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Chris Locke
Acton, CA

With hosting accounts Wordpress should be free.

For that fee, there must be more than just the "Wordpress blogging platform

Where are you getting this price for $100 or $300/year?

Jul 11, 2015 11:01 PM
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Jonathan Denwood
Mail-Right - Reno, NV
Real Estate Services

Hi Jenna. WordPress is the right plateform for any real estate agent. I run a weekly podcast thats all about WordPress which has advice that usesful for beginners to experts. I'm sure you get some great tips and tricks by listing to the show. http://www.wp-tonic.com/

I be more then happy to give you some addtional advice just email me on jonathan@mail-right.com

Jul 14, 2015 08:19 AM
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

What is the $99 or $299 per year fee for?  Is that for the IDX?

Wordpress.org is what you should be using.  Wordpress is in fact free, but costs money to run: 1) monthly hosting fees, 2) paying web designer (could be 1 time fee) and sometimes 3) sometimes paying for theme, 4) paying yearly fee for domain.

1) hosting - I am currently paying $15/month = $180/yr.  You can have multiple domains for same amt.

2) this is your variable cost.  Could be $300-$1500 but that is a guess - varies based on what needs to get done and how expensive the place you use is.

3) theme - minimal (one time) - usually around $30-$50.  There may be some others that may be $100-$200.

4) domain cost - maybe $10-20 per year

IDX may cost you additional and I can't give you an opinion on that.  BUT, it's important that you do this on wordpress.org and have your own domain name.  Otherwise, you are probably wasting your time (plus your money...but we are not talking about a lot of money here.

Jul 11, 2015 11:20 PM
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Evelyn M Epperson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Johns Creek, GA
A Tradition Of [Excellence, Trust & Service]

I like wordpress as you can add plugins.  I blog and post my listing plus buyer/seller have to register on my website.

Jul 13, 2015 11:02 AM
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Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

I used Active Rain and a Wordpress Blog with IDX Jenna.

Jul 12, 2015 03:33 AM
Rainmaker
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Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School
Rowlett Real Estate School - Panama City, FL
Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor

I use worpress myself but I don't use it that much.

Jul 11, 2015 11:52 PM
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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Great question and will subscibe to the answers.

Jul 11, 2015 11:39 PM
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Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

ActiveRain is the best by far and cheaper and gives you SEO, training, social media types etc etc.  There is no comparison.  Why would you spen $300 a year for an inferior product?

Jul 11, 2015 10:31 PM