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ASSOCIATION, REALTOR National Assoc. of Realtors Illinois Assoc. of Realtors AGENT- REAL ESTATE NEWS Inman Realty Times Real Town NAR IRED RE Cyber Society AUCTIONS Priceline Ebay Yahoo Auction Auction Sniper Woot
Tons of searchable info for Realtors only Education, schedules, and lot of links!
www.inman.com www.realtytimes.com www.realtown.com www.realtormag.com www.ired.com www.recyber.com
Daily news emailed to you Lots of stuff for consumers and agents Lots of stuff, including real estate listservs! Realtor Magazine Online Popular real estate site Interesting real estate /tech site
www.priceline.com/ www.ebay.com/ http://auctions.yahoo.com www.AuctionSniper.com/?how=kerkid2 www.Woot.com
Name your price for hotels and airfare Buy and sell anything! Bid on about anything! Place bids at the last second and win! Sells ONE item per day- weird!
BACK UPS + ONLINE STORAGE Mozy Symantec Carbonite Iron Mountain iBackup Drive Headquarters Box Drop MyBackupBox COMPUTERS Dell IBM HP Gateway CONSUMER - BUYER SITES Realtor.com VA Freddie Mac Rev 1009 www.realtor.com www.AltiSourceHomes.com www.HomeSteps.com Largest site for home listings on the Web New - VA Repo list Freddie Mac repo’s and other information www.dell.com www.ibm.com www.hp.com www.gw2k.com/home/ Build your own on most of these sites! www.Mozy.com www.BackUp.com www.Carbonite.com www.Connected.com www.iBackUp.com www.DriveHQ.com www.Box.net www.Drop.IO www.mybackupbox.com 2 gb free / $4.95 per month for unlimited $49.99 for 25 gb $54.95 / yr – unlimited backups $9.95/mo – unlimited backups $2.99/mo – 2 gb – nice comparison chart Drop site Free drop boxes – up to 100 mb each A great, easy way to backup your stuff
HUD Repo homes Trulia Craigslist
http://www.tenmanagement.com/listings/state.do?code=IL Link to HUD IL repo list www.Trulia.com Search Rentals and Listings www.Craigslist.com More than just a dating site!
CONSUMER - SELLER SITES Homegain Chicago Title Home Doctor Feng Shui Zillow
www.HomeGain.com www.illinois.ctic.com http://HomeDoctor.net www.fengshui4re.com/ www.Zillow.com
A site to help sellers select an agent Order title work here Do-it-yourself home repair guide Stage your home correctly! What’s your house worth?
DEMOGRAPHICS/SURVEYS Buyer origins by county from NAR www.realtor.org/prodser.nsf/products/E186-71?OpenDocument#detail Census Bureau www.census.gov Census Bureau information Epodunk.com www.epodunk.com Tons of stats by town NAR stats www.realtor.org/research/research/ehspage Market stats from NAR Search Systems www.SearchSystems.net Public record locator Statistics www.FedStats.gov Tons of government statistics Surveys www.SurveyMonkey.com Do your own surveys! City Data www.CityData.com Provides tons of demographics for all towns CEO Express www.CEOExpress.com Keep track of ALL the headline news DESIGNATIONS – AGENTS All designations REBAC CCIM CPM CRB CRS ePRO GRI GREEN RLI www.realtor.org/RUnivers.nsf/pages/familydesignations Link to all designations www.rebac.net Real Estate Buyer Agency Council www.ccim.com Certified Commercial Investment Member www.irem.com Certified Property Managers www.crb.com Certified Real Estate Brokers www.crs.com Certified Residential Specialist http://KerryKidwell.eProNar.com Online ePRO www.realtor.org/griclear.nsf Graduate of REALTOR® Institute www.greenresourcecouncil.org GREEN Designation – NEW! www.rliland.com REALTORS® Land Institute
ENVIRONMENTAL / DISCLOSURE Sex Offenders IL Sex Offenders Termites Information Ventures Cap Index Radon Lead Scorecard HADD Pressure treated lumber AIHA CLUE Reports ASHI ECHO IL Flood maps Mine Subsidence LUST IL Home Inspection Ordinances www.SexOffender.com National website of sex offenders – incomplete www.isp.state.il.us State of IL list http://ianrwww.unl.edu/ianr/pat/termwks.htm Lots of termite info www.Infoventures.com/ Environmental issues including EMF info www.CapIndex.com/ Crime stats in some cities www.radon.illinois.gov Radon information www.epa.gov/lead/nlic.htm National Lead Center – download forms www.scorecard.org/ Toxic sites in your neighborhood www.hadd.com Homeowners Against Defective Dwellings www.origen.net/arsenic.html An overview of arsenic in lumber www.aiha.com Health care issues at work www.choicetrust.com Reports on past insurance claims www.ashi.org Home inspector organization www.epa-echo.gov/echo/ Who’s polluting your town? www.IllinoisFloodMaps.org Interactive maps www.dnr.state.il.us/mines/aml/subsidence.htm Learn more about mine subsidence in IL www.epa.state.il.us/land/lust/faq-about-lusts.html All about underground tanks in IL www.illinoisrealtor.org/Member/government/inspections.pdf By city/village
FINANCE Fannie Mae www.fanniemae.com Good resources www.efanniemae.com Online access to loan process Freddie Mac www.freddiemac.com Ginnie Mae www.ginniemae.gov HUD www.hud.gov FHA, lending and consumer info VA www.va.gov Veteran’s info, including housing Federal Home Loan Banks www.fhlbanks.com Wholesale money to banks for housing IHDA www.ihda.org Low income assistance USDA Rural Development www.rurdev.usda.gov/rhs/ Rural low income loans Nat. Foundation for Credit Counseling www.nfcc.org Help fix bad credit/ get advice Mortgage Bankers Assoc. of America www.mbaa.org Federal Trade Commission www.ftc.gov Don’t get ripped off! Internal Revenue Service www.irs.gov Check tax information RESPA www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/res/respa_hm.cfm True Credit www.truecredit.com Experian www.experian.com Credit Reporting service Equifax www.equifax.com Credit Reporting service Transunion www.tuc.com Credit Reporting service Fair Issac www.myfico.com Get your FICO scores Mortgage Broker licensing http://www.iamb.org/downloads/loanoriginatorregistration.doc MISMO http://www.mismo.org/ E-mortgage info site of Mortgage Bankers of America Free Annual Credit Report www.annualcreditreport.com Get your free annual report here Measuring a house www.appraisetoday.net/measure.html Guidelines for measuring Implode-o-Meter http://ml-implode.com/ Lenders that are in trouble
MORTGAGE FRAUD AND PREDATORY LENDING Mortgage Fraud Blog Stop Mortgage Fraud FBI DFPR FAQ’s Responsible Lending FAIR HOUSING The Housing Site http://www.thehousingsite.org Lots of fair housing info by IAR IL Human Rights Commission www.state.il.us/ihrc/sub/8-104.htm Advertising – Fair housing www.fairhousing.com/news_archive/advocate/march95/page8.htm Guidelines for fair housing ads National Fair Housing Advocate www.fairhousing.com Great site for instructors, includes case laws City of Urbana Fair Housing www.city.urbana.il.us/urbana/city_code/11500000.HTM US Census Bureau www.factfinder.census.gov Lots of housing stats FUN STUFF Any Birthday How Stuff Works Uproar Aphorisms Bezerk Rev 1009 http://anybirthday.com/ www.howstuffworks.com www.uproar.com www.aphorismsgalore.com/ www.bezerk.com Find almost anyone’s birthday! Find out LOTS of good stuff! Play games Get great quotes here for your next speech Online games / “You Don’t Know Jack” www.mortgagefraudblog.com Lots of good cases www.StopMortgageFraud.com www.fbi.gov/publications/financial/fcs_report052005/fcs_report052005.htm www.idfpr.com/FAQ/BRE/toggleBREpredlending.asp Questions and Answers www.obre.state.il.us/Predatory/predrules.htm www.ResponsibleLending.org
IL Predatory Lending Rules
Urban Legends Snopes Home Doctor Cyber Camera Yahoo Sales Autopsy Shockwave Bored Funny Hub Audible GOVERNMENT ARELLO AMP The White House HUD House of Representatives Department of the Army OSHA Internal Revenue Service First Gov DOJ and Realtors Official DOJ/Anti Realtor site What We Do For Out Money NAR / DOJ Settlement
www.urbanlegends.com Are they fact or fiction? Find out! www.snopes.com Is it a rumor or real? http://homedoctor.net Do-it-Yourself home repair guide www.geocities.com/Heartland/Acres/3072/camera2.html A lot of fun! http://clubs.yahoo.com/clubs/ Join or start you own club or chat! www.salesautopsy.com/sales_stories.html Postmortem of sales that died! Funny! www.shockwave.com/ Gotta have this for your computer animation! www.bored.com Lots of links to fun and trivia! www.funnyhub.com Be sure to check out the pictures! www.audible.com Download audio books
www.arello.com Assoc. of Real Estate License Law Officials www.goamp.com/client%20programs/progrmsIL.htm Handbooks for licensing exams www.whitehouse.gov Official White house site www.hud.gov Includes fair housing and repo sales www.house.gov/writerep Write your Representative www.jagcnet.army.mil/legal Military benefits, including VA www.osha.gov From ergonomics to SARS, it’s here www.irs.gov Forms and business expenses explained www.firstgov.gov Just about everything from the USA govt. www.usdoj.gov/atr/public/reports/223094.htm Why they hate us! www.usdoj.gov/atr/public/real_estate/index.htm Unbelievable crap! www.reintel.com/transactionlist.htm What WE told congress. Good checklist. http://www.realtor.org/law_and_policy/doj/nar_doj_in_depth
GRAPHICS and PHOTO SITES Clip Art Clip Art Dazzle GIMP Microsoft Shockwave Snapfish Wikimedia Commons PD Photo Photos.om IStockPhotos Flickr Photobucket Slide Smugmug WebShots LANDLORD – TENANT Fair Debt Collection Act www.ftc.gov/os/statutes/fdcpa/fdcpact.htm What you CAN’T do to collect Illinois Tenant Union www.tenant.org Chicago and suburbs Center for Renter’s Rights www.renters-rights.com University of Illinois tenant group http://www2.uiuc.edu/unit/SLS/sl02001.htm Univ. of IL Site NIU student Bill of Rights http://www.stuaff.niu.edu/legal/tensrgts.htm Northern IL University site Property Management Shop www.propertymanagementshop.com Lots of forms, signs, etc. Landlord Protection Agency www.thelpa.com/lpa/forms/ef-satdish.html Satellite dish info, forms, FREE! IL Landlord/Tenant Act www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumers/landlordtenantrights0404.pdf Institute of Real Estate Management www.irem.org Lots of reference and forms HUD- Sect 8 FAQ www.hud.gov/local/oh/working/localpo/mfhsgfaq.cfm City of Champaign Fair Housing www.ci.champaign.il.us/government/gvdp.php#leg City code directory Rev 1009 www.realestateclipart.com www.freeclipart.com www.dazzle.com www.gimp.org www.microsoft.com www.shockwave.com/ www.snapfish.com www.wikimedia.org www.pdphoto.org www.Photos.com www.IStockPhotos.com www.flickr.com www.photobucket.com www.slide.com www.SmugMug.com www.WebShots.com Lots of free real estate clip art More free clip art Digital video on your PC Free image manipulation software Bill’s homepage and lots of free downloads Gotta have this for your computer animation Get photos and digital pics cheap Pics, maps, clip art mostly royalty free Public domain pics Annual fee to download Pay per picture
Fair Credit Reporting Act www.ftc.gov/os/statutes/fcra.htm Government site www.realtor.org/gapublic.nsf/files/FCRABroch.pdf/$FILE/FCRABroch.pdf NAR Brochure Equal Credit Opportunity Act www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/credit/ecoa.htm ZabaSearch.com www.zabasearch.com Find people and do background checks Mrlandlord www.mrlandlord.com Lots of stuff for landlords +$10 credit reports LEGAL / CASE LAW Advertising – FTC http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/buspubs/creditad/closed.htm Guidelines for credit terms in ads Find Law www.findlaw.com Links to sources everywhere Law Guru www.lawguru.com Tons of legal cases and links; attorney jokes! Law News Network www.lawnewsnetwork.com More interesting legal stuff! Legal reference www.nolo.com Tons of good legal stuff for everyday people Overlawyered www.overlawyered.com Are there too many? Safeshopping www.safeshopping.org/ American Bar Assoc. Internet shopping guide David Slachter Homepage www.slachter.com Interesting home page of a real estate attorney Advertising – Spam www.ftc.gov/spam CAN-SPAM Act FACT Act www.FactAct.us Destroy old documents! FTC/FACT ACT www.ftc.gov/opa/2004/11/facta.htm NOLO www.nolo.com Everyday law for everyday people Judici www.Judici.com Legal docs for many IL counties
LICENSING / STATE Government Real Estate Homepage –IDFPR CE Lookup –IDFPR Disciplines–IDFPR License Lookup–IDFPR Education–IDFPR Staff contact info- IDFPR IL Treasurer/Cash Dash MAPS Color from space Earth and Moon Viewer Mapblast Mapquest Terra Fly Yahoo Huge Maps MARKETING Blue Mountain Cards Brochure boxes Capture Card Color for Real Estate erealtycards Express Copy Home Feedback Info USA Layton printing Lowes Magnets USA Magnet Street Perfect Closing Gift Photobucks Promotion Music Post your listings Productive Products Rev 1009 www1.bluemountain.com/ www.idealbrochureboxes.com www.capturecard.com www.cfre.com www.erealtycards.com/ www.expresscopy.com www.homefeedback.com www.infousa.com www.laytonprinting.com www.LowesRealtorBenefits.com www.magnets-usa.com www.magnetstreet.com www.perfectclosinggift.com www.photobucks.com www.musicspecialties.com www.PostYourListings.com www.ppisign.com/ Send animated greeting cards – free! Brochure boxes and hangers Labels on the back of your business card Unique mailers and flyer printers Electronic real estate cards! Color copies overnight only .39 Get showings arranged & feedback $20/mo Buy mailing lists on CD-ROM Notepads and business cards Discounts for you and your clients Tons of magnetic products Magnets and more Rubber stamp with buyers new address $109 for 500 Million Dollar bills of you Custom made CD’s for agents Put your listings on 15+ sites Great place to buy all your yard signs! www.spaceimaging.com www.fourmilab.ch/earthview/vplanet.html www.mapblast.com www.mapquest.com www.terrafly.com http://maps.yahoo.com/yahoo http://hug.maps.info/ $10 for beautiful color photos See what the earth looks like right now Enter an address and get a map Another good mapping site Variety of satellite views More maps AND driving directions Shows boundaries of cities, zip codes, etc www.idfpr.com/dpr/RE/realmain.asp www.obrelookupclear.state.il.us:82/defaultre.asp www.idfpr.com/DPR/RE/REDISP/REDISC.asp www.idfpr.com/dpr/re/relookup.asp www.idfpr.com/dpr/RE/Education/reeducate.asp www.idfpr.com/dpr/RE/REMGMT.asp www.cashdash.net Opening page for real estate division CE credit lookup View all discipline License lookup page Links about education & IDFPR Phones / addresses / email Find money / annual reporting
REBAC SellsSmart Sendsations Sparrow & Jacobs Superior The Box Company The Best Present Talking House Zillow
www.rebac.net www.sellsmart.com www.sendsations.com www.sparrowandjacobs.com www.superiorrealestatesupply.com www.theboxcompany.com www.thegiftcard.com www.talkinghouse.com www.zillow.com
ABR marketing tools Brochures, postcards, door hangers, etc. More stuff to mail! All sorts of mailers, postcards, calendars All kinds of real estate products Moving boxes with your name on them Pre-paid Mastercard with your ad! Let buyers hear about your listing in the drive Market yourself and your listings
MEDIA- GENERAL American Journalism Review PRW Jing http://220.127.116.11/index.asp www.press-release-writing.com www.JingProject.com News media plus writing aids Press release writing tips Ad visuals to online conversations
MUSIC SITES Pandora Slacker Grooveshark Radio Station Guide NEWS- REAL ESTATE American Planning Association Arch News Inman News IRED NAHB Research Center NAR Planetizen Real Estate Cyberspace Society Real Estate Professional Realtor news Realty Times Smart Growth Smart Growth America Urban Land Institute OTHER COOL STUFF Download Uproar Pricewatch Pricescan RealNetworks Shockwave Microsoft Dazzle Clip art Omniture Toon tracker PDF995 The Free Dictionary Postlets ChaCha Rev 1009 www.download.com www.uproar.com www.pricewatch.com www.pricescan.com www.realaudio.com www.shockwave.com www.microsoft.com www.dazzle.com www.realestateclipart.com www.Omniture.com www.toontracker.com www.pdf995.com www.thefreedictionary.com www.postlets.com www.ChaCha.com Lots of free downloads Play games Buy tech stuff at great prices! Don't pay too much! Get Realplayer & Realjukebox here Get Shockwave for animated homepages Bill’s homepage and lots of free downloads Digital video on your PC Free real estate clip art, some animated Web Analytics Every wanted to know about the old cartoons? Mke pdf files for FREE! Great place for reference material Enhance your Craig’slist or other listings Get answers by texting to 242242 www.planning.org Development news www.archnews.com Architecture and real estate development www.inman.com Daily news emailed to you. www.ired.com Huge, popular real estate site–they will rate yours www.nahbrc.org Building industry news www.realtormag.com REALTOR® Magazine Online www.planetizen.com Planning and development network www.recyber.com Interesting real estate /tech site; free on-line convention www.therealestatepro.com/index.html Articles Real Estate Professional magazine www.realtor.org/roreg.nsf/person?OpenForm News mailed to you from NAR www.realtytimes.com Lots of stuff for consumers and agents www.smartgrowth.net Urban Land Institute site www.smartgrowthamerica.com Land use info http://urbanland.uli.org/DK/CrntIss/ur_CrntIss_fst.html Publication of Urban Land www.Pandora.com Create your own radio stations! www.Slacker.com Similar to Pandora- use with Blackberry www.GrooveShark.com Pick the actual song you want to hear! http://windowsmedia.com/radiotuner/MyRadio.asp Lots of choices for online news/music
PHOTOGRAPHY Snapfish www.snapfish.com Get photos and digital pics cheap! Photo Story 3 Free cool tool FREE from Microsoft! Click below: www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=92755126-a008-49b3-b3f4-6f33852af9c1&DisplayLang=en Flickr www.Flickr.com Share photos and videos
Xerox printers for free!
PROJECTORS Boxlight Infocus Sharp Projector superstore Projectorxpress www.boxlight.com http://store.infocus.com www.sharp.com www.projectorsuperstore.com www.projectorxpress.com Good place to buy a projector
Lots of different projectors Great prices!
SEARCHING / Finding people & information Dogpile Google Google desktop search Supercrawler Ask Jeeves Ask Simon Whowhere Infokey Lookupusa Anywho Switchboard Cyndilist Speegle Superpages 411 SOCIAL NETWORKING Facebook MySpace Twitter Pipl LinkedIn Plaxo Spoke Ecademy Ning www.Facebook.com www.MySpace.com www.Twitter.com www.Pipl.com www.LinkedIn.com www.Plaxo.com www.Spoke.com www.Ecademy.com www.Ning.com Join Kerry Kidwell’s Education Forum! The original Follow your heros! More of a search site For professionals For business people Create your own network www.dogpile.com Web catalog and search – good resource www.google.com Unbelievably fast searching www.desktop.google.com Search your harddrive with google www.supercrawler.com Searches all major search engines www.ask.com Find things by asking questions www.asksimon.com www.whowhere.com/wwphone/phone.html Finds names, addresses, & phone numbers www.infokey.com Family name origins www.excite.com/reference/people.html People finder and reverse directory www.anywho.com/ People finder & reverse directories www.switchboard.com Find a person or business www.cyndislist.com/ Genealogy – 100,000 links! www.speegle.co.uk A search engine that speaks to you! www.superpages.com Look up info on a city level www.411.com Reverse phone book, name look-up, etc
TECH COMMUNICATION JiWire Avantgo Jconnect E-fax Rev 1009 www.JiWire.com www.avantgo.com www.jfax.com www.efax.com/ Find hotspots when you travel Download info into your PDA Faxes and voicemail sent to your email Check it out! Faxes anywhere.
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Faxing and voice mail Great faxing stuff-NAR discount Talk over your computer microphone Voice email and online video conferencing Free phone calls from your PC Internet answering machine Free email service Follow anyone with a GPS! Kids? Talk for free over the internet! Talk over your regular phone Place a call that sends an email Get feedback quickly and easily Take remote control of your PC! Leave a direct voice message
TECH NEWS PC Magazine PC World Stephen Canale Kim Komando RE Cyber Society www.pcmagazine.com www.pcworld.com www.canale.com/ www.komando.com www.recyber.com Products reviews and downloads Lots of reviews and downloads Sign up for Stephen’s Tips and Tricks Website for radio show Get the newsletter! Tons of cool tips- some free!
SOFTWARE for REAL ESTATE AGENTS Top Producer Checklists & Systems SHOPPING- GENERAL Half.com Shopping .com PriceGrabber Virtual Florist Movies Road Warrior Postage Stamps Dealtime Graveyard Mall Instruction manuals Phone Dog Penny Wise Lowe’s TRAVEL –AIRLINES American Northwest Southwest United Airtran TRAVEL - CARS Hertz Alamo Budget Avis Rev 1009 www.hertz.com www.GoAlamo.com www.DriveBudget.com www.avis.com www.aa.com www.northwestairlines.com www.southwest.com www.ual.com www.airtran.com www.half.com Cheap videos, CDs, DVDs- enter "chipmunk" for discount www.shopping.com Compare Internet prices! www.PriceGrabber.com Compare prices www.virtualflorist.com Buy real and “cyber” flowers for friends www.reel.com Buy your favorite movies, old and new www.warrior.com/ Laptop accessories www.stampsonline.com Order direct from US Post Office www.dealtime.com/ Compare prices on lots of products www.graveyardmall.com Buy overstocked merchandise www.livemanuals.com Find your lost manual here to about anything! www.phonedog.com Compare phone rates and plans www.penny-wise.com Great Realtor prices on office supplies www.LowesRealtorBenefits.com Discounts for Realtors and clients. www.topproducer.com www.checklistsandsystems.com/ These are the top two to consider buying Real estate system to help you profit!
CARS Carfax Gas Buddy
www.cars.com www.carfax.com www.gasbuddy.com
Buy, sell and research car purchases Find out if a car has been in a wreck! Gives you lowest & highest prices by state
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VIRTUAL WORLDS Second Life There Whyville www.secondlife.com www.there.com www.whyville.com Explore another world! Spend REAL money. Are you ready for the future? Virtual world for kids
VIRUS PROTECTION McAfee Symantec Ad-aware Spybot www.mcafee.com www.norton.com www.lavasoft.com www.searchanddestroy.com/ Automatically updates virus protection Another good virus protection site Free download to help eliminate adware Helps rid you of spyware