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I don't think I've seen it in here yet but there is a new Fujitsu ScanSnap and it seems to be getting rock-solid reviews. It is only about $40 more than the S1500 on Amazon. There are dozens of recommendations of the S1500 throughout Facebook.
With the Denver REALTORS dustup regarding syndication, I'm still baffled as to why we as an industry are not tracking our distribution and reach via our own hugely popular syndication system: IDX. I wrote a post about this in November:
Came across this on REALTOR.com and I can tell you I am a little uncomfortable with it. Several of the replies were encouraging of cancellation, which could be an ethics issue. This is another reason why I am uncomfortable with the relationship NAR has with Move Inc.
Here's the thing Susan. Yes, the big players are more than likely going to be there at the top for major search terms like city homes in most cases. But, with an IDX and some work, there's nothing stopping you from gathering tons of really good leads on your site with an IDX if you target it properly. From what I've seen working with clients around the country over the past 4 years, and 8 years before that selling RE, is this: 1. A lead that is searching "city, homes" is usually not as good of a quality lead as someone searching: "homes for sale in community in area." 2. The time it takes to convert that lesser quality lead usually runs much longer than the more local type of lead you get. I used to spend 12-15 months working with leads looking for "myrtle beach homes" vs the lead "Magnolia North Condo For sale" that would usually be around 2-3 months. The generic lead is someone just starting their search normally. They didn't know if they wanted Myrtle, Miami, or Monterrey Beach. The second type would call saying, "I've been following your site for the past few weeks, I'm relocating in the next 30 days, can you show me these 5 properties in this neighborhood?" 3. The number of leads to manage: Unless you are a large team, or a brokerage, could you really manage 400-500 leads each month on your own? A gentleman in my office would generate that many each month. He couldn't handle it and so he would print the leads out on spreadsheets, go in the back room & give it to all the brand new agents dying for anything that mentioned house to talk to. He'd then ask for the referral if they sold anything to the leads. At the same time, I'd get maybe 12-15 leads a month, but could convert 5-7 of them regularly. The guy could never figure out how we kept crushing him in sales each month... 4. The big guys don't really get into the local competition. One of their main goals is to either drive traffic to their site, or generate leads, so they are trying to get this on a mass scale, so for them, the big terms is what they want. Personally, I'll let them compete on it all day long and focus my efforts elsewhere. To get to page 1 for major terms is pretty difficult in just about any market. Jay Thompson didn't just blink his eyes one day and his site was on pg1 of Phoenix. Jay put in thousands and thousands of hours of work creating pages of content, custom IDX searches, and quality links back to his site. 5. Longevity- Since there is so much competition on the big terms, if you are not putting in hours of work each week to keep you there, it's pretty tough to stay there. Some of the posts/pages I made 4+ years ago still bring me real estate leads and I haven't sold houses since 2008. So, just having an IDX isn't going to do that much. But setting one up and developing some sort of strategy behind it's use and what you do content wise on your site can be very invaluable and VERY profitable. Personally I think anyone without an IDX on their own site is doing a disservice to not only themselves, but also their clients.