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VERY Serious matter here folks... I've run across a "lead generation company" which creates sites for agents - RIDDLED with text which contains shockingly obvious Fair Housing Violations. It's truly a disaster waiting to happen for these agents. Here's an example - and an exact quote: "Starter Homes are great for new families. This includes newly weds with babies, or parents with 2 children, to many more types." One site even has RACIAL/ETHNIC make-up and other demographic information on EVERY community landing page. Sentences like "townhomes are great for people with bad credit." There are literally dozens, if not hundres of examples across their client's sites. I happened upon this while researching sites using IDXBroker. If you feel inclined, PLEASE help these agents by letting them know about this MAJOR problem. I'm doing my part... including writing a pretty strongly worded email to the company - but I honestly think this deserves an "intervention." Here is the "portfolio page" - random scanning of text on "community" pages will show the incredibly obvious violations. http://www.boomerangleads.com/index.php/real-estate-website-design/
Our MLS needs to "Raise the Bar" on the closing text of the Matrix email to clients. Perhaps I have a sick/warped mind... but this just doesn't rock my world... #embarrassing "I hope you enjoy working with The Portal and would be happy to hear your feedback. In the meantime, please click on the link below to begin your Portal experience."
Looks like I'll be leaving HostGator - after over a year of really fast server speeds and no issues at all, they "migrated" two of my sites last week (without warning) and now things are at a crawl intermittently - esp. when logged into WordPress. I'm not alone... many other complaints as well. Support seems to be aware, but thus far, nothing has been done. :(
I should add though, that I've had the unfortunate pleasure of trying to get online applications to be 100% consistent across all browsers, which is almost impossible. So, for such a specialized product, I can see why they've kept to a single browser.
In our area, most builders use their own contracts... BUT, we do use NWMLS promulgated addendums in many cases. Some builders do this, others ONLY use their own, and it doesn't seem to matter how large the builder is. I often catch discrepancies & conflicting terms, only to get a "deer in headlights" stare from the site staff. Regardless, I go over the contract with a fine-toothed comb - in fact, my very first sale was a 62 page contract for a new condo development. It was a challenge to get thru, and they had "ridiculous" terms - like the waiver which essentially meant the entire 42 floor, dual tower building could just collapse, and the builder/developer was specifically disclaiming all responsibility. That certainly raised a red-flag for the buyer. But, like Kathy said, in most cases, it's either "their way, or the highway." (And, that building is now sold out.)
It's important to say that this all depends on your market. Without cluing in my competition...
How are visitors coming to this lead site to begin with? (Trying to determine how they're charging you.) In any event, in my experience, if visitors don't see what they're searching for (like on the landing page, or one click from it) they will bounce out of the site.