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Rainmaker
1,349,055
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

We interviewed a Top Producer in San Diego on our Podcast Show last month that swears by Realtor.com vs. any other site. He only lists $1, 000,000+ properties and says he gets higher quality leads from Realtor.com as a showcased agent. I used to pay for it when I was Coldwell Banker, because we got a package deal as featured agents on R.com, Z.com,Tr.com and other sites. But, it never did much for me.

Feb 11, 2017 07:55 AM
Rainmaker
914,818
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

At you next open house ask those who attend what resources they use to search for homes. If realtor.com is never mentioned, you have your answer.

Feb 11, 2017 08:35 AM
Ambassador
5,707,156
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Sure there is a benefit to it.  But it is a benefit to them, not to you.

Feb 11, 2017 03:06 PM
Rainmaker
1,466,027
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

F Jeffrey Scott I see no justification for buying leads.

Feb 11, 2017 10:47 AM
Ambassador
4,515,022
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I paid for it at one time but, the more listings you have, the more it costs. I never got a lead out of it so, I stopped using the showcase feature.

Feb 11, 2017 07:54 AM
Rainmaker
3,070,784
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

In the very early days it generated a useful number of leads - but not for years now

Feb 12, 2017 04:05 AM
Ambassador
3,986,960
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I could never justify the expense for what I got and gave it up long ago.

Feb 11, 2017 11:12 PM
Ambassador
4,316,065
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

F Jeffrey Scott - I used to have this service from my market center - and was happy with it. Now they have stopped it.

I am not likely to spend money from my own pocket for this for sure.

Feb 11, 2017 10:17 PM
Rainmaker
142,746
Diana White-Pettis
Bennett Realty Solutions - Upper Marlboro, MD
GRI, CDPE, CNE, WHC Upper Marlboro Homes for Sale

It appears that Realtor.com is the only one who benefits from this.

Feb 11, 2017 04:48 PM
Rainmaker
625,308
Alexander- Slocum
Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington - Vancouver, WA
Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate

They are following Z somewhat - charge agents, grow their search engine traffic with those receipts; raise rates and repeat.

Feb 11, 2017 02:40 PM
Rainmaker
5,767,421
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

F. Jeffrey,

Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS gave you a good example.  Among the top producers that we have worked with who make the WSJ list annually, their best results come from their contacts and connections in the biz world.  A

Feb 11, 2017 11:44 AM
Rainmaker
868,688
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

I think I could find better ways and places to spend money.

Feb 11, 2017 11:13 AM
Ambassador
3,147,285
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

The benefit is to Realtor.com so they can fund more ridiculously insulting and stupid commercials. 

Feb 11, 2017 08:33 AM
Rainmaker
1,324,938
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Sorry to say no, but with a 50% increase they have shot themselves in the foot.

Feb 12, 2017 05:11 AM
Rainmaker
4,441,075
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Nope! Have you sold any properties directly attributable to this service. How many leads have you gotten and converted from it? I had showcase listings as part of a brokerage I was with years ago and it brought me nothing. Thankfully, I didn't pay for it.

Feb 12, 2017 05:11 AM
Rainmaker
598,824
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

I don't know anyone that is benefiting from it.

Feb 11, 2017 09:55 PM
Rainmaker
590,763
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

I subscribed to it for years when it didn't cost too much, and I thought "why not". But it added it up and I never got even one piece of business from it.

Feb 11, 2017 08:10 PM
Rainmaker
3,377,305
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

With the increase NO. There are so many outlets for buyers to find listings. They are pricing themselves out of the market much like Trulia and Equator did with their increases that i no longer use. 

Feb 11, 2017 12:55 PM
Ambassador
3,388,961
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

F Jeffrey it's been many years since I've used and paid for anything on R. Our best contacts are our clients and our sphere of influence and it's been that way for many years.

Feb 11, 2017 12:38 PM
Rainmaker
5,580,072
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

when I was actively working as a listing agent, I had all of the showcase spots on Realtor.com./.. big bucks, even back then.... it was expected that I have them....didn't want anyone having them and I marketed the fact that they all belonged to me.... 

Feb 11, 2017 10:40 AM
Rainmaker
4,284,138
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

It when up that much again.  No I do not use then for years.

 

Feb 11, 2017 10:34 AM
Ambassador
1,878,438
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

The only benefit I see to showcasing on Realtor.com is to Realtor.com.

Feb 11, 2017 10:22 AM
Rainmaker
1,157,535
FN LN
Toronto, ON

The justification of the increase is obvious.  The C-suite officers of the company need to earn bigger salaries, bonuses and stock options!

Feb 11, 2017 09:55 AM
Rainmaker
2,056,483
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I lean towards the thought of I give them enough money as it is but if it were proven to me that it was/is worth it I could change my mind F Jeffrey Scott .

Feb 11, 2017 08:55 AM
Rainmaker
4,799,701
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I agree with you.

Feb 11, 2017 08:55 AM
Rainmaker
1,760,339
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

No I never did & I would stop doing it if I were you. Hit 'em in their pocketbook.

Feb 11, 2017 08:40 AM
Rainmaker
1,708,235
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

If it works and delivers a good ROI then fine. It has surpassed Trylia quickly and is increasing yearly. At least it beats just listed postcards.

Feb 11, 2017 08:20 AM
Rainmaker
2,052,123
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Realtor.com  is no different than Big Z or tru

Feb 11, 2017 08:11 AM
Rainer
213,213
Dennis Swartz
Full Circle Property Management - Columbus, OH
MBA, GRI...experience counts!

I see little value in Realtor.com

 

Feb 11, 2017 08:10 AM
Rainmaker
4,335,841
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Mine is free so the price is right.

Feb 11, 2017 07:47 AM
Rainmaker
6,975,698
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I have never used the service.

Feb 12, 2017 05:36 AM
Rainmaker
415,491
Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308
Stake Your Land Realty, Inc. - Eustis, FL
Broker/Owner, GRI,SFR, REALTOR®

Good morning F Jeffrey Scott,

In my first year of Real Estate, the broker recommended doing the enhanced showcase listings. It was about ten years ago and it cost me $350 for the year, I did not receive a single lead from it. I agree with you, there is no justification on the price or the huge increase.

Feb 12, 2017 05:36 AM
Ambassador
1,616,454
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

it depends if you are making money on it

Feb 11, 2017 04:30 PM
Rainmaker
3,986,000
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I prefer to use my marketing dollars for long term gain.

Feb 11, 2017 04:13 PM
Ambassador
3,948,239
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

 I've not done the numbers in my business so I couldn't give you an accurate response ...

Feb 11, 2017 02:35 PM
Rainmaker
1,179,543
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

see similar topic:

http://activerain.com/questions/show/55563/has-anyone-had-realtor-com-call-selling-leads-

Feb 11, 2017 10:26 AM
Rainmaker
808,903
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

I know people that swear by it. We don't do it. 50% seems like an outrageous price hike.

Feb 11, 2017 08:58 AM
Rainmaker
1,045,215
Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

Don't forget realtor.com isn't owned by the Realtors anymore... it was another NAR blunder.. it lined someones pockets but I didn't see anything from it... how about you?

Feb 07, 2018 08:58 PM
Rainmaker
374,693
Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) www.Progressive-Realty.info - Boise, ID
Owner,Broker

My decision was easier.  I just got off the phone with my rep and my rate over tripled!  After complaining they dropped it to about double if I prepaid for the year.  The good news is, my beer, wine and scotch budget just jumped dramatically and I should be much happier at the end of each day since I will see results the day of my efforts.  

Mar 03, 2017 04:19 PM
Rainmaker
2,224,167
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I don't think do. 

Feb 12, 2017 08:26 PM
Rainmaker
1,425,850
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Personally, I wouldn't waste a dime on them.  Why let them sell you back YOUR leads?  I'm actually starting to opt out of Realtor.com on my listings.

Feb 12, 2017 03:04 PM
Rainmaker
4,433,809
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

No idea.

Feb 12, 2017 08:43 AM
Rainmaker
844,722
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

I used to use it because that allowed more photo's, but it was pricey even then; don't see the justification for the price increase. 

Feb 12, 2017 07:15 AM
Ambassador
2,605,478
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     No.  I won't pay R (or Z) for anything.

Feb 11, 2017 06:02 PM