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[Fwd: On-Line Real Estate Services]
Recommendations for the future of real estate online from a recent
client (no self promotion intended or requested.) Rich paid for our
services on an hourly fee, and saved about $10,000 by buying a "for sale
by owner" property. He will probably save nearly that much AGAIN when
he decides to sell his old condo, which he is currently renting, by
Bill Wendel (invited speaker)
The Real Estate Cafe
PS. Still looking for comments to include in my presentation on the
future of real estate online at conference on Thursday. For a money
saving, PRO-CONSUMER vision of the future of the industry see headline
story today on Inman News, the leading online real estate news service:
Your opinion, in this forum, or private e-mail to
email@example.com would enrich this dialogue!
Thanks so much for all your help during our house search. Veronica has
sent or will be sending $500 soon, followed by another such payment
within two weeks.
What I would like to see in on-line services:
o Create a page where sellers can advertise a home for sale by owner
relatively inexpensively. Data must of course be searchable by as
many features and parameters as possible.
o Eventually the page could allow video features where the owner
sends in a video tour of the house. Ad fee would go up accordingly.
o If the page could also feature city maps linked to FSBO ads that
would be super. A buyer would first look at location,location,
location. They'd select their desired area,add, primary criteria,
shade in area , click, and up would come listings
o Services must be secure so rip-off creeps are detected early and
The sooner this service is provided and sooner it will be selected
over all other methods of home shopping. It can become THE way to find
a home because its so quick, inexpensive, direct and efficient. This
service should be coupled with the human-touch services and advise of
the REAL ESTATE CAFE, which will eventually become a national
franchise and primary shaping force in this the largest of all
consumer markets. We are in the information age and on-line shopping
and consumption of goods and services will soon(5-10years) encompass
most other types of shopping? Don't you think so?
Veronica and I are planning to have you over to the new place sometime
the winter. Take care.