Vinnie Vacca, Your Phoenix Real Estate Expert (HomeSmart)

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Doug Dawes
KW Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Nope and YIKES

Aug 11, 2020 05:05 PM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Outrageous ... I would not pay that kind of $$$ for a third party website. 
Build your own WP site and integrate IDX.  If you build it ... they will come. 

Then you own it, control it and you are not bleeding out every month for your website. 

Aug 11, 2020 07:26 AM
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Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

Depends on your business model and if that model includes online prospecting. I've had a Real Geeks IDX website and it was worth every penny. It would take a blog post (which I don't have the time to do) to point out the overall detailed "why" as well as address some of what I see posted in the responses.

I'm in a different industry now and I happen to use FB ad impressions managed by a third party. I didn't listen to the many naysayers that tried to dissuade me from using FB, some are trapped in their own mindset of myths, nor did I let the pricing (MUCH higher than what Real Geeks charge) dissuade me, for me it's an investment and a useful "tool" that pays well. It's not automatic, one would need to put in the collaborative effort to complete the process, the same with Real Geeks.

O.K., maybe I do spend a "foolish" amount of coin, but the outcome is that I help many more grateful clients, I eat my competitor's lunch (all the time) and end up with plenty of that "foolish" coin to do as I please. BTW, 2020 is on track to be my best year ever professionally.

Aug 10, 2020 08:50 PM
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Ken Jones, Commercial Real Estate
Kenneth J. Jones, Inc. - Toms River, NJ

Vinicio Vacca I can't imagine how foolish someone would have to be to spend $3,000 per year on a website, much less a website they don't even own.

You can create your own website for less than $250 TOTAL! IDX will cost you additional; either $70/month thru IDX Broker (which you can cancel at any time), or $500/year from FBS-IDX. Then, you'll pay about $5/month for web hosting.

So, for LESS THAN $1,000 in your first year, you'll have YOUR OWN website.

In fact, for $3,000 you can have somebody else build your website, INCLUDING everything you'll need.

Spending money you don't have isn't smart. ESPECIALLY for something you don't own.

Better start thinking. Or, you're going to go broke before you make your first dollar.

Aug 10, 2020 03:38 PM
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Vinnie Vacca
HomeSmart - Phoenix, AZ
Your Phoenix Real Estate Expert

I want to thank everyone that responded to my question. I truly appreciate all of you.

Aug 11, 2020 02:28 PM
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Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

I agree with Dario Ferreira and Pete Xavier - check if all the features the web-site offers will be necessary for your business model. There are other web-site providers which are more expensive, and they still stay in business. And there are free websites, the brokerages offer to which an IDX can be attached for a fee to the provider. 

Aug 11, 2020 08:01 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

The number alone has me questioning why!

Aug 11, 2020 05:59 AM
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Sorry call me a cheapskate:)  There is another website name to be kept secret I   told them no I am unwilling to pay $1200 upfront... if they think it is such a great sure thing let them take it out of my first closing:))) now keep in mind three different managers late I am finally off their emails...Endre

Aug 10, 2020 11:11 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Pretty extreme, I get my site for free w KW.

Aug 10, 2020 11:04 PM
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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

Nope! The rent is too expensive. I'd own for $3k per year!

Aug 10, 2020 03:46 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Vinicio,

Wow and they own the website?  I would not recommend it to our clients.  A

Aug 10, 2020 02:27 PM
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Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

No, we don't

Aug 11, 2020 06:26 PM
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Peter den Boer
Atlanta Communities - Woodstock, GA
MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor

Free website with IDX at my brokerage. IDX is fine, but most people do their searching on other portals, not an agent website.

Aug 11, 2020 05:28 AM
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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

Seems quite pricey to me. I admit I am not knowledgeable about an alternative with the same functionality.

Aug 10, 2020 07:15 PM
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Dario Ferreira
Attleboro, MA
Internet Marketing

Pros:

- Fast websites
- Easy to SEO 
- Converts well
- Good set of tools to follow up with leads

Cons:
- Limited designs

- Price

Although they are "easy" to SEO, you still need to put it the work, or pay someone to do it.
SEO-wise, you just need 3 main things: Backlinks, area pages, and pertinent blog posts to prop up the area pages - that's it.

For those saying you do not own the website, this is not quite accurate.
You own the domain name and you own all content you create.

You do not own the template and "software" used to create the website, and you do not own the IDX data, which no one does, no matter the platform they use.

Aug 10, 2020 05:57 PM
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Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
www.SIBRealty.org 305-931-6931

No, never. 

Aug 11, 2020 06:14 PM
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Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

It's not what my broker went with after talking to them, but we (our office) all have self branded sub sites from what she did go with and it's fabulous.

Aug 11, 2020 03:38 PM
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Ben DeHaven
Haven Realty & Investments - Winter Haven, FL
Proudly serving Winter Haven & Lakeland, Florida

I'm with everyone else. I'm using iHomefinder as my IDX feed and created my own website HavenRealtyFL.com. Total costs are around $150/month all in, not including any ad spend (none currently). And it's my site forever.

Aug 11, 2020 08:16 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I am not familiar with this service.

You may be better to invest in a website that you own or control.

Aug 11, 2020 05:09 AM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Seems HIGH !!!

Aug 11, 2020 04:24 AM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate Agent Retired

Too pricey for my blood. If you investigate a little, you will find some posts with others ideas or what they pay.

Aug 10, 2020 05:35 PM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

No. I looked at it, but passed. For $3000.00 a year, you can hire someone to build you a nice and effective website. But you have to weigh how much business would be generated from Real Geeks vs a custom built website. Only way to know is to build a custom website and get a Realgeeks site, and compare results at end of 1 year trial. Remember, just because you have a custom built site doesn't mean people are going to find it. Plus you are responsible for backup, security, domain renewals, updates, hosting, industry changes, plug-ins, photography, site speed, all google related items, etc, etc, etc.

Aug 13, 2020 05:38 AM
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

I think that's a pretty steep price!  I have not used them.

Aug 12, 2020 12:56 PM