Do you want a pre-made all-in-one website, or do you want to have the ability to customize? Will you be customizing on your own, or having the website provider do it for you? What about adding content - will you add your own, or would you rather pay someone else to do this for you? Also consider contact management and IDX (MLS) services.
Also, ask who will have ownership of your domain name. Some website providers will demand that you transfer ownership to them, which holds you captive to their services. Your domain name is one of your most important assets, so don't give it away.
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The real question to ask is, "What role will your website be filling in your overall market and lead generation strategy?" If you determine it is primarily for validation you will find your CB web site will do just fine.
How are citizens going to find your website? You will need to spend time and/or money to get citizens onto a website from which they can choose to do business with you. Without real understanding of real estate consumer patterns, you will end up with a traditional real estate agent website which is a waste of money.
Does this strategy of website based marketing make sense based on what you observe taking place in the real estate market today? If you've been paying attention, the answer is, "No, agent websites are not the most effective tool for lead generation today."
Now, review the real tools agents use to capture business and spend your money on those four things. URLs, adwords, landing pages and transponders. With these tools you select the client with whom you want to work, not chasing internet vapors hoping to snag a scrap.
There are many FREE or nearly no cost options for agent websites. Word Press is a great free option and Point2Agent is an excellent low cost option.
Here's wishing you the most success with your decision.
ReMax ACR Elite Group, Inc
727. 420. 4041