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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I am not a fan of any 3rd party site that takes our listing, gets leads and sells MY clients back to me.  AR does NOT do that...YET!   If it ever started I would drop the site on the spot.

If we were smart, we sould get back to only Real Estate agents having access to MLS.  If we had one avenue for people to go to, like it used to be, we wouldn't have to spend our time putting our info all over the different sites that skim off OUR clients.  WE don't need to put a listing out to 50 different sites.  WE have made a lot of work for ourselves and it has cost us a lot of money in lost clients.

Feb 22, 2015 03:59 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

John,

I for one am looking forward to the evolution of Move. com and Rupert Murdoch's deep pockets and journalistic reach.  This will be very interesting to witness.  

For those who really want to be the market leader in their community and top of mind, there are so many ways to do that where Zillow and Move.com have no power whatsoever.

All the power we are assigning to Z is in our minds...A

Feb 22, 2015 03:14 AM
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Richard L. McKinney P.A.
Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise - Port St Lucie, FL
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NAR needs real leadership at the national level that will bring all MLS' together, refuse third party syndication and keep the data that we worked hard to obtain to ourselves.

Feb 22, 2015 07:49 AM
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Ernest Villafranca
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate - Oakland, CA
3923 Grand Ave. Oakland CA, 510-418-9443

ListHub is cutting off Trulia on the 26th!

On the Friday the 27th we'll have a preview as to what happens to Zillow on April 7th.

Feb 22, 2015 12:10 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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John DL Arendsen It's business for them - and we should focus on our business - adopt to those changes, adjust your marketing budget and focus on lead generation with or without them.

These sites have changed the way consumers look at Real Estate for sure - and we should be thankful to them for showing us many different ways to serve our customers.

Feb 22, 2015 11:21 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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Denver is in such a HOT market, Z & T does not touch us, and I personally don't really care.   I have never bought leads, and constantly remind buyers and sellers those Zestimates are 50% accurate!   Would you want to hire someone only HALF RIGHT? 

Feb 22, 2015 03:29 AM
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John DL Arendsen
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Kathleen Luiten Great insight. I'm with you 100%. It would be sad to see that happen. Let's hope the opposite is true and that Z realizes what it has with AR. If AR is damaged its members will have the savvy to pick up and create another platform without an anchor dragging them down. But I have a feeling Z doesn't want that to happen.

Feb 28, 2015 10:38 PM
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Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

I really find value in AR. Z and T are low value IMO and I hope their culture won't degrade the AR experience.

Feb 28, 2015 06:39 PM
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Linda Metallo DiBenardo
RE/MAX Impact, Lockport, Illinois - Lockport, IL

The photo is from southern Italy.   As you head south of Naples towards the toe of Italy you will find extraordinary coastlines.

Feb 23, 2015 08:35 PM
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

As a Lender, I've found that Trulia has become less and less of a help to my business.  It's hard to find where info regarding Lenders is on the site anymore.  We've become pretty much invisible.  I understand that agents are the main focus ... but ...  

Gene

 

Feb 23, 2015 06:45 AM
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Ernest Villafranca
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate - Oakland, CA
3923 Grand Ave. Oakland CA, 510-418-9443

John, check out my post "ListHub Clamps Down on Trulia!" on Activerain. Type it in the search bar.

Feb 23, 2015 12:05 AM
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Linda Metallo DiBenardo
RE/MAX Impact, Lockport, Illinois - Lockport, IL

William Feela commented first and best.  I concur.   We have fiduciary responsibilies to our clients,  we have to input data correctly and a code of ethics for our behavior.  Then we give our info away to third party sites? for free?

 

Feb 22, 2015 09:30 PM
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John F Muscarella
RIVER FARM PROPERTIES, LLC - Venice, FL
Broker/Owner, Venice, FL, Florida's Suncoast

I'm closer to WIlliam Feela's view thatn most.  But I'm all for change in any industry that helps those working within it.  I also put some of the blame on MLS' who sell our data in the name of helping us.  

What I would like to see is the listing agent on any listing being featured prominently on any search page of results when someone clicks on the detail. Otherwise our listing is displayed with those featured agents who have spent the most money to be listed first as "local" experts.  

Mergers and aquisitions will always happen and consolidation is generally good.  This topic needs much more space to discuss.

Feb 22, 2015 07:57 PM
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Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

It was interesting to read through the comments on this question. 

Feb 22, 2015 05:02 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
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AR is just along for the ride as long as the ride is being offered. Z bought T and T owned Market Leader and ML owned ActiveRain. So they weren't after us, we came with the package and we will just have to see if they see any real value is us as a profit center or need to spin us off.

Feb 22, 2015 12:56 PM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
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I'm thinking nothing good is going to come of this, and I hope AR doesn't get messed around with too much, but my guts says I probably won't be here this time next year. 

Feb 22, 2015 10:08 AM
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Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239
Real Estate One - Commerce, MI
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Z & T is actually helping my business here in Detroit.  They are not going away.  Lots of changes coming in the business

Feb 22, 2015 09:31 AM
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John DL Arendsen
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Gabe Sanders Like the buying part in particular. Love to see that portfolio growing.

Feb 22, 2015 09:00 AM
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Nancy Laswick
United Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ
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The changes that will take place are predictable, we've seen them before in other consolidations. Fewer competitive choices, greater control of the marketplace for those who might want to gain entry and much greater control of those who use the consolidators services. I don't believe consolidation benefits any business other than the consolidators.

Feb 22, 2015 08:34 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Deep down gut feeling?  I really don't care that much.  Too busy selling and buying real estate.

Feb 22, 2015 04:50 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

It's business. The big get bigger.

Zulia has managed to become the ONLY consumer facing voice in real estate, They will have unprecedented power to manipulate the real estate market place to favor those who favor them (lenders and advertisers including big G and FB)

Notice what group is NOT on that list.

As a real estate professional, you are now facing the reality, YOU HAVE NO CHOICES. 

Resistance if futile. You will be assimilated into the dark side...if you lack courage. Those of courage still have the ember of light glowing within.

 

Feb 21, 2015 11:59 PM
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John DL Arendsen
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Ernest Villafranca Thanks for the HU. I just read and re blogged it. Interesting.

Feb 28, 2015 10:46 PM
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Linda Metallo DiBenardo Beautiful! We have Italy on our bucket list to re visit in the next couple of years. Specifically the Amalfi Coast.

Feb 23, 2015 11:06 PM
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John DL Arendsen
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Gene Mundt, Chicago-area Mortgage Lender - www.genemundt.com And it's so important to know where our milk money is coming from.

Feb 23, 2015 12:37 PM
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John DL Arendsen
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Linda Metallo DiBenardo Where on this Earth is that photo?

Feb 23, 2015 11:05 AM
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John DL Arendsen
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Debbie Reynolds well, I'd certainly love to be on the receiving end of that spinoff.

Feb 23, 2015 11:02 AM
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Pamela Seley, REALTOR® What do you mean by "SIDE YOUR ON"?

Feb 22, 2015 10:47 PM
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Cheryl Ritchie I wouldn't expect any less from this group. That's why I asked the question.

Feb 22, 2015 10:45 PM
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John F Muscarella Spot on my friend. I agree with you 100% Very well thought out and articulated. Best answer so far no doubt.

Feb 22, 2015 10:37 PM
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Linda Metallo DiBenardo Couldn't agree more. Would love to see a face with the name.

Feb 22, 2015 10:35 PM
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Russ Ravary I'll bet!

Feb 22, 2015 10:34 PM
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Praful Thakkar Appreciate and respect your insightful words of wisdom and have reset and adjusted my focus long ago. I'm just curious about this new deal and seeking sound info and advice from folks like you. 

Feb 22, 2015 10:33 PM
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Ernest Villafranca Interesting.  What does "ListHub is cutting off Trulia on the 26th!" mean? Sorry but I don't know anything about them.

Not sure about this either. "On the Friday the 27th we'll have a preview as to what happens to Zillow on April 7th."

Feb 22, 2015 10:30 PM
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Debbie Laity Woah! I hope you're wrong about that kiddo. You've been a very valuable and worthy member/contributor far too long to let it all slip away. I'm hoping that Z will realize just how much information, knowledge and talent they have in their midst and that there's enough synergy among us to create quite a favorable impact be it on Z or another blogging platform altogether.

Feb 22, 2015 10:48 AM
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Annette Lawrence Sure would love to see the face behind all these wordse of wisdom sometime.

Feb 22, 2015 09:03 AM
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Joan Cox Better than hiring someone half wrong. LOL! Thanks for stopping by.

Feb 22, 2015 09:01 AM
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Richard L. McKinney P.A. Not totally understanding how that would impact the Z & T deal.

Feb 22, 2015 08:59 AM
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Nancy Laswick Interesting perspective. 

Feb 22, 2015 08:58 AM
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Ron & Alexandra Seigel Thanks for the HU on Move.com. I'm not too worried about Z as I'm starting to shift more into commerical RE anyway. However, I've always been frustrated about their erroneous Zestimate platform.

Feb 22, 2015 08:55 AM
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William Feela Very well articulated.

Feb 22, 2015 08:49 AM