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Even though I cause trouble in FB groups because I dislike syndication, and have no burning problem with pocket listings, and don't get bugged by dual agency, apparently I am still raising the bar! So says this email I just got>>> Had to share since he used the group's name specifically. Now back, to causing trouble... :) Hello Kimberly, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for the absolutely excellent job you have done with this listing. Specifically, all the details you have provided in the MLS and with each photo. As someone who works primarily with buyers, it is a tremendous help to have all this info. Thank you for raising the bar in our profession. Sadly, this unit doesn't work for my client…no elevators. Best to you, Dave
Last week, a post was created about what you're not going to do in the New Year. I responded with the answer "drop IDX" and got a lot of interest. Group members wanted an explanation. Here goes: I will be dropping the IDX of all websites under my brokerage. And in a double down move, I will be changing my business to that of a listing brokerage only. Yes, I will still represent buyers, but after many years in this business, most of my buyers like me for me and come to me but never use my IDX. So to me the IDX feed is a dinosaur and will be gone in Q1. That model doesn't work for me. My company name will change, my brokerage website will change, my logo will change and it's all around dropping IDX. It's a big move, so I may as well blow up the whole company and start fresh. My focus online will be sellers. My focus when I pick up a ringing phone will be to provide service to who is calling: buyers and sellers. I am a listing agent at heart, even though I love buyers. The decision is made. Happy New Year, everyone!
Question for the group. Last week I got around to putting iOS6 on the iPad. I set it up to run and walked away for six hours. No problem, except one thing. I had a couple thousand songs on my computer from the early "free" Napster days and purposely blocked them from the iPad. Well, in those 6 hours they not only loaded but got categorized and sorted. I was shocked to find them today. What should have I done differently? 10 gigs of music.
This may not be the right FB real estate group, but one of my groups talked about the U.S Post Office's "Every Door Direct Mail" campaign. There is a free webinar on August 21 to understand how it works and it should be really helpful. I have the full kit but haven't opened it. The link to sign up is here. 9 AM EST.
Larry Rowan, some sellers do not want the lockbox physically hanging on their doorknob. Probably security issues in their mind. I see the seller putting out the lockbox in mostly higher end neighborhoods. Very normal. It's not prying it open, oh no. It's because of the ton of rogue agents we have who can't help themselves: "I see a lockbox! I have my Sentrilock with me! I am going in!" Happened to a seller of mine yesterday at 10 AM. Greeted by a rogue agent (whom I know) who was not on the showing schedule. He helped himself to the Sentrilock box, opened her door and found her in a nightie and her mouth guard. He said he wanted to see the inside. He's now banned for life from all of my listings and the next I see him I am punching him in the head and told him if he enters any listing I will call the police. Rogue agents -- not the public -- are who we worry about.
I don't understand why one would drive online business to Zillow and away from your own online presence. And providing them with your listings, and then in essence having them sell those leads back to you. Like I said in another post: Paranoid? Yep. But am I paranoid enough?
but thats the problem.. how many have 11k to invest in a site right now..? what should the cash strapped agents do? nothing? I stayed out of the video post for that same reason.. many saying you need thousands of production and stuff to do video marketing... nonsense.. just get started.. even the $10 zillow sites are better than doing nothing... we all had to boot strap before...right?
I definitely do NOT present my buyer clients' offers directly to the LA and sellers. It's not a common practice in the greater Phoenix area, and for a number of good reasons. However, I do have concerns that there 'should' be some accountability from LA's to provide some type of 'proof' or 'verification' that our offers were indeed presented. The standard AAR Purchase Contract has a space at the bottom of the last page where a seller can sign off as rejecting the offer, but I've yet to see it used by ANY LA in this market. There are no rules to force it; thus no compliance. Does it concern me?? Absolutely! But do I have the solution?? Nope!