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Archive for December, 2013

December 31, 2013

teranet logoTeranet is pleased to announced that 34 (out of 35) Ontario Real Estate Boards have agreed to extend their contract with GeoWarehouse for three more years!

We are grateful for their support, and look forward to investing in new features to ensure that GeoWarehouse remains the most popular due diligence solution for Ontario real estate agents.

Teranet would also like to acknowledge that we have received an overwhelming number of questions from members of the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) concerning their interest in continued access to GeoWarehouse as an essential service.  In response, Teranet would like to advise all members that we have  presented a standing offer to your association, specifically the TREB executive, to renew GeoWarehouse at the same per-member fee that is presently paid by TREB, on behalf of all members.  This offer remains in effect for their consideration until our current agreement with TREB expires on January 31, 2014.

Based on the feedback and consent we have received directly from over 5,000 TREB members in the past 2 weeks, we are currently reaching out to various brokerages across the GTA to discuss opportunities for continued access to GeoWarehouse for you and your fellow members.

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December 23, 2013

My Vimo logoExpect great things in 2014 from the GeoWarehouse team at Teranet. We look forward to bringing you ViMO (Virtual Mobile Office), a mobile application that will encompass many of the capabilities of GeoWarehouse and more. ViMO is a premier sales and marketing support tool that enhances your personal brand by allowing you to use mobile technology to provide a better client experience when interacting face-to-face with your prospects and clients. This application will also allow you to perform property and neighbourhood searches, create reports, network with clients and other real estate sales professionals, and sign electronic documents. ViMO will be available in early 2014.

To stay informed you can follow ViMO on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Pinterest and more! Also, feel free to check out the ViMO Twitter page at @myvimo.

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December 16, 2013

Parcel RegistersA couple of weeks ago we released a blog that outlined the training videos available on YouTube that demonstrate how to use GeoWarehouse, customize your profile, perform searches and request reports. Our objective is to ensure that you have access to all the training information possible to ensure a positive user experience whenever you use GeoWarehouse.

In part 2 of our recap we will address how you can access and request searches in the GeoWarehouse Store.

1.   Introduction to the GeoWarehouse Store http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OK2ZVCpF__c

This GeoWarehouse training video details how you can access the GeoWarehouse Store, how to make purchases in the GeoWarehouse Store, acceptable methods of payment, types of searches, documents and images and how your purchases will be delivered to you.

2.   Requesting Parcel Registers, Instrument Images http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCnO80_bRvM

This GeoWarehouse training video details how you can request a Parcel Register to validate home ownership, registered mortgages, liens and other vital property title information, how to download and save your search and how to review your search. It also shows you how you can request instrument images including mortgage documents, transfer documents and more, how to download and save your images and review your images.

3.   Requesting Surveys, Plans and MPAC Assessments http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaBKInGfEfc

This GeoWarehouse training video details how you can request a survey, download, save, print and review your survey. It also outlines how you can request a plan download, save, print and review your plan. It also covers how you can request MPAC Assessment Reports, complete your purchase, download, save, print and review your reports.

We hope that you have found this useful and if you require more training information please feel free to contact us here.

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Mobile TechnologyThe past decade has revolutionized the value of social media and mobile technology in Canada. Information and the social environment is no longer based on face-to-face interactions, mail, or over the phone. To be fully integrated with society, it has become necessary to access and utilize social media, smart phones, and technology in general.

While this phenomenon is not as common with the older generations, the younger generations have established it as the norm. Generation Y, those born between 1981 and 2000, is part of the younger generations that have become accustomed to this standard in society. It is important to consider this fact because they encompass one-third of Canada’s population and it is also noted to be the fastest growing demographic in the workplace.  It is also projected that in 15 years, Generation Y will compose three-quarters of the workforce. All things considered, the use of technology and social media is progressively becoming more crucial to the workplace environment and society.

Some real estate sales professionals have expressed concern that technology, especially mobile technology, is decreasing human interaction and face-to-face relationships with customers. This natural progression does alter the methods of communication, but it is not necessarily harmful. The utilization of technology continues to progress in both the older and younger generations. It is because of this that technology actually creates more opportunities for real estate sales professionals to compete and engage, especially with this rapidly growing demographic. Technology also allows for an ease in accessibility which will contribute towards your efficiency and productivity. Trips to the office will no longer be necessary, and both you and your client will be more readily available.

What is important is to learn how to leverage technology and behaviour to embrace clients who use technology religiously. It is essential to develop parallels between face-to-face interaction and interaction using technology to find ways to achieve the same result with clients using both established mediums. Beat the competition by using technology to your advantage. Mobile technology will allow you to work efficiently and update yourself with social media.  Keep yourself updated, and search for available applications that will allow you to integrate more mobile capability into your workflow.

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December 2, 2013

GeoWarehouse TrainingTraining on the full capabilities available from GeoWarehouse is a simple way to be aware of all of the information at your fingertips. For all real estate professionals, we thought it would be beneficial to provide a recap of the training videos available on YouTube.

1.   Getting Started in GeoWarehouse http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3WTOpoeU3Y

This GeoWarehouse training video details how to sign in to GeoWarehouse through the website, how to customize your reports, how to configure your GeoWarehouse profile, the Message Centre, account and transaction information, e-learning, zoom-to-it and more.

2.   Finding Property Information on GeoWarehouse
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozrhYlreg5s

This GeoWarehouse training video details how to access the MPAC Property Line link, how to use the map window and legend and how to perform a search using GeoWarehouse (by address, address range, name, etc…).

3.   Generating Property Details Reports
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVR3xKREm6M

This GeoWarehouse training video details how to perform your search, how to generate your property details report, what is included in the report, how to download and/or print your report and how you can enhance the information contained in your report.

4.   Generating Neighbourhood Sales and Demographics Reports
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QawAF5W2oho

This GeoWarehouse training video details how to perform your search, how to generate your neighbourhood sales and demographics reports, what’s included in your report, how to download and/or print your report and how you can enhance the information contained in your report.

5.   Generating an Enhanced Sales Report
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-bQ3ZsG7js

This GeoWarehouse training video details how to perform your search, how to generate an enhanced sales report, what’s included in your report, downloading and/or printing your report, and how you can further access the results contained in your report.

6.   Accessing Google Maps Street View
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdyH9VCGChM

This GeoWarehouse training video details how you can use Google Maps Street View. It details how you can pan and zoom, how you can use full screen view, virtually walk through a neighbourhood, adjust street view reports and more.

7.   Generating a HomeVerified Report
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8TMZ7Dw2sg

This GeoWarehouse training video details how you can locate a property and generate and review a HomeVerified report that contains vital information about a property’s insurance claims history.

We hope that you have found this useful.

Look forward to part 2 of our recap where we will cover how you can obtain many of the useful searches available in the GeoWarehouse Store.

For more GeoWarehouse training information please feel free to visit here

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