The mission over at Buying Buddy has always been to make real estate businesses more predictable. For the last year or so, Buying Buddy has been cooking up something big to help agents get out of the “feast or famine” cycles. And now, they’ve announced a new real estate search tool! It’s the most detailed and comprehensive real estate search tool out there. And, it’s designed to help make an agents’ sales more predictable.
We are breaking down the secret key to creating the best real estate website. We are exploring the 5 different types of real estate marketing. And, we list out how they should be reflected on any Realtor’s website. We are also examining the best features for each real estate website. Plus, don’t miss out on the $299 Cyber Monday real estate website sale, from our partner, Blue Fire Sites.
What Kind of Realtor are You?
Before going out and buying a WordPress ...Read More →
The Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors (GLVAR) is rolling the dice and pulling their listings from Zillow and ListHub. How will this impact Las Vegas Realtors, buyers, and sellers? Will other associations soon be following suit?
Inman has published their report on GLVAR ending their relationships with Zillow and ListHub. The decision comes after association members expressed a heightened desire to have control over their syndication options. Some argue smaller brokerages could be hurt by the move. While larger brokerages would ...Read More →
You’ve heard the rumblings and seen the signs. There is definite slow down hitting the housing market. Economists are warning of a recession. 2020 looks like the year the downturn will hit. So how will you spend 2019? Will the housing market shoulder the blame like the last recession?
There is good news and bad. Thankfully, the real estate industry will not take the blame this time and will not be the industry hit hardest. According to RisMedia’s latest ...Read More →
Does the MLS matter? Do independent listings change anything? With the rise of independent listings and internet-based listing research, does the MLS still really hold value? The answer is yes! RISMedia recently reported on MLS data accuracy findings.
It turns out that non-MLS listings are hurting the industry and Realtors are the ones paying the price. The research ...Read More →
The NAR (National Association of Realtors) poured 14.4M in the 2018 midterm elections. Inman recently dug into lobby spending on opensecrets.org. The NAR contributed significantly on both sides of the aisle, seeking to endorse candidates who would stimulate the housing market and favor Realtors’ rights.
Candidates include Leonard Lance (R-New Jersey), Andy Barr (R-Kentucky), Pete Sessions (R-Texas), Joe Donnelly (D-Indiana), Katie Porter (D-California), Sherrod Brown for Senate, John Faso (R-New York), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Mississippi), Dean Heller (R-Nevada), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona). For ...Read More →
According to an IRES news release today, IRES and REcolorado have made a firm commitment to merge.
If the merger proceeds, the integration of the MLS organization’s products and services, and listing data will happen soon after. As in many merger scenarios, here at UltimateIDX we anticipate the IDX RETS feeds from IRES and REcolorado to also be unified, but this may take anywhere from 4-12 months.
The binding merger agreement has been signed by Lauren Hansen, CEO of IRES, and Kirby Slunaker, ...Read More →
We have “been there, done that” when it comes to full-service marketing/lead generation service companies and their bundled services business model. We have heard it all, and maybe you can hear yourself in some of these sentiments that our clients have shared with us over the years.
- It worked well, and a few of our colleagues had great success, but the cost was enormous.
- Every month, as I paid our huge invoice, I would think “I could do this myself if I ...
As more and more Agents and Brokers discover how to use technology-based Real Estate tools to improve their business, it begs the question, “What functionality should I consider when choosing a CRM solution?”
The process of selecting a CRM is one that should be taken seriously. Your investment is not just the amount you pay, but also the processes and procedures you develop ...Read More →
Geoffrey Schiering weighs in on the MLS listing syndication war between aggregators such as Zillow, Trulia and Realtor.com and MLS Boards in multiple markets including the recent dropping of Diverse Solutions from Denver’s MetroList approved 3rd Party IDX Vendor List:
Realtors have finally started to push back against the questionable practices of the real estate listing aggregators (or “syndicators”), Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com and others. For years, these deep-pocketed online media corporations have been growing exponentially at the expense of the professional ...Read More →
UltimateIDX share their views on the MLS listing syndication war developing between MLS Boards and aggregators such as Zillow, Trulia and Realtor.com in several major markets including Denver’s MetroList and their recent dropping of Diverse Solutions:
If you check almost any major market in Google you will find sites such as Realtor.com, Zillow and Trulia dominate the majority of the Top 10 slots for all major real estate search phrases.
Many Realtors that are competing for these search engine rankings are unknowingly ...Read More →
Is Real Estate Webmasters Forum Really Worth the Time
From time to time we do check out the Real Estate Webmasters forum just to see if the former Canadian porn webmaster turned Real Estate sales evangelist is slamming UltimateIDX or PREN.
Today I forgot to turn my Fire Fox DoFollow link checker off before I went to the Real Estate Webmasters forum and low an behold I noticed a Member ...Read More →
I am constantly hit with questions about when I think the real estate market will rebound from Real Estate Agents all across our Nation. The short answer is “No Time Soon!”
Before the real estate industry can begin a recovery we must first hit bottom and unfortunately I feel we are far from that yet. The housing market is not only suffering from the subprime lending fiasco it is currently driven by nothing less than fear and lack of confidence.
Public perception ...Read More →
I have spent a lot of time in other forums and blogs writing about the foreclosure crisis that everyone in the real estate industry is currently suffering from. I am beginning to truly believe that most American’s simply do not fully understand how severe the foreclosure crisis really is. Even long time colleagues of mine that have been in the industry for decades are under the impression there is a massive government bailout on the horizon.
The truth is there will ...Read More →
The Brokers Edge was intended to be a completely a different type of Real Estate Community and portal. Unfortunately, owners of UltimateIDX™ and The Brokers Edge formally split the Company into two distinct entities and completion of the real estate portal at TBE was halted.
This has not deterred UltimateIDX, Inc. CEO Rhonda McMillan from her aspirations to create a “one-stop” shop for REALTORS®. Rhonda plans on launching Agent Blogs and our Real Estate Forums in the spring of 2009.
The major ...Read More →