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Real Estate Agent Review Sites – Congrats Son Huynh, #1 Agent in Indiana

22 Apr

Real Estate Agent Review Sites – Congrats Son Huynh, #1 Agent in Indiana

“Hey, I recognize you….  Help me with your name again, please,” says Blake from Top Producer. “Son Huynh, Realtor in Fort Wayne, Indiana,” replies Son.  **Big smile from Blake** “Sure, I know you, you’re the #1 recommended agent in Indiana!  I use you as an example in all my presentations to real estate offices around the Midwest.” 

That’s when the reality of social proof and real estate agent review sites hit me… HARD.  First off I was very happy for and proud of my friend Son.  Next, I quick pulled out my Kodak Zi-8 to capture this moment!

Son Huynh, #1 Agent in Indiana

Again, congrats to Son Huynh, #1 Agent in Indiana on real estate agent review site IncredibleAgents.  Would you help me recognize Son’s accomplishment?  Consider tweeting this or sharing on Facebook or LinkedIn.  I’d love to see the look on his face if we can get him to the top of not only IncredibleAgents, but of Google as well!  Good karma coming your way!  🙂

In his post You Are the MP3 – Would I Download You, Chris Smith, of Tech Savvy Agent fame, stunned me with this:

“Think about Ebay and for a moment. These are 2 of the largest e-commerce sites on the web and what is happening at the simplest level is that people are buying things from people that they do not know based 100% on the opinions/reviews of other people that they do not know.”  – Chris Smith


WOW!  I was a believer when I read the post, but after witnessing what happened with Son Huynh and Blake Morris, I’m completely SOLD.  If we’re not asking for customer reviews on real estate agent review sites, on LinkedIn, on Facified, on Yelp, on Google Places, we’re missing the boat!  To give you an example, when people see my LinkedIn profile they find 30 people saying that I’m a stand-up guy.  Powerful?  You bet!  Can’t tell you how many loans I’ve written because of those 30 recommendations!

You Are the MP3So, first give Son some kudos by sharing this post, liking it, tweeting, etc.  Next, show some love by leaving a quick comment below. And finally, check out You Are the MP3


Start TODAY to develop your online reputation, your personal brand, your Klout.  Call it what you will, it’s here.  Either ride the wave or get crushed on the coral below.  See you on top!

Top Secret Mortgage Payment Calculator

16 Apr

Top Secret Mortgage Payment Calculator

After many years as a mortgage loan originator I was frustrated by how difficult it was to quickly give a Realtor or a home buyer an accurate estimate of the money they would need for closing.  Sure, we all have access to mortgage payment calculators, but that won’t tell you how much you’ll need for closing, the difference between lender-paid closing costs, interest rates, etc.  Furthermore, I could not easily email or print out samples from a mortgage payment calculator. 

Soooooooo, I came up with a fabulous idea, if I do say so myself!  It tested every “tech savvy lender” bone in my body, but I developed my top secret mortgage payment calculator!  Watch the video to see it in glorious action!

What do you think?  How cool is that!?!  Realtors and borrower alike were shocked to see how effortlessly I could accurately estimate their monthly payments and money needed to close, etc.  Within 2 minutes this top secret mortgage payment calculator can knock out what loan origination software used to take 15 minutes to do.  Who wants to wait around 15 minutes????  Not me.  Not you.  Not my borrowers.  And certainly not the Realtors I deal with.

Attention Realtors and home buyers in northeast Indiana: Why not program my name and phone # in your cell phone so you can call me to get a quick sample?

Chris Sanderson, Tech Savvy Lender
Ruoff Home Mortgage, Fort Wayne, Indiana

First Blockbuster, then Borders… Don’t YOU Be Next!

13 Apr

First Blockbuster, then Borders…  Don’t YOU Be Next!

Here’s the deal, my Realtor and real estate friends…  Video is not going away. Ignore it at your own peril.  No joke.  You don’t want to go the way of Borders and Blockbuster! 

The shocking facts:  Over 75% of your listing prospects (that’s home sellers!) would prefer to list their home with an agent who is using video marketing!  But less than 25% of Realtors actually do use video! 

Heck, I’m a LENDER and I’m using video.  Here’s one of the ways:

Register Now!

Yes, you were right on that one:  Beanie Babies were a fad!  The Snuggie, uh-huh!  But video?  Absolutely, positively HERE TO STAY. Let go of whatever fear you have, get out of your comfort zone and start shooting video of you, your listings, your clients, your buyers, heck, your dog if you want!  But you’ve got to start using video or the tech savvy Realtors are going to eat you for lunch. 

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Admit it! You swore you'd never have a cell phone! 🙂

Even if you’re not in Fort Wayne, Indiana, check out this invitation for yet ANOTHER idea on just how powerful video is, and where you can use it!  It’s for an upcoming FREE class for Realtors – YouTube  101.   YouTube 101 CC pic

For more Realtor marketing, home buying and refinancing tips, please head over to  🙂

To your abundant success,

Chris Sanderson

How to Easily Find Your LinkedIn Connections on Twitter

23 Mar

How to Easily Find Your LinkedIn Connections on Twitter

When I started up on Twitter I was so green that I didn’t realize I could easily find my LinkedIn connections who were on Twitter!  Duh!  I wasted a whole half a day searching for people I knew to follow.  I’d like to now save you that same trouble.

If you like this kind of online marketing, coaching, tips and tricks, I invite you to follow me on Twitter at or connect on LinkedIn at

As always, for all your Indiana home mortgage needs, I’d welcome the opportunity to serve you and your customers.  Thanks in advance.

To your success!

Chris SandersonTwitter winker

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Best Kept Realtor Secret on Facebook!

16 Mar

You’re going to love me for this one, folks! I can’t believe how few have found this little-known, but ridiculously powerful, way to use Facebook!

top secretRemember, please, I make these videos to help you grow your business, but I make my living doing mortgage loans in Indiana!  🙂  Please consider referring your next client my way.  Thanks in advance.

-Chris Sanderson

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How to Export Your LinkedIn Contacts to Outlook or iMail

4 Mar

Wouldn’t it be nice to export your LinkedIn contacts’ updated info into your Outlook?  Believe it or not, you can!!!  🙂

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Efficiency 101 – How to Set Up Your Home Page with Multiple Tabs

25 Feb

Efficiency 101 – This could save you 10 minutes a day, an hour a week….  After that the math gets too tough for me!bright idea efficiency

 To learn more about working with the Tech Savvy Lender, Chris Sanderson to grow your real estate business online, just click on the “Connect” tab above!

Facebook 101 – How to Post a Link on Your Fan or Business Page

25 Feb

My friend Son Huynh asked me to help him put a post on his new fan page wall, so I made him this quick video.  Hope it helps you, too.

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Chris Sanderson, Tech Savvy Lender

If you like it, humor me!  Write a comment or better yet, share this post with someone who might find it useful.

Click to learn more about Chris Sanderson, your own Tech Savvy Lender.

How to Use Facebook Fan Page Pics to Grow Your Network

20 Feb

mari smith exampleWhat creative ideas have you come up with for your fan page?  Show us!  Seriously, in the comments link to your photo album or post to the wall of Tech Savvy Agent of Facebook.  Fun!

See the “About” page above to learn more about “Tech Savvy Lender” Chris Sanderson.

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Tech Savvy Lender’s Heavyweight Champs of the Real Estate Marketing Twitterverse

19 Feb

Overwhelmed by the sheer volume of real estate marketing tips on Twitter? 

It took me 8 months to figure out whose style I respect, whose brand I admire, and whose content I can implement right away.  If you’re in real estate and you follow these 15 you don’t ever have to look for information again!

Click on the Heavyweight Champion belt to be taken to my must-see real estate marketing list on Twitter.

Tech Savvy Lender's Heavyweights of the Real Estate Twitterverse

Hootsuite and Tweetdeck make it super-easy to follow a list on Twitter.  You can be following 4,593 but just see what these 15 are Tweeting.  It’s a fantastic way to stay on top of what is happening!

Follow Tech Savvy Lender's List On Twitter

Alternatively, if you’re not into figuring out new ways to follow lists, then just follow these rockstars!!!

  1. @TechSavvyAgent
  2. @MariSmith
  3. @REMarketingTips
  4. @dankellermtg
  5. @AgentGenius
  6. @DarinPersinger
  7. @TechSavvyLender
  8. @Mashsocialmedia
  9. @Trulia
  10. @InmanNews
  11. @GoodLifeTeam
  12. @CoachTomFerry
  13. @RealEstateVAs
  14. @Top_producer
  15. In the comments below, turn me on to someone new – someone providing incredible content specific to real estate social media branding (also calling “marketing”)

And finally, here’s the raw link to go to the list:!/TechSavvyLender/must-see-re-and-sm-2

You can connect with me at all the usual online places.  Just search “tech savvy lender.”  🙂

And yes, I’m a home mortgage loan originator in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  My “day job” is helping my clients finance and refinance their homes.  I also coach a few Realtors in social media or new media marketing.  See more in the “About” link above.

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