Richard Hebert Jr. ZRT all receive their data legitimately, so REDPLANN isn't really an issue here. Aaron Johnson, I think ZRT would continue to prosper, even with a new model like this. Brokers overwhelmingly want their listings on these sites. The idea here is to create a new channel, not one that puts everyone else out of business.
Great info everyone. So, what are some other examples where you, as a listing agent, feel it's in the seller's best interest not to list a home on the MLS?
Leslie Ebersole no part of the NAR budget goes to Move Inc. at one point I think NAR used some reserves to improve their stake in Move, but they don't pay Move on an annual basis.
Mike Carson I'm quite confident that both Zillow and Trulia have planes for Canada. Not that I have seen them directly.
Tim, LOL. I just think it's amazing that there are clients/agents who will post listings to Craigslist, Facebook, and the church cork board, and then there are others that don't even want them in the MLS. I guess I understand both points of view. Thanks!
Todd, I agree. Wasn't so much looking for a new model to tear down existing ones, as I was saying that crying about policing the existing data is not a solution but rather the same old noise, kind of like trying to keep the water in a firehose by putting your hands over the nozzle.
I agree that there are legitimate concerns over how some 3rd (and 4th!) parties utilize listings data, and that we need to address the issue. I just don't believe REDPLANN will suffice. If we, as realtors, want a solution to the misuse, we need to come up with a solution that takes on the existing portals head on by providing a BETTER mousetrap than they are giving the public, not trying to stop them. Crying in our beers won't do it.
As to accuracy in ZTR's, well, a lot of that fault can be laid directly at our doorsteps: a lot of this data is submitted by us through syndication sites, and then we don't update the data.
As radical an idea as a partnership between the NAR and Google appears, at least it's a conversation in the right direction.
Solutions, not bitching.
Todd Carpenter - short answer - yes, long answer is while with most themes you are sort of pidgeon-holes into a specific layout (which can also be hacked, if you will), frameworks presume that you'll write your own customizations to CSS. The way I look at the naked frameworks is as just a clean page to work in and design whatever you want:-)
You can get a very nice netbook with a long battery life that will do all you need and weigh about albs for around $400 or so. Pretty convenient, powerful and won't break the bank.
I just finished reading Todd Carpenter’s report called “Why Online Consumers Love Zillow and Trulia More than You”,
Last year, my husband replaced his desktop and I was 99% sure he was going to get a mini. Until he came home with a Gateway SX2850 - it's small but powerful machine with a decent price tag. He's been very happy with it.
*ducking before the Mac heads pelt me with eggs*