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Tech Tips in Alabama : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Sep 11, 2012
Ricky James answered:
Craigslist, Shoals House For Sale By Owner on Facebook
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Sat Apr 21, 2012
Alan May answered:
Your best bet is to simply throw the card away... (do everyone a favour and shred it first).... nobody is going to give you advice on how to figure out the name to the number you have. That would be tantamount to telling you how to steal that person's identity and use it for illegal purposes. ... more
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Wed Aug 4, 2010
Sonya Shirley answered:

I saw your question and wondered, if you have found an agent to work with? If you have not I would love to help you find a home my name is Sonya Shirley.
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Tue Jun 23, 2009
W. Todd Hess answered:
I checked Google. There is a 13th Street in Huntsville, but there are no available properties for sale, and I find no sales data for anything on that street in at least 15 years. It is a very short street with very few houses. ... more
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Mon Mar 9, 2009
Patrick Beadle answered:

I would focus on an individual web based CRM program (like SalesForce) as opposed to a software package like ACT or GoldMine. Nothing to maintain, and can have access from anywhere you have a web connection. ... more
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Wed Jul 9, 2008
Jo answered:
Thank you so much for the helpful answers. I lead the Heart of Dixie Real Estate association ( and provide Rent-to-Own houses in the Montgomery, AL, area. In order to provide the best-quality housing for the least amount of money, I need to buy a home and fix it up with a total invested of less than 70% of cma for that house. I define cma as similar homes that sold within the past 6 months within a 1/2 mile radius of that house. For example, I inspected two houses recently:
1. 4031 Gaston Ave, Montgomery 36105. Heavily vandalized, I think it should rent-to-own at $550-600/month after I invest $10,000 in the rehab. Free online sources give a value of $54,000.
2. 110 Kingswood, Prattville. Sitting empty for several years, the house needs paint, carpet and repair of interior doors and walls and external woodwork. I think it should rent-to-own at $750/month after $10,000 in rehab. Online sources give the value at $80,000.
For both of these, my decision to buy will be based on real cma.

As you may know, rental homes only net $150-200/month, whether they are $30,000 homes or $200,000 homes, and that means that there is little room for error when buying homes to market at rent-to-own.
I love to give good commissions to realtors who help me to find homes to buy, or who refer clients to me.

So, this is my situation, and why having an occasional cma from reputable sources will help me to make better decisions.

Thank you.
Jon Gresham
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Mon Jun 2, 2008
Julie answered:
I suppose this answer can answer both questions this one and your neighborhood question. Typically on the search engines when someone is looking for a home it is the home they are looking at not the brand or person selling it. The difference between advertising and marketing is that an ad has an offer. Marketing is so that you are remembered when the consumer is in the market. Marketing yourself will always be more successful long term, having some stumble upon you may at times produce temporary results however filing the pipe line is will be more beneficial long term.

Problem with Real Estate websites branded or not is that they only market to 7% of the population that might buy or sell this year. How many real estate agents in your area? What is 7% of the population?

Marketing means being in front of the consumer consistently, for many reasons in order to have retention you must be in their mind when they are thinking of things other than real estate. The neighborhood web sites allow you to be in the home every day whether they are printing a recipe, kids are playing a game, someone printing off the weather, a local business coupon, posting a classified ad to the community, looking for a baby sitter, or a lost pet. You will be there on every page again and again and again.

According to the demographics of the search engines the top searches are local weather, local news, local schools, local business and phone numbers, local events, local directions, and of course local real estate. Because of the way the search engine works finding real local information is more difficult then it should be but by giving a community an online neighborhood that they can use for all their needs you benefit from the long term of subtle marketing your info and picture at the bottom or side of all pages except in Real Estate where you can shine at the top. If they are using the site for everything else they will use it for Real Estate as well and they will remember you if they go out and search the googles

In addition there is no better listing close when you can say you can do something no other agent can do feature their home in the exclusive online community. EZ Neighbors is exclusive watch the other one they will split an area into north south east and west all using the same community name confusing the residence and making it difficult to be successful with that type of program.
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Mon Jun 2, 2008
Julie answered:

Both companies are trying to capture the real estate market and your dollars. Connecting neighbors charges per number of homes you will end up paying much more for much less. EZ Neighbors has the flexibility to be as hands on as you want but more importantly they back up what they have. With connecting neighbors you have a site with alot of promises that never really come true. EZ Neighbors is more focused on helping you have a successful site rather than how much they can get per home. The best sites seem to focus on smaller communities so that the residents can identify with each other easily. It defeats the program to try to do too large of an area in a single community site.

EZ Neighbors has also recently launched an incredible magazine that is mailed to the homeowners in a community, that you dont pay for but you get all the benefit and credit for it. The magazine is just one example of what sets the two apart.

Would love to talk to you further about it email me directly
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Tue May 20, 2008
Deirdre Astigarraga answered:
It's not just there,,, I am a virtual tour provider in NY metro area , and there are SO many who don't use any tours at all ! We can't understand it , I have been told more than I can count about how many people called or emailed the realtor AFTER seeing the tour to go for a visit of the home , It's a small investment for the realtor when the payoff is 3% of the sale price ! ... more
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Tue Apr 15, 2008
Mmraja asked:
My site theme realesate where user can come and create their own subdomains. Each subdomain have user uploaded photos with description to promote their area. Is there possible to add my…
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Wed Sep 26, 2007
Tony Lonergan answered:
Very interesting article - quite funny too! I recently "graduated" from e-pro and I found it interesting but not very difficult. Agreed that it was not extremely cutting edge, but it was a vehicle for me to sharpen my online skills. Technology does not play a big part in my office so anything that makes me more proficient and helps me understand whats available out there in the big wide web, ultimately helps my clients. I would recommend this e-pro designation only to new agents starting out. ... more
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