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NEW GOOGLE Maps: One of our favorite services just got better! A new redesigned and sleeker Google Maps is available to the general public starting today. Check out the Street-View photos, the public images uploaded to Google+ and Picasa as well as Photo Spheres, and the user-generated photo tours. You can request a free invite here - http://www.google.com/help/maps/helloworld/desktop/preview/
In an information overload and multi-tasking world their message is clear and single-minded. You have to FOCUS on ONE thing. Extraordinary results are directly determined by how narrow you can make your focus. Of course for most of us that is really hard to do. Distractions and popular philosophies are often the reasons why we think we can’t or didn’t succeed. Today good friends, Gary Keller and Jay Papasan, publish their next book—The ONE Thing. I had an opportunity to read an advance copy and there is no doubt that this book will surge on to all the best seller lists this month, and most likely bubble all the way to number #1. Here is my review of their book - http://amzn.to/YYOK9Z - if you found the review helpful I would appreciate a yes on Amazon.
In general, I don't think so. Most agents either believe that it won't change because consumers will always need an agent and therefore they deserve their current commission or that if it will change it will not impact them personally as they personally deliver a better service than "other" agents and therefore they will be able to charge more commission even if others have to charge less. Agents should however step back and not include themselves personally in this debate but rather ask the question whether consumers in general would like to pay less or more for anything. And if less is the overall direction/ answer for the majority of consumers (yes there are exceptions and different service levels and offerings), will the consumer pressure not continue to seek solutions in that direction.
Lee, the term 'out of date' is very relative. On the one side an image of a map is 'out of date' the second after it is taken...on the other side a map is 'never out of date' as streets basically don't move. Google maps are great for many, many, purposes so you should leverage the strengths, convenience and cost effective power of this service to your benefit.