Text Marketing for Realtors

What if YOUR yard sign could capture the phone # of every person who looked at your listing?  It can!!! Yard signs are still one of the most effective and affordable marketing solutions for Realtors.  A well placed sign is one of your greatest assets when selling a home.  Technology is changing the way buyers gather information and make purchase decisions. No one has the time to call your office and go through the standard sales pitch.  Buyers want to know two things:  How much does this house cost? (Price).  What does the inside of this house look like? (Photos)  Give them what they want!!  Price & Photos.

Mobile Marketing for Small Business

Mobile marketing (aka: Text Messaging) gives buyers the option to send a text message to get pictures, price, and information on your listings in seconds. In return, you – the listing agent – receive a text message and, an email with the potential buyer’s cell phone number.

According to a recent survey, 85% of all Americans own a cell phone and 52% of them use text messaging to get the information they need. With the median age of a text messaging user being 38 years old, not showing your properties using the latest technology is costing you sales and potential listings.  Just say yes to the text:

* No additional work for you.  Most text marketing companies will design, build, and manage your listings.

* You provide buyers with instant property information.

* Leads are direct to you.

* Photos & details are viewed directly on buyer’s phone.

* Gain a competitive edge over other Realtors in your area.
*** ViewByText Mobile Marketing has helped hundreds of Real Estate professionals grow their business through text message and call capture marketing. With over 7000 listings under management across the country, View By Text can help increase your sales and listings.

For a demo of the system: Send a text to the phone number 32075 and your message will be: Price1100

For more information, call 1 (732) 595-8398 or visit them on the web at www.viewbytext.com today.

Better Qualified Receives ‘A’ Rating From BBB Of New Jersey

PRLog (Press Release) – Feb 11, 2011 – EATONTOWN, N.J. – (Feb 11, 2011) Better Qualified LLC is proud to announce it has received an A rating from the Better Business Bureau of New Jersey.

The Eatontown-based company assists companies and individuals with credit problems to restore their credit and to develop stronger financial habits and strategies. With only 1 complaint that was handled immediately and to the satisfaction of the BBB since its establishment in June 2006, the company has built its success on a solid understanding of its clients’ needs, and on an uncompromising commitment to integrity.

“Our clients trust us with their financial futures,” said Paul J. Oster, CEO of Better Qualified LLC. “That makes our integrity paramount to every aspect of our operation. We’re proud that the Better Business Bureau of New Jersey has recognized what our clients know so well – that nothing comes before our commitment to them.”

Better Qualified LLC helps clients to establish lines of credit (either with personal or non-personal guarantees), They provide credit monitoring, analysis and consulting on business and consumer credit reports, elevate business credit scores and assist with credit card approvals and identity theft protection and resolution. With more than 100 business partners – both public and private companies – Better Qualified has the knowledge and the connections to meet any client’s needs.

The common thread is the experience of Mr. Oster, whose 20 years of work in fields including finance, mortgages and insurance give him a unique understanding of each client’s complete financial picture – including the challenges they face, and strategies for overcoming them. We truly believe “The most important number in your life today is your credit score”.

Better Qualified, LLC,
Operating since June 2006, Better Qualified specializes in business and consumer credit services. Offering businesses and consumers credit solutions that include,, establishing lines of credit (personal/non-personal guarantees), analysis and consulting on business and consumer credit reports, establishing business credit scores, credit card approval processes, and identity theft protection.

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Better Qualified, LLC

Operating since June 2006, Better Qualified specializes in business and consumer credit services. Offering businesses and consumers credit solutions that include,, establishing lines of credit (personal/non-personal guarantees), analysis and consulting on business and consumer credit reports, establishing business credit scores, credit card approval processes, and identity theft protection.

ID Theft On Vacation

On vacation? Beware of ID theft

Don’t let your dream trip turn into a nightmare. Follow these 10 steps to protect your personal information when you’re away from home.

It’s easy to become a victim of identity theft while traveling, whether for work or pleasure. Follow these tips to protect yourself:

1. Let your credit-card company know if you’ll be traveling (especially if you’re leaving the country).

Financial institutions’ fraud departments are becoming more vigilant about any unusual activity on your card, which can be a great way to detect a problem. But if you’re away from home when the bank calls to verify the charges, you could end up stuck with a frozen account while you’re out of town. Avoid the hassles and notify your bank before you leave home.

2. Don’t automatically call back the phone number that claims to be from the bank.

If you get a phone call or e-mail about suspicious activity on your card, don’t automatically call back the number on the message. This is a common ploy by identity thieves to capture personal information. Instead, call the customer service number on the back of your credit card. If the call was legitimate, your credit card issuer will be able to connect you to the appropriate department.

3. Secure your mail while you’re gone.

If you’ll be gone for a while, have a trusted neighbor or friend pick up your mail every day or stop your mail at the post office. Your mail can be a treasure trove for criminals — it can contain your credit card numbers and other personal information that could lead to identity theft. “There’s no greater magnet for burglars than a mailbox that is overflowing with mail,” says Adam Levin of Credit.com and Identity Theft 911. And don’t announce the dates of your travel on your Facebook page. That’s like issuing an open invitation to thieves.

4. Weed out your wallet.

Tourist destinations are often a haven for pickpockets, so go through your wallet and take out any unneeded credit cards and personal information before you leave. Don’t carry your Social Security number in your wallet and take only the credit cards that you know you’ll need. Also, make copies of all of your important documents, such as your passport, driver’s license, health insurance card and tickets, so you’ll have access to the information if your wallet is stolen, advises Levin. Leave the copies with a trusted family member or scan them into an encrypted file on your computer. Further, keep a list of contact numbers for your credit card company and bank with you, so you can reach them easily if your wallet is stolen or you have any trouble with your account.

5. Be wary of generic ATMs.

Banks have been reporting an increase in ATM skimming incidents. This is when thieves install a card reader in an ATM to capture your account information and PIN, so they can later steal from your account. Levin recommends sticking with bank ATMs at a branch to be safe. “There’s a greater level of security,” he says.

6. Check your accounts regularly for suspicious activity.

“Spend a few minutes online every day looking at your bank and credit card accounts, and make sure every transaction is yours,” says Levin. This is a good idea any time, but it’s particularly important when you’re out of town, where you could miss a call from your bank about suspicious activity. Some banks also offer a service that can notify you by text message or e-mail whenever a transaction above a certain size is made on your card.

7. Be careful with hotel computers.

Don’t access your accounts or personal information on public hotel computers, which could have software that logs keystrokes and records your passwords and account numbers. And be very careful when using an unsecure wireless network.

8. Don’t leave personal information lying around in your hotel room.

Keep your credit cards and other important information with you or lock them up in the hotel safe, says Levin. Leave your checkbook in a safe place at home if possible. Safeguard your laptop computer, too, especially if it has account information that is not encrypted.

9. During long absences, freeze your credit.

If you’ll be traveling for a long time and won’t be able to check your accounts regularly for suspicious activity, consider putting a freeze on your credit report. A freeze prevents potential lenders from accessing your credit report without your authorization, which can prevent identity thieves from opening new accounts in your name. You can still make charges to your current cards without unfreezing your account. It generally costs $10 at each credit bureau to freeze the account and $10 to unfreeze it. For this precaution to be effective, you must freeze your credit report at all three credit bureaus. Contact Equifax, TransUnion and Experian individually.

10. Be vigilant after you return home.

Identity thieves are known for their patience, and it can take them a long time to pounce. Check your credit report at AnnualCreditReport.com for any suspicious activity — you can receive one free copy of your report from each of the three credit bureaus every 12 months, and you can stagger your requests so you get one copy every four months. This is a good move for everyone to do, even if they haven’t left home in a while.

This article was reported by Kimberly Lankford for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine.