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Jon Klaus Moderator Donor

Real Estate Investor from Garland, Texas

Dec 20 '12, 01:49 PM
3 votes


I think this is a great new feature.

http://www.biggerpockets.com/forums/25/topics/80292-bp-update-73-launch-of-the-biggerpockets-forums-keyword-alert-system

I've just started using it and have put in about 20 key word alerts.

I've put in a number of cities that interest me, including Dallas and Austin.

I've put in a few variations of SD-IRA searches. Also Equity Trust, my current custodian.

I've put in my name with a couple of variations.

I've entered "new home construction."

If you've got a company, you should enter it now so you can track feedback and get leads.

How will you use key word alerts?



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Jon Klaus Moderator Donor

Real Estate Investor from Garland, Texas

Dec 20 '12, 02:32 PM
1 vote


I just got my first alert via email. The alert was on my name.



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Brandon Turner Verified

Real Estate Investor from Montesano, Washington

Dec 20 '12, 05:30 PM
2 votes


I've got it set for "Hello" so I can meet new people, (they usually say hello!) and also for "multifamily" "multi family" "multi-family" and my name, plus a few more.



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James Vermillion Donor

Real Estate Investor from Lexington, Kentucky

Dec 21 '12, 05:46 AM
1 vote


I set up the alert system with several keywords:

- Real estate strategies I am interested or feel I can help contribute to: rehabbing, flipping, etc.
- Groups of people I can relate to and contribute to: Veterans, military, young investors, etc.
- Phrases to alert me to welcome new members: new member, hello, etc.

I like the idea of adding my name as well as my location...off to do that now.



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Kyle Zaylor

Real Estate Investor from Oakland, California

Dec 21 '12, 06:50 AM
1 vote


I'm always hoping I don't miss anything in my home market (St. Louis) and in development. Fantastic new feature!

Brandon, good call on "hello" as well.



Brandon Turner Verified

Real Estate Investor from Montesano, Washington

Dec 22 '12, 09:09 AM
1 vote


Thanks @Kyle Zaylor. I'm also adding "Washington," "WA," and "Minnesota" so I can monitor my home areas and my old hometown. :)



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Brandon Turner Verified

Real Estate Investor from Montesano, Washington

Dec 22 '12, 10:37 PM
1 vote


And @James Vermillion - Good idea on the Military keywords!



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Daniel Fisher

SFR Investor from Atglen, Pennsylvania

Dec 23 '12, 08:04 PM


I'm using my state fully spelled out. But I do wish I could also use the initials "PA". Seems like we need to use at least 4 letters to make a keyword.



Jason Grote

Rehabber from Austin, Texas

Dec 23 '12, 08:24 PM
1 vote


After reading this very helpful post because I have little imagination, I put in my name and all of the cities around me. I can now be nosy as to who is talking about my area ;)



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Tracy Royce

Foreclosure Specialist from Scottsdale, Arizona

Dec 23 '12, 09:35 PM
1 vote


Great forum, I've been thinking about what to add. Thought the keyword system to be a great app (so to speak) but wasn't feeling particularly creative (@Jason Grote) as well. Thanks for the thread!



Justin McClelland

Wholesaler from Houston, Texas

Dec 24 '12, 01:40 AM
1 vote


This keyword function is the single feature that brought me back to BP after quite the hiatus. Saves a ton of time. I would list what my alerts are, but I don't want to receive an email about them all. Perhaps, I'lll mask them. Cash Buy*r, Yellow Lett*r, just to name a few.



Joshua Dorkin Verified Donor

BiggerPockets Founder from Denver, Colorado

Dec 24 '12, 08:08 AM
1 vote


Well, it is great to have yo back, Justin. I actually thought you were out of the game.

Daniel - do you think allowing shorter keyworks would be beneficial?

Keep the Gretchen suggestions coming!



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Daniel Fisher

SFR Investor from Atglen, Pennsylvania

Dec 24 '12, 06:25 PM


Originally posted by Joshua Dorkin:
Daniel - do you think allowing shorter keyworks would be beneficial?

Yes I do. I am in a fairly rural area and travel about a 15 mile radius from where I live (which encompasses almost 30 different towns) for my local farm. Therefore a simple "PA" keyword would be better than than the 30 town names.



Joshua Dorkin Verified Donor

BiggerPockets Founder from Denver, Colorado

Dec 24 '12, 07:59 PM
3 votes


We're going to see what we can do. I'm seeing the value in 3 letter keywords and now understand why a 2 letter keyword makes sense as well. Thanks Daniel. Give us the week off and we'll see what magic we can whip up next week.



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Joshua Dorkin Verified Donor

BiggerPockets Founder from Denver, Colorado

Dec 29 '12, 02:30 PM


Are there any other creative ways people have come up to use the alert system?



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Sharon R.

Coalinga, California

Dec 29 '12, 04:13 PM
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Joshua - I wish I could answer your 2:30 post, but I am still in awe of this site-this forum for RE! The keyword alert is great - somehow I actually found it and entered some words. I am still learning still tho' - what is DONOR or Dashboard? I can see I won't get much done around the house - no more free time after I found this.



James Vermillion Donor

Real Estate Investor from Lexington, Kentucky

Dec 29 '12, 07:45 PM


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Edited Dec 29 2012, 20:03 by Administrator


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Nick J.

Real Estate Investor from Scottsdale, Arizona

Dec 30 '12, 04:01 AM


Anyway of reducing the amount of emails I get for keywords for the same thread.

What's happening is every time someone is quoting a recent comment in a thread that has the specific keyword, I'm getting a new email. The person replying to the comment he or she has quoted has not typed the keyword though. For instance: http://www.biggerpockets.com/forums/311/topics/80657-my-current-plan-to-investing-first-time?page=1#p483277

If you'll notice, the OP is quoted several times and in that quote, the keyword 'Phoenix'. I'm getting multiple emails for the same thread.

edit: I know you can opt out of the email notifications but I'd like to still get them, just not as many I guess.



Ann Bellamy Verified

Real Estate Lender from Tyngsboro, Massachusetts

Dec 30 '12, 04:47 AM


I use it for topics where I think I might have input, such as hard or private lending, real estate clubs, landlording, etc.

I also would like a two letter keyword so we can be notified by state abbreviation.



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Joshua Dorkin Verified Donor

BiggerPockets Founder from Denver, Colorado

Dec 30 '12, 07:56 AM


Sorry Nick . . . that's going to be a difficult request. If you're getting too many emails for a specific request, make the request more specific. E.g. instead of Phoenix, try "Phoenix rehabs" or "Phoenix homes"

That won't solve the problem of quoted text, but it may alleviate the number of emails you get.



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