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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. :(
Ah... now I understand why I wasn't grasping the concept fully, because it's meant to make dual agency less attractive. Obviously, my opinion on DA is different. :) I just don't see the ultimate wisdom of disposing the current model for the sole purpose of eliminating DA. I've been party to DA transactions numerous times without any issues what-so-ever (as both a buyer & seller). To me, assuming all parties have good intentions, I don't see DA as any more hazardous for anyone than any other real estate transaction. Obviously, there are some bad apples out there who exploit DA. But, I'm not one of them - nor do I know of anyone who has been, or is currently. If DA is causing major problems in some places, then those states should take steps to address it, as those states see fit. But I digress... I'll let my thoughts on DA remain in the other thread. :)
In my experience, that many browser windows would throw a hissy-fit in Windows. (Well, "power computing" in general on Windows can cause a hissy-fit.) A Mac is more tolerating of it. :) Alas... I still use both op. systems.
To Stefan Swanepoel's point, consumers who base their decisions on the commission line item will get what they pay for. I do believe that there will be unbundling, but real commission reform will only occur when the contingency nature is dispensed with and consumers will share in the risk. Those that do will indeed save without a sacrifice of service.