Susan Laxson CRS, Realtor in San Diego, CA & Naples, FL (Palm Properties)

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Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

What will be, will be. We do not concern ourselves with things we cannot control. Thanks for the information, however!

Jun 18, 2016 12:19 AM
Rainmaker
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

it won't affect our business.... we are listing agents, and most of our business is from offline marketing and referrals from past clients.... we have a steady listing business....

Jun 18, 2016 03:19 AM
Rainmaker
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Interesting info, but I don't see an issue with this.  It just helps me target where to advertise!  If they get 2/3 of the revenue, they probably have 2/3 of the eyeballs.

Jun 18, 2016 07:15 AM
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533,500
Robert May
Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate - Lethbridge, AB
Real estate consulting

i keep expecting google to get into the real estate business somehow, when they do they will alter it forever

Jun 18, 2016 05:55 AM
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Scott Thompson
Columbia Mortgage Plus - Blue Springs, MO
Commerical Finance - Blue Springs, MO

Make me want to go live on a sail boat.

Jun 18, 2016 04:03 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Those entering the business and/or do not have a strong referral base will most certainly be influenced/controlled by these major players.

Just like a GREAT HOARD of real estate agents spend their money on the dark-side due to the devils dominance in real estate, just as many will be compelled to 'pay to play.'

And if one buys into 'It's a numbers game' there are not many alternatives, especially if at the 3 yr mark in this business.

Jun 18, 2016 12:38 AM
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Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

And that's all she wrote! No not concerned.

Jun 18, 2016 12:14 AM
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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

It won't affect my business at all unless they no longer are FREE to be on.

I never pay either a dime for my exposure. It does concern me that at the very top, about 14 companies own everything in America. Monopolies are a tricky sort for consumers. MicroogleBook-Mart will soon be the only choice we have at this rate.

Jun 17, 2016 11:50 PM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Boy that could be scary but it could happen and almost there.

Jun 18, 2016 11:31 PM
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Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I am not concerned.

Jun 18, 2016 10:45 PM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Doesn't bother me since I don't use either of them!

Jun 18, 2016 09:46 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Nope, they already do. So, nothing is going to change. 

Jun 18, 2016 06:17 PM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

 I am leaving Facebook; I avoid Google like the plague.

Jun 18, 2016 11:57 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Those with listings will attract buyers. Thiose looking for buyers without listing, may struggle 

Jun 18, 2016 11:08 AM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I am not overly concerned as I know they cannot replace all my organic exposure that just keeps getting better and better.

Jun 18, 2016 10:38 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

No. Not at all. People are wise to what the ads are and what they do. 

Jun 18, 2016 03:09 AM
Rainmaker
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Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Ron and Alexandra Seigel are right advertising is on the move daily and changes always taking place. You can spend your time chasing every new avenue and neglect the most important way to communicate your value..in person with meaningful conversations!

Jun 18, 2016 02:53 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

It's interesting but I'm of the same mindset as Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI  -- there are things I can control and other things that are beyond my control.   

Jun 18, 2016 01:28 AM
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1,231,822
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Like others I have chosen to ignore ads whether in print or online.  I put ear plugs in my ears and blinders on and move forward on course I have chosen.

Jun 18, 2016 12:28 AM
Rainmaker
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FN LN
Toronto, ON

1)  No

2)  I don't know.

Jun 17, 2016 11:54 PM
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Anita Clark
Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Not concerned because I already periodically advertise with both these giants and use both G+ and FB in my marketing. If I was not active on social media or willing to spend a little of my marketing funds on advertising it would be an issue I would want to address sooner rather than later...or I would need to find an alternative way to reach and cultivate new online prospects.

Jun 17, 2016 11:43 PM
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Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308
Stake Your Land Realty, Inc. - Eustis, FL
Broker/Owner, SFR®, e-PRO®, GRI, AHWD, REALTOR®

Good morning Susan,

I am not concerned, let the chips fall where they may

Jun 21, 2016 12:13 AM
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Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

No, not at all.

Jun 19, 2016 02:37 PM
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Cindy Allen
DFWMoves.com - Southlake, TX
Dallas - Fort Worth

It's no different then "the old days" when most all advertising was print… is just that the venue has changed. Marketers spend their money where the eyeballs are. What should be of concern, however, is the agreement between Google and Zillow. I'm not a Zillow hater, but we do need to keep an eye on "our" data.

Jun 19, 2016 12:59 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Susan Laxson if we can't beat them. join them...

Jun 18, 2016 04:19 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Susan, I so ignore the advertising Google and Facebook, and I don't think about it that much.  I don't think it is a cost effective way to attract business.

Jun 18, 2016 03:03 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

not concerned.  

Jun 18, 2016 01:52 PM
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Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

I am not surprised but I am concerned that "Z" will be one of those big players too Susan.

Jun 18, 2016 12:32 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Good thing that I dong buy adds, I am sure the prices will be very high when these two merge.

Jun 18, 2016 11:59 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

No and No.

Jun 18, 2016 07:56 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Susan Laxson Who pays attention to those ads anyway? This is why ad blockers are so popular.

Jun 18, 2016 04:14 AM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

I think that now - they control everything. They are the majority so you have to play by their rules. Learn them or get left behind.

Jun 18, 2016 03:28 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The mighty buck on the move. What else is new? Everyone mind their own buck

Jun 18, 2016 01:39 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I don't spend $ on online advertising and a good % of my business is referral and from blogging.

Jun 18, 2016 12:14 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Susan,

At the same time, there is an exodus happening off of social media.  And on line advertizing  has had its problems.  There is a phenomena called "banner blindness", so banners are not working any more.  Marketing is not set in stone, it keeps changing constantly.  A

Jun 18, 2016 12:08 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I do not know.

Jun 17, 2016 11:40 PM