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Rainmaker
5,096,866
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I used iHouse years ago and dropped them, but that was before the days of IDX. Have used them again for about two years now, but will probably drop them again. I know Will Hamm was using them and was happy with them.

Sep 12, 2016 07:56 AM
Rainmaker
4,319,419
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Lana Kosik - never used them. 

Sep 12, 2016 04:23 PM
Ambassador
3,340,605
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

I do not recommend third party sites.  Get your own WordPress site and integrate IDX with the plugin.  Own and control your business ... don't leave it in the hands of a third party provider. 

Sep 12, 2016 10:53 AM
Rainmaker
987,652
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I won't use them because of the duplicate content issues they have with their canned websites

Sep 13, 2016 01:28 AM
Rainmaker
1,840,906
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

I checked it out not too long ago & it seemed ok. Did not come up with the best price for the functions I wanted though.

Sep 12, 2016 09:28 AM
Rainmaker
4,272,524
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Not a big fan.

Sep 12, 2016 08:09 AM
Rainmaker
7,799,084
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Blog about your decision.

Sep 12, 2016 06:43 AM
Ambassador
6,362,764
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I have not used them but enjoyed reading the comments here.

Sep 16, 2017 08:32 PM
Rainmaker
1,022,924
Ritu Desai 703-625-4949
Samson Properties - Chantilly, VA
Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor

I was with a 3 party for years and years...Got good results in old days. As others have mentioned I would encourage you to consider your custom wordpress site. This will help you define your personality your content and your marketing style. 

Oct 04, 2016 10:52 PM
Rainmaker
5,852,044
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I know a few REALTORS around here that use iHouse and are fairly happy.

Sep 15, 2016 11:49 AM
Rainmaker
634,482
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Sorry I don't have any experience with that company.

Sep 15, 2016 11:42 AM
Rainmaker
1,683,862
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

I have never used iHouse, so I won't be uch help.

Sep 13, 2016 06:10 AM
Rainmaker
1,499,368
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Sorry, haven't used them.  I prefer to "code my own" and not worry about large monthly fees.

Sep 13, 2016 04:03 AM
Rainmaker
5,772,353
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

 Lana,

Looks like you have lots of suggestions here.  We use WordPress for our client's sites, and it is a great platform.  A

Sep 13, 2016 03:30 AM
Rainer
45,957
Andy Madrid
Hawaii Coast Realty, LLC - Kailua-Kona, HI
Expertise, Professionalism, and Service

I used them for a while but dropped them for a few reasons:  1) They are expensive and 2) you dont own the content of your site.  If you decide you want to have another company host your site, you can't move it.  3) They have a proprietary backend.

I switched over to Wordpress.  I created my own website because I didn't want to pay anyone for it.... but it was a huge amount of work for me and I would never try to do it myself again.

That being said, if you dont have a site at all, there are a number of companies that you can go to that offer websites and IDX.  Nothing terribly fancy, some basic themes, but what you really want is a site that people can see who you are, how you do your business, search for properties, a blog, and provide some content about the neighborhood(s) you service.  All of that - except the IDX - you create yourself.  You dont need to spend thousands on a site if no one sees it.  Start basic, build from there.  As you gain rankings in Google, and generate more business either from your site or other means, then you can go all out.  I have an agent friend of mine uses a company called websitebox.com  They set her site up for $99 including IDX.  For her, its her online business card.  It gives her online credibility and she can blog on it, people can search for properties, and she has information about herself and her business and the community....

Sep 13, 2016 02:43 AM
Rainer
232,019
Jessie Cochran
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Panama City Realty Group

If it were me, I would be careful of the duplicate content issues they've had in the past.

Also, I would check to see how their sites rank for various keywords before jumping in

Sep 13, 2016 01:51 AM
Rainmaker
4,557,997
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Lana -- I'm not familiar with iHouse but as usual, ActiveRain has a membership that has lots of knowledge and a willingness to share information.   Good luck.   

Sep 13, 2016 01:14 AM
Rainmaker
3,071,489
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Praful Thakkar nailed this one!

Sep 13, 2016 12:08 AM
Rainmaker
1,723,426
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Never used them. Always custom design and write our own sites with IDX feeds.

Sep 12, 2016 11:40 PM
Rainmaker
3,415,644
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I have not used them. I do enjoy reading the repsonses though as this is something i will be making a change with later this fall. 

Sep 12, 2016 10:34 PM
Rainmaker
1,617,866
Harry F. D'Elia III
WEDO Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

It is best to use Wordpress with IDX built in--just my opinion

Sep 12, 2016 10:24 PM
Rainmaker
4,434,127
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I do not know.

Sep 12, 2016 10:10 PM
Rainmaker
2,352,654
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

sounds like it is not a bad decision but if you can develop your own site it will be better for you

Sep 12, 2016 09:23 PM
Rainmaker
2,707,721
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Hello Lana Kosik 

I have used iHouse for many years and am very happy with their service.  They are always helpful, offer custom service for their web templates to personalize them and were mobile friendly before most.

Sep 12, 2016 12:59 PM
Rainmaker
864,658
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Following. Interesting to see what you decided on.

Sep 12, 2016 12:29 PM
Rainmaker
3,988,007
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I checked them out a few years ago and decided to go in a different direction. I didn't think it gave me enough options.

Sep 12, 2016 12:22 PM
Rainmaker
1,157,785
FN LN
Toronto, ON

I am not familiar with them.

Sep 12, 2016 11:46 AM
Rainmaker
3,986,196
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I am using them now.  Seem to be doing well and I don't access all that I could form them

Sep 12, 2016 11:08 AM
Rainmaker
4,908,194
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Lana,  I started using them in 1999.  Lots of traffic in the early years.  Not so much now but that is because of all the company sites.

 

Sep 12, 2016 10:47 AM
Rainmaker
2,224,473
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I haven't heard of them. Let us know what you decide. 

Sep 12, 2016 10:27 AM
Rainmaker
1,231,853
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Sorry I have not used iHouse.

Sep 12, 2016 10:21 AM
Rainmaker
1,237,820
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

what are the fees with idx?

Sep 12, 2016 09:58 AM