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Kim Howard

Kim is a Marketing Manager at Apto and a new mom. She has zero free time now, but her patience and coffee consumption have increased exponentially.

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7 sales conferences where brokers can build their skills in 2019

By Kim Howard on Jan 24, 2019

sales-conferences-networking-320x213Commercial real estate brokers may wear many hats when working a deal, but at the end of the day, you’re a salesperson. Whether you’re pursuing new business and pitching your services to a prospective client or telling a building's story and presenting to an interested buyer, brokers are always selling.

Because of that, commercial real estate brokerage typically attracts outgoing people who have some natural sales ability. Competition can be fierce, and you can’t rely on charisma alone to close deals (though it doesn’t hurt!). There are many way you can hone those sales skills to stand out from the crowd, and one of the best ways is to attend sales conferences and learn from top sales leaders across various verticals. You’ll get out of the brokerage bubble and come away with tips that can be applied to brokerage and your prospecting process.

We’ve compiled a list of top sales conferences brokers should check out for 2019.

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10 commercial real estate conferences to attend in 2019

By Kim Howard on Nov 27, 2018

CRE Tech conference-320x213.jpegBrokers know that prospecting, nurturing relationships, and networking are crucial for success in commercial real estate. One of the best (and most fun!) ways to network with a lot of people in a short amount of time is by attending industry events and conferences.

Conferences provide an opportunity to meet with people you might not otherwise meet in your local market. Beyond that, they often feature highly regarded industry speakers and continuing education sessions that keep you up to date on the latest trends and boost your industry knowledge. While there are many conferences to choose from, here are the top 10 that we think brokers should check out in 2019.

Need a better way to track who you meet at events? Request a demo of Apto.

Topics: Industry News
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6 commercial real estate associations to join and how to get the most out of them

By Kim Howard on Apr 9, 2018

ccim-pin-320x204Joining a commercial real estate association is one of the best ways to widen your network. It can also increase your credibility with clients and help give your career a boost by providing access to people, resources, and continuing education opportunities you wouldn’t be able to obtain otherwise.

While there’s lots of associations to choose from, we’ve highlighted some of the top ones brokers should consider joining. Some may be a better fit for you than others, but they’re all highly regarded among commercial real estate professionals.

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The 10 CRE conferences you don’t want to miss in 2017

By Kim Howard on Dec 12, 2016

NAIOPCRE16-10-Networking_Reception-897548-edited.jpgWith the holiday season in full swing, most brokers and firms are working on their 2017 budgets. That’s in addition to closing out the year and making holiday travel plans.

But don’t forget, the end of the year is also the perfect time to start thinking about which commercial real estate conferences to attend in 2017. Networking opportunities and continuing education are the main reasons to attend industry conferences, but it’s also a chance to let loose, enjoy a change of scenery, and have a bit of fun with peers you don’t often get to see face-to-face.

It’s advantageous to start planning your travel schedule now for next year’s conferences. By planning early, you’ll benefit from the early-bird registration rates, hotel discounts, and cheaper flights. We know time away from the office can be challenging, but these 10 CRE conferences are worth setting aside the time and budget for in 2017.

Topics: Industry News
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Apto's Top 5 Blog Posts of 2015

By Kim Howard on Dec 21, 2015

The year is almost over, and we wanted to bring you some holiday cheer with Apto's most popular blog posts of the year! Without further adieu, here are the top five:

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The best of commercial real estate data sources: Listings/availabilities

By Kim Howard on Nov 6, 2015

There are a vast number of companies that provide commercial real estate data, and it can be difficult to sort through them or know which ones are the best.

Topics: Industry News
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This Month in CRE Tech - October 2015

By Kim Howard on Oct 27, 2015

Pierce Neinken has done it again! For the third year in a row, hundreds of industry leaders and tech companies came together in New York City to connect on what's new in CRE tech. We were honored to participate in the sold-out CRE // Tech Intersect conference last Thursday, and very much appreciate Pierce and the event team for facilitating a larger conversation about how technology is changing the commercial real estate business! We love hearing about new technology in CRE and wanted to highlight some of the new up-and-coming companies in the industry who were also at the event.

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Q makes it easy to run an office by providing cleaning and other smart services to help office operations run smoothly. The service includes an iPad that’s installed for free in the office, enabling office managers and teams to devise cleaning schedules, restock supplies, and order on-demand handymen. Q automatically tracks your previous usage data to predict the right amount of supplies you need for the next month.

The Supplies Tracker lets everyone in the office alert the office manager when they are out of stock on supplies – whether it's coffee, cereal, or paper clips. The Tracker then puts everything neatly into a web dashboard for the office manager, who can see a list of what's needed. The service is currently available in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco.

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The best of commercial real estate data sources: Mortgage/financial data

By Kim Howard on Sep 1, 2015

There is a vast number of companies that provide commercial real estate data, and it can be difficult to sort through them or know which ones are the best.

That's why we’ve gathered 52 of our favorite commercial real estate data providers across the following categories: Lease/Sales Transactions, Ownership Info, Mortgage/Financial Data, Property Data, Listings/Availabilities, Short-term/Coworking Space, Demographics, Geolocation, and Broker Databases.

Topics: Industry News
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Meet Apto's Dev Team

By Kim Howard on Aug 18, 2015

We have a fantastic Dev Team "behind the curtain" working hard to make Apto intuitive and easy to use so that our customers are able to build better client relationships, close deals faster and more efficiently, gain actionable insights into their pipelines, and manage back-office functions.

Meet our Dev Team: They might be a bit nerdy, but they're also a ton of fun! (and they're amazingly talented)

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Integrate Apto and Gmail with Groove!

By Kim Howard on Jul 29, 2015

We are excited to announce that Groove for Gmail has built a custom integration that allows Apto users to access Apto right from their inbox!

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