I think first and foremost a buyer/seller should interview several Realtors to get a feel of how they may or may not work together. The consumer should be aware that not all licensee's are created equal! They definitely want a Realtor in there corner. Someone they feel comfortable with and can ask questions to without feeling embarrassed or uncomfortable. Someone who will be attentive and work hard on their behalf. Someone that gets it done.
When new agents are mentored throughout the process by an amazing broker, surrounded by an A-Team of Affiliates... success is inevitable!!... more
Sites like Trulia and Zillow will definitely get you more leads than a personal website (in my opinion), just because the name recognition and they rank on page 1 for almost every keyword and address a consumer may type in. Plus, they are know for things like the blogs and Q&A so you also get organic leads if you don't pay for advertising.
Depending on your firm, your company site may be more productive than your personal site. I think it just depends on the route each consumer takes and how much weight the brand of your company carries (boutique firm vs powerhouse).
I do think having a personal website is important either way. People may contact you via other sites, but that doesn't necessarily mean they didn't visit your personal site to vet you.... more
Surprisingly, I still have the same opinion now, in 2012... Be sure to credit the main source of your content with a follwed link and focus your efforts there.
@Bill FYI, This question is from 2009. I noticed that you are using WordPress with the AgentPress theme and the Diverse Solutions IDX plugin, I have looked into this exact setup for various agents and am curious what you think of it? Also, just a small friendly tip, I would check into improving your page load speeds, Google factors the speed into the algo now and it took about 5 seconds to load each page.... more
The percentage increase in condo sale prices in North Conway is a number you could get from a local Realtor. But condos in North Conway span quite an array of dwellings, from smallish time-shares to quarter shares, to half shares to the generally appealing full ownership of a 2-4 bedroom row house to free standing homes in a Condo development. So if you want numbers that are solid, you should compare apples with apples--and not all condos against all condos over a 5 year period.
Also, and just because I have been doing this for a long time, I recall there was a time you couldn't give condos away. And so the pricing at that point would be artificially low--i.e. would not represent even what the replacement cost would have been. My recollection is that the condo debacle was from 1989 through perhaps 1997. Meaning that the increase in value you will see from 1997-2002--which will certainly be impressive--may NOT reflect the same growth in appeal or in value that houses experienced, but will be a rapid return to normalcy.