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Yesterday I was visited by men from "google". In parenthesis because as the conversation continued, it was revealed they are contractors; not employees of Google. They were promoting Google Local and offering that my office be photographed a la Google streets for the interior of my office. They say it costs me $449 for the google photographer to do the google virtual tour of my office. So my question is, is this legit? Do I need to pay the fee, or is Google offering this as a free service to ensure as many businesses have the VT on google?
Did you see the story yesterday that states "Apple has enough cash on hand to buy Visa". I think they also listed Altel, and a few others. Think about it. Apple can open their doors tomorrow morning and if they so choose, write a check to simply by the entire Visa brand.
Renee, I agree. As stated, more transactions don't result in a better realtor. Ultimately, the consumer should select 3 agents in his/her market and decide which, only after 3 interviews, is the best. i got a listing 2 years ago in my market. I went against the Top Producer in the area, and the third agent, was competent, and worked for a respected local brokerage. I got it because the Top Producer seemed disinterested in a $300k listing, and the other agent was dressed like a SL*T. Its chemistry that usually wins out, which may not always be the best thing. Sorry, did I get off track.
I agree with you 100%. You story is a good reminder that internet privacy is a dicey issue. Look at headlines of people getting into trouble because of Social Media. I think you post is a very good reminder for everyone. My post was purely cautionary. I could envision people asking who, what, etc and lines being drawn. I think a discussion on privacy issues is good - a gossip free-for-all not so good. That was my only reason for posting. Thanks for sharing your experience.