Thursday, January 30, 2014

Announcing My Live Play - Georgian Bay APP

  I have commented from time to time in prior posts about how much technology has changed not just our daily lives.  It has also had a profound impact on entire industries and professions including the role of REALTORS®.

  Smartphone and mobile device usage has grown significantly over the past couple of years.  It’s not just our kid’s texting that has increased mobile device usage.  CBC News reported back in July of last year that Smartphone usage by Canadian adults had increased 33% from the prior year.  With this in mind, I am very pleased and excited to announce the launch of my own real estate APP, Live Play – Georgian Bay which I believe is the first such APP for our area. 
   
  Available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices as well as HTML for Blackberry and similar platforms,  Live Play – Georgian Bay is aimed at providing consumers with current and relevant information that will assist them with their real estate buying and selling needs.  Our role as REALTORS® has changed, much of it driven by technology but also by the changing demands of today’s consumer.  As professionals, consumers expect and need their REALTOR® to readily provide a degree of information, knowledge and service with respect to real estate that is consistent with the degree of expertise they receive from their lawyer or accountant.

  More than just an MLS® search tool, I have developed Live Play – Georgian Bay in such a manner as to give users access to an abundance of information via their Smarthphone or mobile device including my quarterly Georgian Triangle Real Estate News and Condo Communique newsletters, blog posts, open house notices, access to Royal LePAGE TV help videos and more.  I have endeavoured to develop an APP that will both engage and inform my clients and users.  My intent is to build an online community, a place where users can share photos of their new or perhaps dream home, their latest home renovation project or to simply ask questions or post comments.    

  While I believe my APP is the first of its kind in the area, it will not remain static or stale.  I will continue to refine its features in tandem with today’s ever changing technology and in accordance with what people want.  As REALTORS® we must demonstrate our knowledge and willingness to assist consumers without expecting anything in immediate return.  With my APP and other initiatives such as this blog, I not only want to keep my current and past clients informed about our local real estate market but I hope my efforts will provide a degree knowledge and service to others, earning their respect, trust and perhaps future real estate business in the years ahead.

 Please click on this link to download the correct APP for your respective device.  After exploring its use I would love to hear your feedback and do not hesitate to mention other features you would like to see. 


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Rick relocated to Collingwood from Toronto in 1985 through a transfer with Goodyear Canada. In 1987 Rick was recruited by a major client of Goodyear’s, managing their Canadian business based in Barrie before moving to Chicago in 1992 as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Upon returning to Canada in 1996, Rick ran an industrial products manufacturing company in Stratford, Ontario. In 1998 Rick returned to Collingwood with his two children. Rick is a licensed real estate Broker with Royal LePAGE Locations North in Collingwood and holds his MVA designation (Market Value Appraiser-Residential). He is an active volunteer in the community serving several years on the Board of Directors with the Collingwood Chamber of Commerce as Treasurer, 6 years on the Board of Directors for the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® of which he is the Past President (2008) and currently serves on a committee with the Ontario Real Estate Association. Rick is a diverse executive manager with extensive experience in strategic planning, manufacturing, finance, human resources and quality assurance management.