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Jeanna Foley, Real Estate Pro in 30643

What web-site company gives you the best value for your money and why? Just had a very long conversation with Z57 ????

Asked by Jeanna Foley, 30643 Tue May 11, 2010

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Rather than asking which website provider gives you the best value for your money, it's best to decide what exactly you're looking for.

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.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue May 11, 2010
Hi Jeanna,

Try this company: http://higherimages.com/

Ask for Bryan and tell him I sent you.

Most companies want to dazzle you with how many pages they give you on your site. Really, all that's important is making your phone ring. This company is doing another site for me and they're fantastic. Check them out.

GOOD LUCK!!

Scott Miller, Realtor®
Estate Specialist
Commercial RE
Business Broker
Realty Associates
561.716.4060 direct
561.451.9377 fax
http://www.trulia.com/profile/scottmiller/
http://twitter.com/ScottSellsFL
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue May 11, 2010
I like Scott's answer - the purpose of a web site, and of all marketing, is to get you face-to-face with qualified prospects. "Cool" features that don't contribute directly to that effort are a waste of money. Some agents are starting to use ListingBook as their primary web site because the agent gets to "hold the prospect's hand" as they search the MLS (you can see my ListingBook page by clicking the link below). ListingBook isn't available everywhere yet because it needs to have a contract with the local MLS for all the features to work. I expect other web site providers to emulate ListingBook's search management features soon.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 28, 2010
I have Point2Agent for years and love it. Reasonably priced, lots of syndication which is a must, drip program too. From $15 to $50 per month. No set up fee. Virtual tours and classes on line etc.
I will say that many of my Realtor friends like Real Pro. Good luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 12, 2010
Jeanna,
If I decided to switch I would try Real Estate Web Masters. They are on the higher end but from what I have seen them do I have been amazed. I hope to switch soon!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 12, 2010
Jeanna, too often real estate professionals buy the T-shirt and don't run the race. They fall prey to the notion that there is a substitute for the pain and sweat required to become exceedingly proficeint at their task. In this case, YOU must become proficient in understanding YOUR marketing concept. How are quality leads for your real estate business generated? How does your marketing plan and this website generate leads?

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.
Annette Lawrence
ReMax ACR Elite Group, Inc
727. 420. 4041
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 11, 2010
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