Author of "Jack and Jill Go Up the Home Ownership Hill" Texas Real Estate Broker Associate, Real Estate Instructor, father of two, husband to one. Faith, family, friends and work, in that order. I work to live not live to work. My work environment is customized to the needs of each client. I am present for my clients and make sure I make their day. I'm an Eagle Scout and still believe in the values I learned so many years ago. I am an active real estate broker associate at CB&A REALTORS. I am also the Founder of Living the Real Estate Life.com a real estate education, inspiration and voice integration company. The FIRST real estate agent in Houston, Texas to use Alexa in marketing listings and I can help you to be the next real estate agent to use this technology to add value to your listings. My motto: "LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST"
“Take a walk on the wild side.”– Lou Reed I am excited to announce that I have re-written and now have FULL Texas Real Estate Commission approval for my latest version of AMAZON ALEXA, and her friends, for REAL ESTATE. The class is titled: Making ALEXA Work for Real Estate #43586. You want to WIN more listings? You just need to add the value that is missing, a personal marketing touch. Here’s the kicker– You don’t have to spend a fortune or be a computer genius. It’s time to learn how easy it is to Make ALEXA work for YOUR real estate business. I am ready to teach you what you’ve been missing. This class will be offered IN PERSON & on zoom. I suggest the IN PERSON class as you will get a chance to see and hold the Alexa devices and start making some decisions on where you want to start. Click here to see more.
***** Making ALEXA Work for Real Estate #43586 (3 Hours T.R.E.C. Continuing Education) Use technology to give your seller’s the best opportunity to sell their home in ANY market. Secure more listings & elevate your listing presentation, with little out of pocket. This class will introduce you to Alexa, the Voice Assistant & her friends. You will learn how to create an in home, interactive showing experience that uses YOU & YOUR seller’s marketing message & light up the house—THE SHOWING A BUYER WILL NEVER FORGET! We will also discuss daily uses, converting your blog to a Voice blog, a brief history of voice assistants, how to protect your clients, & where The One to Four Family Residential Contract resale mentions this technology. Learn from an Alexa Voice Skill award winner and creator of the first Alexa voice Skill for Real Estate in The Woodlands, Texas. ***** Authored and Taught by Scott Culberson, Provider Living the Real Estate Life #10445
I am posting this from my other website Living the real estate LIFE, not only because it’s a good post, but because the ECHO FLEX is back in stock for a short time and it will be a short time because this item sells out fast. Read on to see why this device is GREAT!!!
My first favorite smart device is a smart speaker from Amazon, the Echo Flex. THIS IS A GREAT SMART SPEAKER TO GET YOU STARTED–With a starting price tag of $24.99 you immediately start to see why I like this device. The small price tag is only equaled by it’s small size(2.8″tall by 2.6″ wide), but don’t be fooled their is ALOT you can do with this device. This is the only Alexa speaker that plugs straight into the wall. What comes in the box is the Echo Flex and some instructions that’s it, NO CORD. You plug the Echo Flex directly into an outlet and you can plug it in RIGHT side up or UPSIDE DOWN. I’ll explain why you might want to do that later. The Echo Flex has a 3.5mm line out on the side, perfect for plugging into a speaker, a USB PORT on the bottom, and Bluetooth capabilities. The microphones, speakers and on/off buttons are on the face of the Echo Flex. The speaker is small, but with the Bluetooth capability you can synch to a more powerful Bluetooth speaker or an Amazon Echo Dot or like I mentioned earlier you can run that 3.5mm wire to a bigger and better speaker. Because of it’s size and the ability to plug directly into an outlet this Echo can go places other echo’s have difficulty like behind a counter or on a wall that doesn’t have a table or ledge near it. You can use this device just like other Echo devices, calling the wake word and then asking for what you need. Wake words include: Alexa, Computer, Echo, Amazon, Ziggy and any of the celebrity voices you have paid for. Here is an Amazon link to the Echo Flex.
The Echo Flex has several accessories that you can use with the device and one of these is my second favorite smart device. Important thing to note you can only use one accessory with the Echo Flex at a time. I mean you plug the accessory into the USB port on the bottom of the Echo Flex. The three most popular accessories are a digital clock, a night-light and a motion sensor. The brand of accessory that I have tested and have had positive results with is made by Third Reality. The device that I have tested is the motion Sensor, $14.99. You would plug the motion sensor into the bottom of the Echo Flex and then plug the Echo Flex into an outlet. Your motion detection would be at the bottom of the device. If you are not getting the range that you want you simply unplug the Echo Flex, flip it upside down and now the motion detector is on the top. Here is an Amazon link to the Motion Sensor for Echo Flex.Link to the Clock.Link to the Night-light.
Having a motion detector with a speaker opens up a world of opportunity with Amazon Routines. Your looking at around a $40.00 one time fee. Let me be clear, that’s buying an Echo Flex and a Third Reality Motion Sensor and does not include any shipping and handling. You can add Amazon Prime or Amazon music but all of your echo devices will work fine without an Amazon Prime or Amazon music account. Let’s talk about routines. The flow of a routine is: Trigger=Action.
Your trigger is motion detected. Your action could be all of the following: 1) Sound “dog barking” 2) Smart Home “lamp goes on” 3) Alexa says “Someone’s in the kitchen”. You can also set this routine for certain days of the week and certain times of the day. You can then have the routine wait for let’s say 15 minutes then turn off the lamp. Lastly you can suppress the routine for a number of hours or minutes before it will run again, that way people won’t be tripping it over and over again and it becoming annoying.
The small price tag and size makes the Echo Flex and it’s motion detector the perfect tool for any real estate agent or broker listing properties. It’s perfect for you to promote your listings as buyer’s tour the property and you might want to use one during and open house. After all Alexa is the ultimate assistant, put her to work upstairs or in another part of the home. She can talk to buyers upstairs while you talk to a group in the kitchen. The ultimate open house that EVERYONE will be talking about.
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