ActiveRain Tutorials: FREE Online Technology Tools and Services for Your Business - 2009

FREE Online Technology Tools and Services for Your Business - 2009

Top FREE Online Technology Tools and Services for Your Business - 2009

Last year around this time, I created a Blog post with links to the "Top 200+ FREE Sites and Tools" for your Business.  Hard to believe that was a year ago.  This year is focused on some sites and tools I actually use more frequently, and think you might too.  There are so many great sites that offer some fantastic services, it's a challenge to keep up with all of them, and try to tell you which ones are the best. You could spend more time learning and playing on the computer than actually getting your work done. (so be careful if you check out my top 200 from last year..)

With that in mind, I tried to focus these "Top Sites" on things you can actually use and apply to your business.  For every site and service I mention here, there are probably 4 or 5 others that offer the same type of tools or service, and that's not to say they aren't fantastic, these are just my selected choices to share.  The slide-show below (using has the name of the site, a quick overview of each one, then a link to their site using their logo. Some of these you will have heard of, and might even be using already.

You can download a copy of this from, a great site to store and share files with others.  If you've come across some great sites, on-line tools, or FREE services yourself this year, and you'd like to share them here, feel free to do so.  On many occasions, I have found some of the best stuff by just reading Blog comments on others posts.

In these tighter economic times, I hope some of these sites and tools will help save you some money, time, and contribute to improving your Blogs, Websites, and Service to your clients. Enjoy! :-)



"Learn More. Get More. Do More. Be More."

Comment balloon 64 commentsBrad Andersohn • October 04 2009 01:28PM


Brad, awesome list! Some I hadn't seen before - exciting!

Posted by Jo Olson, Retired - HOMEFRONT Realty @ LAKE Roosevelt (HOMEFRONT Realty) over 10 years ago

Thanks Jo - these really are some great sites and services.  The Top 200 I did last year got a lot of hits and comments, but it took forever to do, and was a bit overwhelming for myself and others.  Glad you liked this condensed list.  See ya next week.  :-))

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

Thanks, Brad. I am heading in to look at the list. How was the Tech Fair?

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) over 10 years ago

Hi, Brad. I am fairly new to Active Rain and I missed your last year's list so I will go and read it. Thanks so much for all the information!

Posted by Leslie Helm, Real Estate For Trail Riders (Tennessee Recreational Properties) over 10 years ago

Jane - the MLS Tech Fair in NY was great!  Very informative.  I was actually inspired to do this list while I was there.

Leslie - hope you like it, there's a lot of great sites on that list too.  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

Thank you, this is a great list.

Posted by Laurie Hellmer, Dowtown Chicago Lofts and Chicago Neighborhood Realty (Real People Realty) over 10 years ago

Free is always one of the best words you could say!  I'll have to implement a few things that I'm not.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 10 years ago


Another good list.  Some of these I knew about and some were new.  All in all very helpful.

Posted by Brian Brumpton, Boise Idaho Real Estate (Keller Williams Boise) over 10 years ago

Thank you Brad!  I learned a lot from last year's list and did pick a few sites that I have continued to use.  I will spend a bit of time each week trying out the ones on this list and I'm sure some of them will wind up in my toolbox too.  Meanwhile I'll reblog this post to get the word out (and so I can refer back to it over and over easily).  ;-)

Posted by Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker (RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks) over 10 years ago

Hello Brad, thanks again for Free and Effective on-line tools we can use.  YDM  John

Posted by Alexander- Slocum, Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate (Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington) over 10 years ago
Thanks Brad - some good stuff there - some I use, some I have alternatives for and some I never even conceived if I can only get a few more hours in each day, I might get up to speed... John
Posted by John Occhi, SRES,CPRES.ePRO - Temecula-Murrieta CA Real Estate (Mason Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Great resource. Thanks for the post.


Posted by Miranda Moser, Calgary Real Estate Agent (Century 21 Bamber Realty) over 10 years ago

Very cool information. Thank you for sharing these with us Brad. My favorites are the Conference Call and the Banners. I'll probably check out a few others still.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 over 10 years ago

Wow Brad, I try to stay up on the latest sites but I made a list of several that I haven't even heard of yet. Thanks for the tips and the new tools to play with :)

Posted by Monica Bourgeau, Business Coaching (New Phase Business Coaching) over 10 years ago

Brad - how long does it take to learn all this stuff? Never mind long does it take to learn ABOUT all this stuff?  I'm excited I know how to use Picnik, but I'm hyperventilating over the fact I don't really know much about the other 24!  So I'm bookmarking this post and will come back after I have found some brown paper bags to breathe into.

Posted by Coleen DeGroff, Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL (eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

Brad - I love free adn I love this post. What a gift! How can I say thank you enough!!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) over 10 years ago

Brad, you've always been and will alway be "The Man".  Thanks for always sharing.  I hope to get to meet you NAR Convention this year!

Posted by Ray Nellum, Fort Smith Real Estate (Envision Real Estate Group, LLC.) over 10 years ago

Oh Darn - I just noticed this slide show is missing the last two slides, "Social Media Networks" and "The 200 Links" slide...  I must have broke it.  (I do that to these sites ya I'm what they refer to as a power-user!  haha~

I'll try to fix it when I get back from REBarCamp in Silicon Valley tomorrow.  Otherwise it will have to wait till I return from the Seattle RainCamp.  In the meantime, if you want to see the full slideshow presentation, just CLICK HERE for all 25 slides. Sorry about that.

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

Thanks Brad  Already see two I plan to look into and a few more that would be of use.  Have a good week.

Posted by Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi, Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY (Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty) over 10 years ago
Thanks Brad. Some new ones that I'm going to have to investigate.
Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 10 years ago

Brad, I love new tech tools and the best way to find them is through "referral" -- thanks for referring us to them. I look forward to playing

Posted by Kathryn Gorham, Emerald Isle NC Crystal Coast (Green Key Realty) over 10 years ago

Brad - Another great post to bookmark.  I like the fact you used to host and display the presentation.  I have found some great content searching through Slideshare's database...

Posted by Bill Risser, Fidelity National Title - Tampa District (Fidelity National Title) over 10 years ago

Great content! Thanks Brad.

Posted by Lynn Cromer (ReMax Advance Realty) over 10 years ago
Thank you for sharing this information!
Posted by Gary & April Greer, Real Estate Professionals (Century 21 Wright) over 10 years ago

Not only was that valuable info, Brad, it was great to see how well worked to present the info.  Much appreciated!

Posted by Jill McTague, DebOnTheWeb & Associates - Medford, MA Real Estate (RE/MAX Andrew Realty Serfvices) over 10 years ago

Hi Brad!  The free conference call will be very helpful as I've been looking for a service like that.  With my style of Flat Fee MLS, it would be great to talk to lots of people at once, and they could have a strategy session to brainstorm ideas for marketing.

I've spent a few hours last night setting up my profile for ActiveRain and found your tutorials most helpful.  Thanks for your advice!

By the way, can you tell me why my pic isn't showing up on the comments I leave?

Posted by Aaron Hoffman, FSBO Marketer and Strategist (Florida Homes Realty & Mortgage) over 10 years ago

Thank you Brad!   Can't wait to spend some time on each of these sites!  You are a wealth of information and greatly appreciated.


Posted by Debbie Rumsey, Realtor, Green, SFR (HomeSmart Realty West, Carlsbad, CA) over 10 years ago
The Real Estate Tomato is actually having a seminar on Oct 9 called Facebook for Real Estate that I was thinking about taking this week, as I am sure there are some things I am not taking advantage of as well. Here is the info-
Posted by Sara Bonert, Real Estate Internet Marketing (Zillow) over 10 years ago
What a treasure chest of info, Thanks sooooooo Much!!!
Posted by Dianne Hicks (Realty ONE Group) over 10 years ago
Brad - as always...I have learned something new from reading your posts. Thanks for sharing so much!
Posted by Lori Mode, Real Estate Made Simple (Keller Williams Realty - Elk Grove, CA Homes for Sale) over 10 years ago

Good list and good tools.  I use a lot of them already.  If it is for free it is for me!

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Good list...thank you!   It is always nice to find "free" tools available.

Posted by Lisa Matykiewicz (United Brokers Group) over 10 years ago
Thanks Brad. Another great post to bookmark. Some of these I use already; some I use a competitor; some I hadn't heard about. Isn't it exciting to always have new things to learn?
Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 10 years ago

Hi Brad,

I've found a few free sites that I'll share.  I've started a Monthly Tech Update for some of my Close Realtor Partners, which here are a few of the Free Sites that I've found: You can create your own website and host it for free, or upgrade with a minimal cost.  Upload your video here and it will send it out to at least 2 different video sharing sites (great for viral marketing).  Create video e-mails or video conferencing.  No Downloads (personally, I believe it's better than Skype).  Great tool to send large files over the internet.  Basically, you upload the file to an online storage and it e-mails the recipient with a link to the upload.


Hopefully, you and everyone else find these helpful.


Best wishes,

Mike Bjork


Posted by Mike Bjork (Pinnacle Home Loan) over 10 years ago

I use many of these sites, but there are a few I've never heard of. 200 sites would be overwhelming for the list builder as well as the reader. This list is just right. Thanks!

Posted by Michelle Minch, Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA (Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA) over 10 years ago


FREE. I'm interested. Just quickly went through it and there are plenty of terrific ones. Need to set aside some time to really dig into them. Thanx.

Posted by Esko Kiuru over 10 years ago
Great List! Thanks for sharing.
Posted by J.T. Thomas (American Horizon Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Thanks for this great list of tools Brad. Excellent really.

Posted by Suma Kakani (Northern IL Realtor - Keller Williams Success Realty) over 10 years ago

Hey Brad, thanks for keeping us up todate with the latest and greatest.

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 10 years ago

Bookmarked!!!  I'll add this to my weekly reading/investigation assignment.  Whew....I can't keep up!

Posted by Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL (RE/MAX Professionals) over 10 years ago

Great site! I signed up for some of the tools you recommended! I love new technology

Posted by Sandy McAlpine, Search Lake Norman Homes For Sale - Lake Norman NC (RE/MAX EXECUTIVE) over 10 years ago

Somehow I'm disappointed when a post is simply a video. I'd love to have a list that I can actually refer back to.  I'll have to come back later to watch the video unless you'd kindly enumerate the items mentioned!

Posted by Jenny Durling, For Los Angeles real estate help 213-215-4758 (L.A. Property Solutions) over 10 years ago

Thanks Brad.  I wish I could be in Seattle tomorrow.  Have a great time.

Posted by Fran Gatti, Managing Principal Broker - RE/MAX Integrity (RE/MAX Integrity) over 10 years ago

Thanks for all the great new sites/tools to explore!  I really appreciate it!

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Posted by Don Anthony, Charlotte & Triangle NC Discount Realtor (Don Anthony Realty ~ over 10 years ago

Brad, Thanks for all the sites and tools to check out.  I only knew of 4 of them!  I cannot imagine wanting to look at a list of 200.  It may take me a year to have time start using all of these.

Posted by Jirius Isaac, Real Estate & loans in Kenmore, WA (Isaac Real Estate &TriStar Mortgage) over 10 years ago

Sharing the information is amazing. The thoughtful way in which you present it and one can feel your true concern and your honest care is just remarkable. Thank you, Brad, with the most gratitude!

Posted by Elayna Fernandez, BE Positive and You'll BE Powerful! (The Positive Mom) over 10 years ago

There are a lot of these that I haven't heard of. If you could only pick five, which ones would they be?

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) over 10 years ago

Jenny - this isactually a slideshow, not a video. Each page of the slide show has a link to each site. You can also download this list from, there is a link up in the post.  Last year I did do a list, but this year I needed it for a presentation, that's why I used this format instead.

John - that would be tough, I don't think I could!  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

Thank you, thank you, thank you! The hard thing I find is choosing the right tools. I love slide share.

Posted by Barbara Heil-Sonneck, Home Staging Atlanta (Design2Sell) over 10 years ago

This is certainly a breath of fresh air considering all the expenses now days in Real Estate.  Thanks for taking the time to compile a list for us!

Posted by Tony Hager, Broker (United Realty Texas) over 10 years ago

Perfect. Thanks for the info, several sites I had not seen.


Posted by Richard Byron Smith, NMLS #184479, Mortgage Loan Officer (Mortgage Loan Officer, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation NMLS #2289) over 10 years ago

Thanks!  That was a great reminder to re-visit some of the things i had put off investigating.  There were quite a few i'd forgotten about so thanks for the reminder!

Posted by Justin Dibbs, REALTOR® - Ashburn Virginia Homes for Sale (Pearson Smith Realty) over 10 years ago

Can't wait to review your list of tools, and thanks for adding info on how to use.

Posted by Tina Gleisner, Home Tips for Women (Home Tips for Women) over 10 years ago

Thanks for the help yesterday Brad. They got my Hit Router up and running.

Posted by Mark Velasco, Listing Agent-Whittier & Surrounding ciities (Sharpstone Realty, Inc) over 10 years ago

Brad, once again thanks for sharing and always looking out for ways for us to save money. I am grateful I found Activerain and I'm glad you did also, because with all the freebies you and other Activerain members have shared with me over the past 2 and 1/2 years, I'm guessing I've probably saved close to $100,000!

Todd Clark -

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 10 years ago

Brad, wow, what a collection.  I'm glad I have my AR toolbox.  With all of these new tools, I can't think of a better place to use them!  LOL.

Thanks again for all of your suggestions.

Posted by Ken Speer (Alpha Global Associates) over 10 years ago
Thanks Brad for the great posts... and I also love those comments that have been left. VERY help. I am a sales manager and I'm looking forward to sharing these with my associates.
Posted by Jinx Cole (Crye-Leike) over 10 years ago

Hey Brad hope you are well. I will have to check out your list when I get a minute. I have been buried which is great!

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 10 years ago

holy cow... this is a treasure trove of information..thank you :)

Posted by Konnie Mac McCarthy, Broker/Owner - VA & MD "Time To Get A Move On!" (MacNificent Properties, LLC) over 10 years ago

This is awesome Brad!  Thanks for the post!!

Posted by Gregory Hall (Shore Media Solutions) over 10 years ago

Glad you enjoyed it Konnie and Gregory, I hope it will help your business, even if in just some small way.  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

Good deal, the day after raincamp I was sitting at my computer exploring these new free tools totally awesome.

Regarding Tubemoguel that mike mentioned, I had some problems with it not wanting to mass upload to all the video hosting services like youtube, vimeo, viddler etc. So go try it out and let me know if it is working for you guys.

Someone mentioned this at raincamp and said they would post it and haven't seen it yet.

GIMP: Free version of Adobe Photo shop, there is a learning curve, yes there a manual online, just google it and down load. Works great.



Posted by Chris Penner, Real Estate Consultant - Keller Williams Valley Realty (Serving Abbotsford, Chilliwack, and the Fraser Valley) over 10 years ago

Chris - I have used tubemogul, but don't frequently.  I scatter my videos around on viddler, vimeo, wellcomeMatt and Youtube etc, but mostly youtube. Thanks for the Photo Shop tip, I remember someone mentioning that during this presentation, I'll be checking that one out for sure.

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

Lots of valuable information here. I have bookmarked it for later use. Thanks for sharing with us! Love technology

Posted by Ginger Moore (Wilkinson & Associates Realty) over 10 years ago