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Agent2Agent in Massachusetts : Real Estate Advice

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Dan Tabit, Real Estate Pro in Issaquah, WA
Thu Feb 10, 2011
Dan Tabit answered:
In my experience consumers who make a choice that is strictly price driven are rarely satisfied and always feel they paid too much. I've known agents who have tried similar models unsuccessfully. There are limited service, flat fee and rebate models out there to examine. Contact a few of these companies in other states and see how they are doing, but before you get in too far do your own due diligence. ... more
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Joan Congilo…, Real Estate Pro in Freehold, NJ
Wed Jan 5, 2011
Joan Congilose answered:
I have looked into real estate databases & have found them to be too costly,and too cumbersome to use. I am very satisfied with Microsoft Office Outlook. I have all of my contacts in there, I have them in specific categories which I have set up with color codes so they are easy to identify & I can access the list & my appointments from my Blackberry wherever I am. ... more
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Sun Jan 2, 2011
Catherine "Cathy" Chaudemanche answered:
Hi Laurie,

I think you mentioned something right on target: ..."mainly because I fear the time commitment it may require to maintain them".

Jumping blindly in the social marketing train just because everyone else is doing it is not likely to provide a decent ROI especially if one does not have the time commitment.

You are absolutely correct, Facebook, Twitter and the like are time consuming to master and manage and for month/years might not bring you much business. However overtime developing a strong online presence including social networking can help one generates enough leads to stay busy 7/365...:)...I am talking from our personal business experience.

I would not suggest starting with Twitter. Twitter is good for SEO, linking, keyword ranking, traffic and more but for someone planning to "wade in" slowly I would suggest Facebook. Facebook is fairly easy to use and if anything else you can use it to subtly remind your friends/family once in a while that you are in the real estate industry...
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Heidi Zizza, Real Estate Pro in Framingham, MA
Wed Nov 24, 2010
Heidi Zizza answered:
Thats a good question I would google a large management company in the area and see what the going rates are.
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Christine Mo…, Real Estate Pro in Wilbraham, MA
Fri Nov 19, 2010
Christine Moran Realtor & Notary answered:
325 maybe 100-200 per apartment. Depends on a lot of factors.
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Rich Lee, Real Estate Pro in Lynn, MA
Thu Nov 11, 2010
Rich Lee asked:
I'm using the MLS PIN VOW and it is terrible from a SEO and user friendliness perspective. Which WordPress plug-in are you using? What are the related costs? How is the customer…
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Eddie,  in Brookline, MA
Sat Nov 6, 2010
Eddie answered:
I found good article about starting up real estate career here:
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Lori Lincoln, Real Estate Pro in Dighton, MA
Mon Oct 18, 2010
Lori Lincoln answered:
Facebook, Twitter and Linked in. Use a fan page or create an app. There are also several listing widgets you can use for free on facebook.
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Karla Wagner, Real Estate Pro in Bonney Lake, WA
Sat Oct 9, 2010
Karla Wagner answered:
Currently, I have a possibility of a lease purchase on one of my listings, so my broker and I discussed this yesterday. In this situation, you can request a small fee up front, as in one month's rent, however, the broker's commissions aren't paid until the sale closes. ... more
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Laurie Phill…, Real Estate Pro in Andover, MA
Tue Oct 5, 2010
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Roger Y. All…, Real Estate Pro in Concord, MA
Sun Sep 19, 2010
Roger Y. Allen answered:
Hi Christine,

Sure, I would be glad to work with your buyer and send a referral your way. Has anyone else raised their hand to take on this client?

Roger Y. Allen
Keller Williams Realty
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MaryBeth Mil…, Real Estate Pro in Pembroke, MA
Tue Aug 31, 2010
MaryBeth Mills Muldowney answered:
Thank you for your assistance, this was more a comfort level on the seller's part that they were not contracting to bring $4000 to the closing table. I discussed with the short sale team at Wells Fargo, and was so impressed with their assistance, and although we don't know where the offer will go and what will need to be negotiated in the future the wording for future reference is "$4000 towards Buyer's closing costs and escrows FROM THE TRANSACTION". This will all be noted on the HUD settlement sheet which must accompany the offer to the lender. Many thanks for your input. ... more
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Lynn Hargrave,  in Hopkinton, MA
Thu Aug 19, 2010
Lynn Hargrave answered:
Yes it is for an owner's personal appraisal. Thanks for the advice.
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Mildred Vale…, Real Estate Pro in Bronx, NY
Wed Aug 18, 2010
Mildred Valentin answered:
I agree, working with Lenders that you trust and that follow up with you at all times makes it to the closing table! Being aggressive and motivated will show the Lenders you mean buisness and that your main concern is your Buyer and doing all you can possibly do for them!

Mildred Valentin, Realtor
Exit Realty Van Zandt
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Thom Colby, Real Estate Pro in Irvine, CA
Thu Aug 12, 2010
Thom Colby answered:
Chris -

Go after the most respected, highest producer you can afford & successfully recruit to your company. That will make a statement and others will follow. Once that's done tell everyone. Also, recruit agents through other agents - that is - send a "blind survey" to all agents in your market area asking "name 3 agents you love to cooperate with" - that will give you your top 30 agents because that's how many will be on the list.

Get to be know as the Most Fair & Best Brokerage in the area. They will come.....

If you don't have a list of all the agents in your area, try: or any other list service.

I was a TL at a KW office in CA and found the best way to recruit was to be honest and not offer any "special deals" to anyone EXCEPT the first few top producers in the door and only for the first year - then they go on like everyone else.

Best of luck and let us know how you succeed!

Thom Colby
Broker / Owner & Certified HAFA Specialist
Thom Colby Properties
Newport Beach, CA
Moving Lives Forward (TM)
We NEVER DOUBLE-END a Transaction in our Brokerage. There is NO benefit to the Seller or Buyer but only benefits the Agent.
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Jonathan Bow…, Real Estate Pro in Stoughton, MA
Tue Aug 3, 2010
Jonathan Bowen answered:
No, but I'm thinking about using them in the near future.
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Ken Lambert,  in Exeter, NH
Tue Aug 3, 2010
Ken Lambert answered:
I would say in general, on average, a really good district might increase by 5% vs an average district.
On the flip side, I'd say a "bad" district vs an average school could have a worse effect, maybe as much as 10%.

Just my opinion- no real hard data to give you.
Ken L.
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Pelin Guzel, Real Estate Pro in Dallas, TX
Fri Jul 30, 2010
Pelin Guzel answered:
Great question, I would like to learn more about it, too. I started to think about it lately, it might help to bring more traffic to our website.

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