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SKYPE...SKYPE, BABY! On WKYT TV NEWS With Sam Dick

SKYPE... SKYPE, BABY! On WKYT TV NEWS With Sam Dick

Skype used for business in Lizette Realty. Lizette Fitzpatrick uses Skype daily to connect clients and consultants to discuss and view real estate in Central Kentucky.My handyman calls me "Primetime" as a nickname now. He is teasing me about WKYT TV being at my home office to film a news segment on using Skype for my Lizette Realty business in Central Kentucky.

News Anchor, Sam Dick contacted me earlier in the month after he had Googled "Skype Kentucky "and came across an Activerain post I had written on using Skype in my business.

I use Skype's Internet phone service to call out of state clients and I love the video conferencing with other Skype users. I no longer have a dedicated home phone line. I cut the cord to save $500 a year. I only pay $29.95 a year for Skype.

Skype used for business in Lizette Realty. Lizette Fitzpatrick uses Skype daily to connect clients and consultants to discuss and view real estate in Central Kentucky.

This has really been great to use for business in Lizette Realty.

I see clients or consultants and they can see me. I can show them houses, pictures and documents.   

After numerous emails and phone calls, Sam arrived with a cameraman to film me using Skype.

I figured it would be a good time to get my office clean and clear off my desk!

Now I can't find anything! LOL

The WKYT TV News segment is scheduled to be aired on April 1st at 5PM.

I will come back to update this if this changes. I hope it's not an April Fool's joke! 

       

Lizette Realty Lizette Fitzpatrick

Lizette FitzpatrickPrincipal Broker at Lizette Realty.

#1 featured Kentucky Realtor on Activerain.com and Localism.com.

Publisher/Author for the only Central Kentucky email newsletter on local real estate listings and sold properties, Kentucky relocation, local events, homeowner information and fun!

For more information on Lizette, Kentucky Horse Farms, Lizette Realty, Madison County, Fayette County, Richmond or Lexington KY real estate 

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See for yourself what Lizette's extraordinary clients have to say about their Kentucky Real Estate experience. Copyright © 2009 By Lizette Fitzpatrick, All Rights Reserved*SKYPE... SKYPE, BABY! On WKYT TV NEWS With Sam Dick*

Comment balloon 60 commentsLizette Fitzpatrick • March 30 2009 09:48AM

Comments

Lizette--Will you remember your friends when you become famous? Congrats on the additional exposure for your business! :)

Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) over 9 years ago

Sounds really cool. I have heard of Skype before and have witnessed it but I have yet to take the leap to dabble into it myself. Today seems like a good day.

Posted by David Width Jr. over 9 years ago

Teri! You are sooo funny! I could never part with my friends! Now I can see them when I talk on the phone!

David - It's a good day for you to try something new! Good luck!

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 9 years ago

Great idea-- I will add it to my tool box of tricks

Posted by Eric Reid (Renaissance Realty Group of Keller Williams Atlanta Partners) over 9 years ago

How exciting!  I just signed up for Skype and I still need to learn more about it.  Apparently there is a lot more to it than I realize.....I will check out your posts and see what I can find out.

Posted by Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL (RE/MAX Advantage South) over 9 years ago

Wow... I feel I am in the stone age with my "Thow a rock with a postcard" through  the window mentality...

Very nice, I like the Skype thing!

Posted by Luke Constantino, Residential/Commercial Real Estate Brooklyn NY (Brooklyn/Manhattan Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Lizette, is there anyway you can steal get a copy of the tape on here for us to see it. If you do not know how put it in your post, let me know and I will guide you on how to post here.

                                                                     ~ Life is Good

Posted by Roy A. Peterson, P.R.E.I. (Domicile Analysis of Texas) over 9 years ago

Been using skypw for years. one of the best values in voip.

 

thanks

tony

Posted by Tony Grego, 317-663-4173 #1 Trade Association for Alternative Inv (REISA - 317-663-4173) over 9 years ago

Hi Lizette,

How cool is that, you are a star! :)

Posted by Suzanne Sands, Somerset MA Real Estate (Pavao Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Lizette: You're not foolin' us are you?  That date is April Fools Day. :)

Posted by Kat DeLong, Realtor DRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate ( (Wheeler Steffen Sotheby's Int. Realty) over 9 years ago

I use Skype all the time for personal communication (great way to see the grandkids or my daughter, who lives in Texas), but I haven't found many consumers who are "up" to trying it.  I definately think it's a tool which will become just as common place as computers in the near future.

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) over 9 years ago

I think "PrimeTime" is a GREAT nickname! I have checked into Skype and a local business friend uses it, but perhaps it deserves a little more attention on my list of stuff to do. Thanks!

Posted by Lisa VonBargen, Estes Park Real Estate Photographer (Photography7522) over 9 years ago

Lizette,

My wife and I have been playing with Skype as a video phone for about 3 weeks. Every one with high speed Internet should get an account, they're free if you're only calling Skype users. We use Magicjack for our "land line" ($20 / year) and Skype for video calls. Free accounts don't get a number you use your e-mail address instead. We're learning and enjoying it.

Bill

wja@reii.org

Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) over 9 years ago
I was also utilizing Skype almost exclusively. I loved it until I downloaded the most recent upgrade. I have had nothing but problems. I want the old Skype back. :-) I am happy that it works well for you. Awesome.
Posted by Connor T. MacIvor, SCVnest.com - (888)SCVnest (RE/MAX of Valencia CA - Paris911) over 9 years ago

Hi Lizette: I just wanted to clarify one thing.  In your post you stated that you pay $29.95 for Skype.  Some readers will assume that is a monthly fee when in fact that is the YEARLY FEE - yes that is only $2.50 per month with all your long distance included!  My Skype id is nationalcreditfixers!

:)

Posted by Matt Listro, Your Credit Repair Expert (National Credit Fixers - Matt Listro) over 9 years ago

Eric - It will work well in your box of tricks!

Ann - Good for you. let me know how you like it.

Luke - If you decide to use Skype you will see how easy it is to use.

Roy - I should be receiving a tape of the show. I might be calling you for help! LOL

Tony - That's great! Don't you just love it?

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 9 years ago

Lizette - Congrats on the tv interview. Pretty cool! Are you going to post any of this on A/R? Just curious.

Posted by Robert Hammerstein, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Keller Williams Valley Realty) over 9 years ago

Congratulations /. .your business will flourish with innovative tools such as Skype

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) over 9 years ago

Suzanne - Yes! I think it's pretty cool! Girl...you are the star!

Kat- I hope it's not a joke! LOL

Margaret- I think the Oprah show is doing a great job in promoting Skype and it will make it more mainstream. There was also a new video phone featured as a task on Donald trump's Celebrity Apprentice. I bet he bought stock or the company.

Lisa - We all give each other nicknames around here. It's quite a joke. Hope you try Skye soon!

Bill- I tried using Magic Jack but it wold not work correctly if you use an aircard instead of a DSL line. I sent it back. I love my Sprint aircard and don't use a home DSL line anymore. Thus ...more savings!

Connor - I was using the 3.8 version then switched prior to 4.0 before filming. No problems so far.

Matt - Thanks for pointing that out. I went back to change it.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 9 years ago

Robert - Yes, I plan to...unless i look bad! LOL

Fernando - I think so too. Don't you just love all the technology we have at our fingertips to help clients?

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 9 years ago

I use Skype all the time for years now and have blogged about it. If you have cut the phone line, what do you do for fax?

I did cut the dedicated fax line. It is not used nearly as much as I used to use it. A lot of waht we used to fax is now done on line.

Posted by Norma Brandsberg (Marks Realty Co. Inc., Lynchburg, VA, 540-586-9496) over 9 years ago

You're clearly a 21st Century marketer!    Am going to check out all your links.    Appreciated these tips.

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) over 9 years ago

Hi Lizette~ Way to go girl!  How exciting is that?  I have skype but very rarely use it as my clients don't seem to prefer it. I guess western Ky is a lot different than central Ky where you are.

Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) over 9 years ago

hmmmmmmmm, guess I will have to Google this and find it what the heck all the fuss is.  Surprsingly it sounds real cheap.

Posted by Brien Berard, Maryland Real Estate Agents - Laurel Real Estate (Remax Professionals Laurel MD) over 9 years ago

Lizette ~ Congratulations on your success using Skype and saving money as well. I use Skype to talk to my relatives across the country. I need to start using it for work as well. I will  be looking  for your "prime-time" news segment and see what I am missing!

Posted by Terrie Leighton, Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno (Ferrari-Lund Real Estate ) over 9 years ago

Lizette,

What a great way to get some free promotion!  I'm looking forward to an update.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 9 years ago

Lizette,

That's great, congratulations!

I have only used Skype on a handful of occasions but I have found it to be a good tool.

Posted by Mark MacKenzie over 9 years ago

That is awesome. Congratulations on this.

Exposure Exposure Exposure...

Posted by Ryan Servatius, Waterfront Communities (Century 21 Affilaited) over 9 years ago

You mean.... Your office isn't always that tidy?

Go figure

Posted by Tom Burris, Texas/Louisiana Mortgage Pro - 13 YRS Experience (NMLS# 335055) over 9 years ago

Lizette, Hope the instant celebrity status don't go to you head. LOL, but I do know you will get massive business because of this, Make sure you save a video of this, post it on youtube, tubemogul etc... and use the video to promote yourself to your clients!

Posted by Sonny Kwan, 206-819-8228 (Quantum Group Commercial - Residential - Lease Seattle, WA ) over 9 years ago

Never thought to use skype for this.  I've been meaning to try it and your blog just gave me the needed push.  Hope the video gets posted here.

Posted by Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528, Real Estate Salesperson (Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956) over 9 years ago

Primetime, indeed!  Great job on the TV spot!  I use Skype for staying in touch with relatives, but have not incorporated it into my business plan yet... 

Posted by JB Brookman, High School Senior Portrait Photographer (JB Brookman Photography) over 9 years ago

Yea, I knew this was coming am so glad you shared it. The power of blogging the long tail. We need to chat one night on Skype, I haven't been on in awhile so hit me up.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 9 years ago

Hey Lizette ~ Congratulations on the FREE press and for being a Skype pioneer!

Posted by Bobby Wallace, Sell Your Vacant Land The Hassle Free Way! (Vacant Land Solutions) over 9 years ago

Right on. I have been skyped into investor meetings in California while sitting at my office. Skype not only saves money on phone cost, I love the video feature. Try this idea, if your sellers don't have a web cam give them one and have Skype meetings with your sellers. It's green to not use gas! 

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTORĀ® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) over 9 years ago

Newsletters, radio, and now TV.   When's the book deal coming out?    Remember I want an interview for your  mgr.

 

 

Posted by Connie King over 9 years ago

I'm completely hooked! You had me at TV! I would love to get into radio and Skype. I just haven't arrived their yet on my journey - but I'm working on it. Congratulations! Your posts are so much fun to read. When you become famous (well, I think you are already), throw a shout out to all us 'rainers! Have you been booked on Letterman yet? Cheers...

Amy's Sweet Signature

Posted by Amy Zender, Luxe Gal (eXp Realty | Luxury Homes) over 9 years ago

Wow! this is another runaway train post!

How did I score two features in one day! Thank you AR gods! 

Thanks to all my friends with ALL THE NICEST COMMENTS AND SUPPORT!

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 9 years ago

Hi Lizette -- Congrats!  How do you make tons of local phone calls? Skype or your cell?  If I used my cell for all my personal/business local calls, it would get very expensive, or does Skype give you free local calling?  I'm trying to figure out the same thing, and you've already done it.  Also, how do you fax? e-Fax totally from the computer?

Posted by Chris Olsen, Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate (Olsen Ziegler Realty) over 9 years ago

Super neat! Thanks for sharing!

 

Alisa Stone Herring, CRS, GRI
Broker/Owner
Stone Real Estate Group LLC
850-596-2456 Cell
www.thebeachpeach.com

"The Georgia Peach that Sells the Beach"

Posted by Alisa Stone Herring, CRS, GRI (Stone Real Estate Group, LLC) over 9 years ago

Skype is also coming out with an app for the iphone tomorrow for free. 

Posted by Chris Sonaggera, Keller Williams Elite, www.BuyInOKC.com over 9 years ago

I must admit I found your last comment funny where you said that you hope its not an  April fools joke.

Congratulation! Good for you.

Posted by Nelya Calev (John L Scott) over 9 years ago

Skype -- something I've got to look into as well.  Sounds like a great tool.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, RealtorĀ®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty, Martha Hilton, Broker) over 9 years ago

Cool but can you actually use that in a office or just a home office. We need more info on how that works. Maybe a post for a later day.

Posted by Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl. (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services ) over 9 years ago

Great info...

Posted by Jean Terry (Keller Williams Realty Spartanburg, S.C.) over 9 years ago

Way to go Lizette! I too am a big fan of Skype.

Posted by AMBER NOBLE GARLAND - Top Real Estate Expert, Property Tax Appeal Specialist & Author, - The Agent You Can Trust To Deliver REAL Results! (Strategic Marketing Expert & Relocation Specialist Serving New Jersey and nationwide!) over 9 years ago

Lizette - I've had skype for about a month now. I use the video calling it is the best talking to family you don't get to see that often.

Posted by Robert Schwabe, Orange Park Real Estate (EXP Realty) over 9 years ago

Lizette: You are going to become the Skype Girl !  Congratulations on al new exposure and new business that will soon come your way from the news clip

Posted by Roland Woodworth, Q Realty - Power In Real Estate (Q Realty) over 9 years ago

Lizette, congrats on being famous now!  I love Skype.  We used it to communicate with our daughter when she was out of the country.  We got to talk, and to see each other at the same time.  What a blessing!  And best of it, it's FREE!!!

Join my new AR group and post your blog at http://activerain.com/groups/virtualoffice

Regina P. Brown

Posted by Regina P. Brown, M.B.A., Broker, Instructor (MBA Broker Consultants) over 9 years ago

Congratulations ma'am on the Feature and on the news segment.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 9 years ago

That is terrific that you got so much publicity.  I just started using skype's video conferencing and really enjoyed it.

Posted by Morgan Evans, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Congrats on the exposure "Primetime"! I used Skype when we first opened our office and I still use it at my home office.

Posted by Darrell Walters (W. Darrell Walters) over 9 years ago

Lizette,

If they happen to put it online, you will have to supply a link to the segment.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Congrats on your success! I'm checking out Skype now.

Posted by Jessica Jones, Destin Sandestin 30-A Real Estate (Sandestin Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Great stuff Lizette, and glad you got the exposure. They say Skype is going to work soon on the iPhone's data network (the WiFi one??). Great way to save money. Great for international calls too.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 9 years ago

Lizette,

I have an unlimited national calling plan and I can call regular phones, but the quauality is not always there. How many times people would tell me that the sound is terrible, howmany times, I had to hang up and then call from a regular phone.

I am not happy with Skype. Hear about Magic Jack, some praise some not, do not really know.

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) over 9 years ago

Been thinking about trying out Skype or magicjack. Thanks for the info.

Posted by Don Anthony, Charlotte & Triangle NC Discount Realtor (Don Anthony Realty ~ www.DonAnthonyRealty.com) over 9 years ago

Hey Lizette, I haven't been around too much and missed this news. Great story and great press! I look forward to seeing the clip.

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing over 9 years ago

Update:

There was a rumor that the segment might get bumped if University of KY announced it's new coach on Wednesday. I think everything is still a "go" because he was announced on Tuesday evening. I have my fingers crossed that it won't be rescheduled.

 

For those of you that were thinking of using Magic Jack, I tried to but it will not work correctly if you use an aircard for your DSL.

My G1 T-Mobile phone has always had the application"iScoot "to access Skype for use away from my computer. I guess the Iphone is catching up! LOL

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 9 years ago

How much fun is that ;-)  I am looking into the new skype for iphone.

Posted by Palm Coast Homes, Palm Coast/Flagler County Real Estate, The Ross/Co (100 Plus Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

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