RSS Feeds

RSS (the most common translation is now “Really Simple Syndication”) is a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works-such as blog entries, news headlines, audio, and video-in a standardized format.

What this does is allow people to “subscribe” to specified sites that will then give you up to the date information or “live” feeds of information. The most common RSS Feeds are “News” or “Blogs” When someone posts a new topic it will be picked up and shown through the RSS Feed almost immediately.

These can be helpful to just “browse” through the main subjects, instead of having to read an entire article. RSS Feeds basically give a summary of the information to make it easier and more convenient to read.

Writing Docs to PDF With CutePDF writer

Did you know there is a simple tool called cute PDF writer that you can download for free on the internet. This tool will allow you to write any Doc to a PDF even a picture. The install is at from here you will look for the free install to the left. Go ahead and install it. When it is done a page will show up telling you to install the free converter. When everything is installed you will find cutepdf in your printers and you will be able to start writing docs to PDF. Happy writing

New Web Tools in SAVI

The SAVI Tools Menu now contains a powerful set of new features called Web Tools.   The SAVI Web Tools menu includes four web-based applications that are essential tools for better management of your online marketing efforts:

  1. Use the Website Competion menu to find the competitive ranking for various websites and brokers.  Enter and one or more competing broker sites to see results on how we stack up.  (Tip:  Use this information in listing presentations to demonstrate the strengths of the online brand when compared to other Bay Area brokers.
  2. Use the Website Demographics menu to find site demographics for and other websites.  (Tip: Comparing site demographics helps you learn more about the gender, age, income and ethnicity of people online.  Use this information to plan your marketing efforts).
  3. Use the Website Ranking menu to find site ranking (from for all websites on the internet.  Enter the names of and other websites to see how they rank.  (Tip: Lower numbers are better.) 
  4. Use the Google Insights for Search menu to see what people are searching on the internet, and when their search activity peaks.  (Tip:  Select a search term, date and region to find out when people are searching for real estate online and use this information to plan your online marketing activities.)

During the coming weeks we will be providing training and marketing materials on how to use these important new resources. In the meantime:  Try it; you'll like it.

Quick tips when purchasing a Notebook computer

1. Portability – The biggest reason when buying a Notebook Computer is portability. Having access to your computer when traveling or when you don’t always work in a central location can be key for most people.

2. Wireless Internet – When you purchase a new notebook computer, they come equipped with a wireless device built in. you no longer need a wireless adapter to utilize Wireless Access Points, or “Hot Spots”. Most cell phone companies offer an Air Card that allows you to use their network to connect to the internet wherever there is cell phone service. This may be valuable at a home that doesn’t have an access point, like open houses for example.

3. Expense – Most Computer brands have discount, refurbished or even outlet sites available ( They offer the same models that work just as well as full price laptops at a fraction of the cost. The best part about these machines is they usually come with a full warranty, and offer an extended warranty that will still keep the purchase at low cost. Prices range from the entry level Notebook, to the high performance specialty notebooks. Prices ranging between $600 – $1000 depending on memory and storage size, as well as any extras that are available during the purchase.

4. Speed/Memory – Intel Core 2 Duo is the most popular Processor when it comes to Notebook PC’s. The Core 2 Duo has plenty of power when running day to day programs such as Internet Explorer, Microsoft Outlook and Word. Ram (random access memory) may vary from 1 gig up to 4 gigs; ideally the more the machine is equipped with the better it will run under load. Hard Drive space can vary from 80 gigs up to 320 gigs, anything in between is more than enough for daily use.

Does it work?

Many of the Alain Pinel Realtors advertising campaigns feature our web address as "". Recently we have received a number of questions and problem reports about whether or not this simplified description of our URL will get you to the website.

The answer is YES, and here's why

The domain name will successfully "resolve" (that's the technical name for it) to our website, when it is used on a computer that is NOT on our network.  Try it from home, or a non-APR computer and you'll see what I mean.  This has been extensively tested, so if you type from an ordinary computer that is not in an APR office you should end up on our site.  If you don't, there's probably something wrong with the individual computer. 

Now here's the fine print for you techies in the audience:  If you have tested the URL from within an APR office, you have probably noticed that it DOES NOT work.  That is because you are inside of our network domain, and the domain name is not resolved in the same manner as when you are on the outside. There's plenty more info about this on the Wikipedia, which is linked to several parts of this posting above. 

So rest assured that all of those ads, print pieces and company banners have the correct web address. Consumers who type on their home computer will, in nearly all cases, end up on the website. 
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