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This is why this page is so relevant at this time. This is on the front page of the local paper for today's enjoyment! http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/realestate/bar-suspends-clearwater-attorney-for-involvement-in-agents-dubious-real/1203232
Our MLS is password protected and a large number of the agents use electronic lockboxes. The banks require combo lockboxes on their homes so it would be more difficult to mandate electronic but most agents in our market use electronic because of safety. I can't imagine not using electronic lockboxes. If I were a seller, I would not allow any other kind.
The other side of the story is; my parents built their first home in 1958. Paid for it as they went and it took almost 3 years and 3500 to secure. They sold it 8 years later for 13500. They bought 15 acres and used the 13500 to build a new home in 1969. It has been shelter for 40 years and is worth 450-550 today. At one point it was valued at 900k. How can you predict what the future holds. It has offered so much more than an investment. Run the numbers anyway you want but in their retirement years having a home that is paid for has been a huge blessing! The trick is to focus on paying it off!
James Dwiggins I also think of Web MD first when I get sick... It doesn't lead me to the Dr. I choose in the least. I don't associate Web MD with a human. Maybe that's how people "use" Redfin too. If the top of mind awareness isn't trickling down into real business, something is broken.
RE BarCamp Is always great and invigorating. Some of the best classes I have taken still fall within CRS....Ed Hatch teaches s great class about building your referral business. I took the course several years ago and it still has a positive affect on how I build and retain my referral clients