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How many people are laptop only. Part of me likes the idea, but the thought of only having one computer scares the heck out of me if there is a problem. I have a desktop and laptop now, and I've built/repaired all my own gear for 15 years. I'm a heavy computer user and the thought of being laptop only and having a system failure that I can't fix in hours or a day scares the %$#@ out of me. There are a lot of people who count on me, which means that I can't really have computer downtime. Thoughts?
Phone geeks, answer me this. Has Android really gotten better in the past year? I had an IPhone (loved it, but screen size was disappointing) Went to Android, and it was no where near as good as I expected. Too many lock ups, limitations and I'm not rooting my phone just to use it. Also, from a battery perspective I've NEVER had to spend so much time charging. I went to a Windows Phone a little over a year ago, and it's been the best phone yet. Sure there are not as many apps, but the phone, and what it does for business use as well as being Microsoft Office and PDF friendly as well as crash proof has been terrific. Going forward, I'm coming up on an upgrade soon and the "phablets" look like a terrific option. I told the Apple Store guys 2+ years ago that my dream phone was an IPad that was a phone. They laughed at me, but look at where we are now. Last week the same guy I talked to then said that he could see the issue and that more people were expressing the same want. I see Android Phones with screens approaching 6 inches which is appealing, but I just can't see Android as a business friendly platform from my past experience. (heavy phone, email and text, as well as docs, and of course simply not needing to be on a charger all day) I've built and repaired my computers for 20 years (as well as many for friends and family) so I do have a high tech ability but no matter how much I limited the open apps and other things, the previous Android phone was too unstable and power hungry. My current Windows Phone charges 2-3 times faster than the Android did.
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I'm actually going to agree with the licensing. There is far too much potential for money laundering, etc with a biz like this. It would be far too easy for a small biz to rack up hundreds of small transactions, @2.75% which is a phenomenal return on "cleaning" funds. I'm a huge fan of innovation, but there is a danger with letting something like this go on without some sort of regulations/checks and balances.
I like Apple, had an IPhone but needed a larger screen. I've got an IPad which is my favorite toy, but I can't go to Apple for a laptop or desktop. Nothing against it, but I'm just way too familiar with PC and the issues/fixing them to switch now. I've always had good back up systems in place.
IF their motivation is "a cut" then a pox on all of them. Coming from the startup/financial world before Real Estate (over 12 years ago now) I can understand a need to "lock this down" a bit. All they have to do is hack the card reader, and then with software alone they can process hundreds (or more) transactions per day. All of this with no one looking at international transactions or large numbers of deals to the same entity. It would be a DREAM situation for groups to scrub AND move large amounts of funds at record high profits. My law enforcement friends told me years ago that it cost 30% to 50% to clear funds. At that point, 2.75% is a joke.
I started to answer why the employee model doesn't work and then I thought " Why are we having this discussion yet again?" No one who has tried it has been able to make it work. Redfin is a VC funded company, so even though they are still currently in business, no one knows whether is actually working or not. Foxton's is still alive and well in the UK, where they started and where they are one of the largest firms in the country, but the whole business there is very different. As far as agent's and technology and compensation models -- there are several problems with the question; 1. Its too simplistic 2. Agents affiliation with real estate firms are based on far more than technology 3. Technology is only one part of a company's value proposition to agents 4. The business model of the company determines what is "given" and what is "charged for" and how the company will be profitable 5. There is no single answer to that question because agents are not all the same 6. It has nothing to do with the future- it is actually a question that brokerages answer now- every day, in a bunch of different way Gotta go do real estate stuff for a bit now - play nice with each other :)
Bob, sometimes you have to generalize. Marketing is all about the statistics. Bounce rate may not jump for every market or site requiring registration, but the numbers suggest that it's far more likely than passive or prompted registration. Just playing the numbers... In your scenario, I wouldn't necessarily call that bounce rate, but still required registration. In that situation, you're absolutely right, the IDX may just suck and the disengagement may not be caused by requiring registration. Suzanne has an excellent point - we prompt the registration after a couple property views, but never force it. It works for us. Doesn't mean other strategies wouldn't work too - seems like forced registration works great for others in this group/string. I don't make the sites for myself - we provide them for agents and brokers all across North America - so we test and test and play the numbers at the end of the day.