experts and enjoy the open bar, delicious food, and the musical stylings of our in-house host/DJ Mix-Master Mike.
We can’t wait to party with our amazing Builder Tech partners Zillow, Lasso CRM, Builder Designs, Focus 360, New Homes Directory, Mike Lyon Group, and Myers Barnes Associates. We’ll be back to share pictures of the party; well, the non-incriminating ones!
New Home Feed is at the International Builders Show (IBS) this week in Las Vegas! Rick and Robert are looking forward to meeting NHF users and channel partners, and to celebrate the start of what is shaping out to be a great year for housing.
Are you attending IBS? Let us know on Twitter (@newhomefeed) so we can meet up and grab a drink.
We’ve been following the news on the new technology products being introduced at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. A lot of interesting new products have been introduced this year (wireless blender, anyone?) and we’ve complied a few of our favorite new home technology products to watch out for this year:
There has been a lot of talk lately about new “smart” homes we can control from our phones. LG came through with the dazzling new Smart ThinQ series of home appliances. All Smart ThinQ appliances communicate with each other through Near-Field Communication (NFC) technology. So you can check on your laundry through your Smart TV or have the refrigerator tell the oven what temperature it needs to be preheated to and for how long. And no more wondering if the milk’s gone bad. You can check the expiration date for the milk and other foods right from your smartphone!
Another tool for the “smart” home is new programmable thermostats. Gone are the days of constantly fidgeting with it to get the house to the perfect temperature. First is the Nest Learning Thermostat. This smart thermostat learns your heating and cooling habits over time and will automatically adjust to conserve energy and keep you comfortable throughout the day. Homeowners are also able to control, monitor and tweak the Nest from a web browser or smartphone/tablet apps.
Another option is Eversense, which monitors real-time activity to make adjustments. A unique feature is the ability to set proximity zones that alert the system to when the house is occupied or empty. When the last cell phone has left the home, the system turns off and when the first cell phone crosses the preset proximity zone, the system is set to that person’s preferences so the temperature at home is always perfect.
While usually overlooked, there have been intriguing advances in lighting. SWITCH Lighting, a Silicon Valley startup, has developed the first “three-way LED bulb.” These bulbs release a warm light that is practically identical to traditional CFL bulbs, but with the low-power and long-lasting benefits of LED. Other larger companies have all jumped into the LED lighting bandwagon so it’ll be interesting to see what other innovations occur.
What a sweet way to start the Holiday break! We like to thank our friends at Trulia for sending over a sweet little gift for the office. We’ve been feasting on the Moose Munch all morning. It’s the breakfast of Champions.
We hope everyone has a safe, warm and happy holiday season and a wonderful New Year.
Josh joined the New Home Feed team in September and has impressed the heck out of everybody with his strong contribution to the team. He is our New Home Feed Associate and manages every New Home Feed account. Josh works with builders using New Home Feed to make sure accounts are running smoothly and to make sure that all opportunities for making listings super attractive and for getting more traffic and leads are taken.
Josh sheds a bit of light about himself in a recent interview.
Tell us a bit about yourself. I’m a simple guy who enjoys sports, listening to music and watching movies and television. My goal is to travel around the world to visit as many countries as possible and enjoy all the great food in the world. Ultimately, I’m a Bay Area man at heart and hope to live here for the long term.
Where did you go to school? I attended the University of Arizona and majored in Communications.
What music do you listen to while at work? Hip-Hop and Oldies
What’s your favorite thing about working at New Home Feed? My favorite thing would have to be the atmosphere of the company. Everyone knows how to get their jobs done while keeping the office a fun and comforting workplace.
What was your first impression of New Home Feed? Well, during my first interview I literally met every team member here. It made me realize how the company works as a team. There isn’t a stranger in the office and I was able to see this from the moment I first stepped foot in the office. It definitely made quite the impression on me!
What do you do when you’re not hard at work? Playing basketball or hanging out with friends
What is your dream vacation destination? Barcelona, Spain
If your life were a game of Jeopardy, what would be your seven dream categories?
- 90s Rap Music History
- Bay Area Sports History
- Film History
- College Life
- Happy Hour
- Breaking Bad Trivia
- Friends Trivia
There’s a celebration going on here at New Home Feed world headquarters! Today, right now…wait for it…wait for it…We can now proudly announce that we are now serving over 300 home builders with our listing management service! Wahoo!
Since we launched back in the deepest pit of the housing bust (2010), over 300 home builders have joined the New Home Feed family. They love it! Love the robust, intuitive, easy-to-understand reports. Love the tips and tricks for getting more traffic and leads. Love getting their listings in front of buyers. When builders tell us why they love New Home Feed, here are some reasons we hear:
- It’s quick and painless to get homes-for-sale to a unique and effective network of top-rated websites where buyers look for homes, like: Zillow, Trulia, BDX, New Homes Directory, New Home Guide, New Homes Guide, Active Adult Living, Homes.com, Facebook, and many, many more
- Great to see clean, transparent reports in one easy-to-read dashboard. And know which websites drive the most traffic and leads, and where to allocate marketing dollars
- So easy to manage communities, plans, and inventory-home listings in one place
- Traffic is directed to the builder’s website, not a third-party website alongside competing listings
- Leads! Leads! Leads!
- Integration with the builder’s CRM
- Lightning-fast updates to listings all over the real estate network
- Can plug the builder website directly into the network of listing websites
- Leads are collected in one place from the listing network (and the CRM)
- The feed is branded with the builder’s logo or imagery, not the logo of other vendors
We knew we’d grow, and it’s no surprise. New Home Feed saves tons of time and the full version with mega functionality costs next to nothing and comes complete with all sorts of amazing features! Still need another reason to use New Home Feed? How about this: new users who purchase a one-year subscription to New Home Feed Plus by December 31st, 2012 get an additional 3 months for free. Sign up today!
Thanksgiving is a wonderful reminder to step back from our busy lives and remember all the great things we have that makes our lives so full and warm. As we get ready for visits to family and friends, to eat delicious food, to enjoy what we enjoy (football, sales, napping), we want to share our thanks.
This has been a great year for us and we are extremely appreciative. We are grateful for all of our clients and the challenge to make New Home Feed excellent. We give thanks for the inspiration. We give thanks for your trust. And we give thanks for the team here and everyone’s dedication and hard work.
Happy Thanksgiving from the New Home Feed team.
It’s the season for giving and we have a great gift for new New Home Feed Plus subscribers. New users who sign up for a one year New Home Feed Plus subscription by December 31st, 2012 get three additional months for free! No foolin’.
This is quite the deal! Here’s what you get when you sign up:
– Get on top-rated listing websites, both FREE and PAY-TO-LIST. Instantaneously.
– Drive traffic back to your website, not a third-party listing site where your competitors are right next to your listings.
– Use our super easy tools to manage your communities, plans, and inventory listings all in one place!
– Control your listing network. Don’t let the network control you.
– Manage listings from the New Home Feed interface or directly from your website CMS.
– Get non-biased reporting.
– Improve ROI by knowing where to spend marketing cash.
– Save major time updating listing content like photos, pricing, plans, and more.
– Get listings to effective classifieds sites like Craigslist in a stellar-looking format in seconds!
– Easily get your home listings onto Facebook.
– Tweet your listings using Twitter.
– Get traffic reports all in one really cool dashboard.
So what are you waiting for? Start using New Home Feed Plus today. It’s a cinch, built for non-techy folks, and is super easy to use. Sign up for your subscription here. But hurry, this deal is only good until December 31st!
We stay pretty busy here at the Support Center for New Home Feed answering questions and delivering on our promise of one-on-one help. We need to be sure your New Home Feed experience is an awesome one! So in the process of talking with our fans, we have noticed that there are a few common questions everyone asks so we thought we’d share a quick FAQ for New Home Feed users:
Q: What is the difference between the free version and paid version?
A: New Home Feed Basic (free) offers listing management on free and pay-to-list sites, listing syndication, Dashboard reports and the ability to generate an XML feed. New Home Feed Plus (paid) offers the Basic features and gives you access to full reporting details, access to lead reporting, and social media and Craigslist connectivity.
Q: How do I get my listings on New Home Feed?
A: There are 3 ways to enter your listings on New Home Feed. You can either enter listings manually, have the team enter-in the information for you (for a nominal fee), or we can use an existing XML feed from your website (see newhomefeed.com/api for more information). Don’t worry; we can help with that too!
Q: How many communities, plans or inventory homes can I add to my account?
A: You can add as many (or as little) as you like. While there is no limit to the number of communities, plans or inventory homes, your New Home Feed account is based on region. For instance you cannot have a community that is in another state on the same account.
Q: I am interested in “premium or featured” advertising with sites like Homes.com, Zillow, and Trulia, or adding popular sites like New Home Source and New Homes Directory. How do I start that? Do I pay New Home Feed directly?
A: No, don’t send your check to us! Since we only provide listing management and syndication, we do not handle payments for pay-to-list sites. If you would like to use a pay-to-list site, please contact that site directly to coordinate listing contracts and payment. We’ll make sure your listings are pushed to those sites. We are also happy to make introductions. And remember that in some cases there are free opportunities offered exclusively to New Home Feed users!
Q: How do I boost my traffic numbers?
A: Listings that get the most traffic provide the most information. So make sure you have photos, videos, links to floor plans, and all the description fields are filled out for each listing. And don’t forget to “activate” your listings when you’re done! The more information you provide, the more traffic you get. Meaning robust listings will help you sell even more new homes.
Have any other questions? Feel free to contact us at [email protected]
And now that you’re listing with New Home Feed, don’t forget to enter our “Beautiful Listings” contest! Find out how to enter here