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CRT in the New Year

A new year means new beginnings for the Center for REALTOR® Technology. CRT has always been the shop dedicated to testing and building new technologies that benefit NAR’s members. We will continue in this tradition with the new Data Analytics Group and are very excited to help Todd Carpenter, Managing Director for the Data Analytics Group, realize his vision.

Along with our newest venture, we are also excited to continue exploring new technologies and information-based services. Here are some highlights of the services that CRT is offering in the coming year. Along with regular blog posts, CRT will also be creating white papers, as well as video tutorials and expanding REpurposedApps, our exclusive app-sharing site for NAR members. Here’s a quick overview of what to expect in 2014!

White Papers

CRT will produce one White Paper a month for 2014. Our first paper is dedicated to Multi-Device Design (also called Responsive Web Design or Mobile Optimized) and what it means for the real estate practitioner. Other papers will cover predictive analytics, home automation, data visualization, and alternative types of housing, to name a few.

Blog Post and Tutorials

CRT will cover new technologies from the perspective of actually living with and using products. We’re going to research the latest technologies for the home & office and bring you those that offer the best value for you and your clients. Check in on Mondays and Thursdays for new blog posts.

REpurposedApps

In 2014, we are going to expand our services in REpurposedApps and will make it even more user-friendly. Along with recommended apps, we will also be posting tutorials on select apps, so you can work to integrate the best new apps into your daily workflow.

Surveys

CRT will be posting the results of its 2013 Tech Survey later this month. This annual survey gives a good snapshot of where members are regarding technology utilization. This is one of several surveys CRT will produce this year.

Support and Outreach

CRT is here as a resource for members. To that end, we’d love to hear from our members! What questions do you have about technology? What do you want to know more about? You can submit your questions to info@crt.realtors.org. Stay in touch with the latest from CRT. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Meetup Participation

As part of the Chicago-based tech community, CRT began hosting and participating in Chicago-area meet-ups in 2013. We’ve had a total of 300+ people participate in these meet ups and this has afforded CRT the opportunity to get to know other development shops and learn about cutting-edge services and practices.

We plan on continuing this work and will be hosting one tomorrow night for the Julia Statistical Programming Language. Participating in this meet up will help us see what other Predictive Analytics groups are doing and learn from them.

Other groups we’ve participated in include the Data Visualization, Chicago HTML5 and Big Data Analytics. It’s been a great experience and has highlighted the importance of reaching out to communities outside of real estate.

Keep Posted

CRT is an interactive group, so we look forward to hearing from you with questions and comments. What would you like to see more of? What do you want to know about? Let us know! Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. You can also email us at info@crt.realtors.org.

Chad Curry

Managing Director for the Center for REALTOR® Technology. Working to improve the value proposition to our members through our web properties and mobile space.

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