Posts filed under ‘Online Tools’ – The Real Estate Referral End of Things

The story continues with – As many of you have been following the updates since my original post (Blocking – Easier than you think!) venting about agents overuse and spam our Facebook wall with their “recommend me” tool you may be interested to know that the referral end of has responded. Response below.

Liz, my name is Philip and I am Broker of Record for the real estate referral arm of  This is still in alpha phase, so it will be some time before this reaches wide spread access.  We are sharing this advance peek with your readers to offer an incentive to *not* block the messages.

We have been testing functionality that allows brokers to refer leads to those they are connected to via Facebook.  We recently sent an actual buyer referral to 6 brokers in Portland, OR, and only 1 responded.  2 more responded when we followed up with direct email messages, saying they assumed the original message was spam.  The other 3 never even knew that they missed a qualified buyer referral who has since submitted an offer.

As a broker myself, I am very dialed into the prolific claims around ‘lead generation’, and we are working VERY hard to provide a high quality and lucrative experience for members of the Stik network.  Stik has failed at times to avoid pitfalls, and there is still much work to be done.

However, blocking all messages from Stik will prevent you from receiving referrals through the network once it is up and running.  For your readers who may choose to block the referral request messages, please check back periodically on the status of the referral network capabilities, as these are leads coming from fellow brokers in your network.

Finally, please feel free to contact Nathan (who posted above) or me ( with any suggestions on how to make the experience better.  We are working hard on the areas that we know, and are always open to new ideas.



So I pose this to my friends and followers who have been having issues with Will this, along with the other updates that Nathan spoke about in his response cause you to unblock the tool and give it a second try?


April 11, 2011 at 3:20 pm 7 comments Replies to Complaints

On March 24th I wrote a 2 minute blog (seriously… took 2 minutes) out of sheer frustration for As I stated in the blog, I have nothing against the product and it’s not a bad concept. However, it is a SPAM MACHINE! Well, after several hundred shares and RT’s to match… last night has finally reached out and responded. Here is their response from one of their founders, Nathan Labenz. Which I think we will all be happy to hear. Thanks Nathan.

Hi Liz,

My name is Nathan Labenz and I’m one of the founders of I just wanted to comment here to let you know that I’ve read your feedback and that we are taking it seriously. We are planning to introduce upgrades to the site tomorrow that will make recommendation requests more personal and meaningful.

I also wanted to make clear that we are not automatically sending these requests. Our users have full control over whether or not to send requests, and to whom. We have been surprised by how many requests some people send and are considering imposing a limit in order to avoid annoying people like yourself.

Have a great day and let me know if you have any other feedback for us.

Nathan Labenz

April 4, 2011 at 10:20 am 6 comments

Blocking – Easier than you think!

We have all be annoyed beyond belief of postings on our wall. Often from someone who doesn’t even interact with us. I myself almost went on a unfriending frenzy about this. Only to do a little research and realize that once a user signs up for Stik, they have virtually little to no control over those postings. So I backed off a little. But still want it to stop. So you will all be VERY happy to know that its easy as pie to make go away. My 2 second instructions are below……. You’re welcome!

Searching in Facebook go up top and search (in FB search bar NOT URL)… go to all results (bottom of the window that opens up), left hand side click on apps. Then.. once in the app window scroll down to left hand side and block app.

And… Wa la!

By the way. If you want recommendations from your peers or customers go to LinkedIn. This is the PROPER place for such non spamming activities.

March 24, 2011 at 4:40 pm 20 comments

Memonic – Helping You Keep Your Online Favorites

I was introduced to Memonic by chance browsing in the Chrome app store just a few weeks ago. After some investigation and trial by error I’ve decided it gets a thumbs up! So your asking yourself “Memonic? Whats that?’ Well, the short was to say it is that Memonic keeps the things you love online, in one simple place!

Here is a great self example. If your anything like me you find most, if not all of your information online these days. Travel plans, local hot spots, NAR Statistics, informational videos and blogs, etc. Well, I know what my “favorites” bookmark tab looks like, its a hot mess. There are litterally HUNDREDS of bookmarks under it that I have no reasonable idea what they are. Worse yet, I go to look for something I know I saved and I can’t find it because there is no good way to label or search. Bookmarking also banks on you renaming your page, and remembering where you put it. Not to mention, if its something on a social network like Facebook… you are all but doomed. Losing that meaningful status or favorite quote.

Memonic takes care of these issues. Allowing you to save Facebook status’, blog posts, helpful videos, recipes, NAR Statistics or whatever it is that you desire. Furthermore, they allow you to tag each item; making it easy and user friendly to search. My favorite part however is the group feature. Allowing you and friends or co-workers to collaborate and share information in a secure group. Lets say you want your buyers agents to build a new presentation but you want to contribute some information… BINGO!

My personal favorite part however is the direct FB Plugin application. Check out the video to see a bit about Memonic, and how you may want to use it.

January 19, 2011 at 2:34 pm 3 comments