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Rainmaker
921,504
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Chris Webb provided exceptional guidance.

You must be aware the greatest cost of a CRM is not the monthly fee but your investment in setup, configuration, testing, training and implementation. When you invest the 80 hours needed, you are already in to deep to spend those resources again. Now you are stuck with a program whose trial period has expired.

So, before you enroll in that FREE TRIAL, make sure you have a designed test plan that verifies the features you need actually work. One NC based CRM is simply too dangerous for a professional to use.

But to do that, you need to have an idea regarding where you business is going? To get there what tools, resources will you need? Is your business based on 1980 technology with drip campaigns and post cards or do you need a business model that places you where those, NOT in the sunset years of their real estate career, need to be.

You have REAL decisions to make. As a result of your effort, you will want to consider either:

WiseAgent.com

SurgarCRM.com

Remember the REAL cost is not in the program, but the investment of your human resources.

May 19, 2015 10:27 PM
Rainer
5,180
Donna Flaherty
Douglas Elliman Realty - Islip, NY

I have never known an industry that uses more acronyms that ours. What is a CRM?

May 19, 2015 10:37 PM
Rainmaker
4,933,390
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Top Producer is excellent however their is a lot to learn.  Many of our agents use Insightly.  The very best one is the one you will use.

May 19, 2015 08:54 PM
Rainmaker
4,800,132
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

There are many.  Try looking at your friends and see which one you like.

Dec 19, 2018 07:13 AM
Rainer
435,638
Rich Gaasenbeek
IXACT Contact Real Estate CRM - Toronto, ON
Real Estate CRM & Marketing Made Easy!

Check out IXACT Contact.  The 5 week free trial and outstanding customer support team gives you the time you need to assess whether it's right for you.  In general, agents praise it for being easy to use, well organized and they love the monthly e-Newsletter that comes with the system.

May 21, 2015 05:20 AM
Rainmaker
4,320,142
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Burlington, MA
Metro Boston Homes For Sale

By far the best CRM I have come across JJ Canull  is from Buffini and Company - ReferralMaker! It's your one stop shop for everything you need for your real estate business.

And of course, there are TopProducer, MarketLeader, RealltyJuggler and many others!

May 19, 2015 10:08 AM
Rainer
66,249
Chris Webb
Nova Home Loans - Tucson, AZ
Tucson's Social Media Expert

Really depends on your budget and what you would like to have with it. For example, if you are marketing yourself and properties through a separate source a CRM can be a simple excel spreadsheet. If you need to add marketing to your business look for one with marketing options.  

I would also ask - does it work with my website? If you have a WordPress site is there a widget and is it an additional cost? 

What types of flexibility does it offer, can I input a lead through my phone?

Does it allow for video or image uploads on the spot? 

Great question - remember CRM is about you managing your relationships, not automated marketing or any other technical sales jargon. You managed to get this far because you are probably able to manage your existing database without one. 

May 19, 2015 06:11 AM