I am interested in easy real estate websites. Which companies do you prefer, why and how much do they typically charge?

Asked by nishahoo, California Wed Jan 2, 2013

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MJ Olsen, Agent, Rockport, TX
Sun Jan 6, 2013
There are some good suggestions here. Here is one that is a little different. Do a search of agents that are top realtors in your area. Go to their website. There is a reason they have the website they use. Then go that hosting website...the name of the website is usually at the bottom of the page. You can then review price to value of the website. Sometimes, its not always about price...but the ease of your ability to actually work the website. Good Luck...
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Judi Monday,…, Agent, Green Valley, AZ
Sun Jan 6, 2013
MJ--excellent suggestion. I did that when deciding what to use but also talked to one of my CRS instructors who advised me to check out Real Pro. Here's one issue to be aware of-- some of the top agents are there because they've been around so long that they now have a steady flow of referral business and not because of their ability to attract new business via internet exposure. I started with a top agent and if I had followed what she was using I wouldn't be in her spot today. You really want to find someone who within the last 5 years or so has managed to make their way into one of the top spots in their market--odds are they have done it with a website that stands out and is highly ranked in the google search engines.
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Annette Law…, Agent, Palm Harbor, FL
Sun Jan 6, 2013
MJ...excellent suggestion.
I have found it incredible the willingness of these top agents to share their experience and the benefits of the choices they make. Give these agents a call to determine how the site is maintained and the hours required.
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Vincent Paige…, Agent, Orlando, FL
Sat Jan 5, 2013
Annette,

I have gotten so many quality leads from my site, i really am sorry some people's marketing plan, or experience with Agent Image, has not worked out. My site paid for itself 4 years ago, so i wish the best of luck to everyone.

VP
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Annette Law…, Agent, Palm Harbor, FL
Sat Jan 5, 2013
@Vincent
Where there is smoke there is fire. It may be possible for a leopard to change it's spots...but 247 responses say there was a real issue with Agent Image.
http://www.trulia.com/voices/Agent2Agent/Any_opinions_on_Age…
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The last five entries and the 15 TU they have received suggest AI has had a wake up call OR they become PROACTIVE in the review process. And that is a smart, strategic option.
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With SO MANY exceptional options, why buy a ticket on the newly refurbished Titantic?
Who will you blame when you get wet?
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haha... love it - "the newly reburbished Titantic"!!!!
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Judi Monday,…, Agent, Green Valley, AZ
Fri Jan 4, 2013
Real Pro. Why? I like the fact that depending on the level you choose you can get in addition to a easy to use and personalize website, you get 2 stealth sites (one for buyers; one for sellers--AND they work!); lead management with drip campaign that is all integrated; built-in blog; optimized SEO, Facebook biz page and mobile app. For cost information go to the attached link.
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Vincent Paige…, Agent, Orlando, FL
Fri Jan 4, 2013
Annette,
Why so against Agent Image?
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Annette Law…, Agent, Palm Harbor, FL
Fri Jan 4, 2013
Avoid Agent Image. Review the Truila thread. Why take the risk.
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You mention you want a website for exhibiting your inventory, your listings, your words. I'm sure you want to also allow site visitors to search for homes for sale, within the environment of your branded website, RIGHT? Of course you do.
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#1. What does your broker or brand provide?
Remax not only allows their agents a site on Remax.com but the broker provides a 'localized' website also. You need to truly understand the purpose of sites like this. I mean from a consumer point of view, not from an agent point of view.
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#2. What are the resources provided by your local MLS? You may already have a website of which you are unaware.
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#3. Explore resources (via your MLS) such as Listingbook or Kurio for mobile service.
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Your profile lacks any identification regarding if you are a licensed agent or any affiliation with a brokerage and of course if you even have access to the MLS. This failure to disclose should send up a few red flags. Maybe you will invest a minute or two to fix this.
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#4. Then there are low cost templated providers such as iHOuse that offer great value.
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#5, If you have more money than sense, there or the custom built "tricked out" sites that allow the site owner to say, "Look what I've got!"
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What is essential is truly understanding what you are wanting to accomplish. What is most effective? Who am I trying to reach? What do I expect them to do? How will they find me? (There are unlimited option regarding 'how will they find me," don't be fooled) A proper evaluation will result in the revelation that what you truly need is quite simple indeed.
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It is highly likely you already have, actually own, what you really need. The only additional asset will be buying a few ULRs.
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DO NOT SPEND ANY MONEY ON ANY ASSET FOR WHICH YOU DO NOT OWN THE URL!
small hint: this may be the place to start.
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Spending does not assure success. Good strategy plus character does.
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Best of success to you,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL
727.420.4041
http://RealEstateMadeEZ.us
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inna ivchenko, Agent, Calabasas, CA
Fri Jan 4, 2013
do we talk about websites or blogging platforms?
I believe, you must create your own website( keep it simple with Wordpress or any , just get your name out there, like a business card, when you have a bigger budget you can add bells and whistles( no limit to those these days:).
For blogs I prefer Trulia and Active Rain( my profile: http://activerain.com/investbuysellla). Let me know if you are not there yet, I would be happy to send you an invitation,
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Scott Miller, Agent, Boca Raton, FL
Thu Jan 3, 2013
Hi again, Nish.

AVOID Realtor.com like the plague. I wouldn't pay them $25/month to be on their site. Simply the worst.

Scott
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for the record - I get a number of leads from Realtor.com from my listings, and have sold several high priced homes as a result. Fortunately, for me, my company pays for us to enhance our listings, so it costs me nothing.
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nishahoo, , California
Thu Jan 3, 2013
Thanks so much guys! You've given me a lot to look into... I guess I've got my work cut out for me. One last question, is there any service you think I should avoid? I don't want to waste time!

Kieran- I'm definitely looking more for something to get my listings to those sites, but thanks for the input anyway!
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Kieran Dwyer, Agent, yonkers, NY
Thu Jan 3, 2013
There are plenty of great websites like trulia.com, zillow, redfin and realtor.com. There are many search engines that you can locate via the internet.
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Vincent Paige…, Agent, Orlando, FL
Thu Jan 3, 2013
Agent Image. or a Word Press site, there are plus and minuses to both. do so research and move slowly, uncover month expenses!!
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Annette Law…, Agent, Palm Harbor, FL
Thu Jan 3, 2013
Wordpress is the most economical (free) and easy to setup. (got one)
Just as Scott reported, Point2.com is an excellent place to start. The peer-to-peer concept (permission based, you exclude who you wish to not do business with) and selective syndication not only brings significant value to the services you offer, but protect the integrity of your IP. The only complaint regarding Point2 is they do resort to nickle and dime add-ons. . I have not used ANY of the add on services.

Best of success to you,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL
727.420.4041
http://RealEstateMadeEZ.us
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Scott Miller, Agent, Boca Raton, FL
Thu Jan 3, 2013
Hi Nish.

I got the best results from http://www.point2.com/products/point2agent/

They are not expensive and the leads were good. I didn't like the amount of time it took to enter each listing, but it was still worth it in my opinion.

GOOD LUCK.

Scott Miller
Realty Associates
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Cindy Davis, Agent, San Diego, CA
Wed Jan 2, 2013
I think the best answer comes down to price. Superlative offers a good, low cost site. I've also used Diverse Solutions and Virtual Results.

I encourage you to do your homework....'easy' is a relative term so I encourage you to keep researcying the vendors out there.

Best of luck.
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Thank you for your suggestions, Cindy. Superlative doesn't seem to have much pricing info on their site... any ballparks? By easy, I guess I just mean something that I can manage myself and get leads from, without having to write code :)
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