Spam prevention
Rainmaker
1,484,621
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

The ones you don't have to pay for:
Your blog
Your website
Your online marketing

Don't get sucked into buying leads.  The ROI is meager, at best. There are way more effective way of spending your dollars.  Your blog, website and other online marketing efforts are the least expensive best way of generating ongoing leads for the long term.  

Dec 19, 2016 06:20 AM
Ambassador
3,713,529
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Not a single one if you are talking about sites that sell leads.  Try your own website, your own blog and maybe some social networking sites.  

Dec 19, 2016 07:09 AM
Rainmaker
1,308,072
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Amen to what Carol Williams said!  Those that you don't have to pay for.  Blog, Website (ok, that one may cost a little), online marketing, branding, etc. 

Example: I ran into a local agent at a Christmas party for a firearms training school.  He recognized me because my photo is all over my listing photos.  Branding.  Name and face recognition.  Boom!

Dec 19, 2016 10:20 AM
Rainmaker
3,496,061
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I prefer offline

calling soi

direct marketing

working open houses

working fsbo's

working expires

 

Dec 19, 2016 07:14 AM
Rainmaker
1,593,553
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Your own activities online. No PPC, all content driven through blogs, organic SEO.

Dec 19, 2016 06:21 AM
Rainmaker
1,620,491
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

There are no good online lead generation sites. I don't think you are clear as to what question you are asking.

Dec 19, 2016 07:38 AM
Ambassador
4,257,035
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Steer away from sites that charge for leads. Focus on generating leads through your sphere, blogging, doing open houses, onlinemarketing including social media sites

Dec 19, 2016 07:27 AM
Rainmaker
4,933,932
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Nicole,

What Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386 , Carol Williams and Patricia Kennedy said.  A

Dec 19, 2016 07:13 AM
Rainmaker
3,507,058
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder! Carol Williams , Patricia Kennedy , Richard WeeksSandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386 all  provided a good answer.

Dec 19, 2016 10:32 AM
Rainmaker
3,485,884
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I pass on buying leads, work your own network

 

Dec 19, 2016 09:23 AM
Rainmaker
2,888,301
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Your own website

Your own efforts with blogging

Your own knowledge of the communities you serve

Your ability to stay connected with clients and get repeat and referral business

Your ability to network with other agents and receive referrals

Dec 19, 2016 01:32 PM
Rainmaker
1,918,026
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I don't buy online leads

Dec 19, 2016 07:16 AM
Rainmaker
3,647,651
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I only use the Rain and no pay per lead sites!

Dec 19, 2016 06:20 AM
Rainmaker
3,186,452
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

The best online generation ihave is my Active Rain blog.  No pay per lead service has come even close to what i can generate on my own. 

Dec 19, 2016 06:16 AM
Ambassador
2,728,272
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

1. Your website 

2. Your own blog 

3. ActiveRain 

4. Facebook Ads and Live streams 

Dec 19, 2016 02:06 PM
Rainmaker
864,106
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

1. Your own leads 

2. Your own leads

3. Your own leads

4. Your own leads

5. Generate your own leads.

Dec 19, 2016 09:20 AM
Rainmaker
5,899,379
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Blog about what is most effective for you.

Dec 19, 2016 08:57 AM
Ambassador
1,706,708
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

It depends on your target markets.

Dec 19, 2016 08:07 AM
Rainmaker
4,432,941
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Others have answered.

Dec 19, 2016 06:59 AM
Ambassador
4,768,372
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
  1. Active RAin Localism posts
  2. Active RAin Localism posts
  3. Active RAin Localism posts
  4. Active RAin Localism posts
  5. Active RAin Localism posts
Dec 19, 2016 07:16 PM
Rainmaker
3,985,581
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Any free site would rate in the top 5 for me.  You cut your throat and others in this profession when you patronize these sites

Dec 19, 2016 01:50 PM
Ambassador
2,209,980
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

The general consensus is to NOT pay for leads. I think there are better, less expensive ways to generate business. 

Dec 19, 2016 01:25 PM
Ambassador
2,470,382
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Your blog.

Your website.

Your IDX.

Your social media sites.

You.

Dec 19, 2016 11:05 AM
Rainmaker
823,160
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

A special report from Inman begins,

What you will observe is the 'rich agents' do use online lead generation companies. The question to ask yourself is why?

Because of the agreements between these websites and how mobile users are treated differently by each enterprise, ranking which lead aggregatee is more significant is increasingly difficult. Be aware, if you use online of free access software on your computer the results you see will be dramatically skewed because your 'location' will be an important element determining the results you will see.

Since Trulia is now owned by Zillow, it becomes easy to see who owns the dominate consumer voice in real estate.

As others have made clear, it may be in your best interest to learn how to generate leads using tools such as: website, blogs, adwords, Facebook ads.

 

Dec 19, 2016 07:19 AM
Rainmaker
526,160
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

call sphere

call past clients

open houses

call FSBO's

call expireds

 

Sep 17, 2017 10:25 AM
Rainmaker
4,394,873
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Start working on YOUR online presence, and you will see leads coming without paying.

Dec 21, 2016 07:07 AM
Rainmaker
583,502
Eileen Burns
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FL Probate Agent, Hotel & Land Specialist

Welcome to Active Rain Nicole! I am anxious to see the answers to this very good question.  I am in process of exploring IDX then lead gen.  Since you are in Miami...we should connect.  I live in Hollywood

Dec 20, 2016 05:42 PM
Rainmaker
3,066,356
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Patricia Kennedy nailed this one!

Dec 20, 2016 04:34 AM
Ambassador
3,724,720
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Don't pay for it - whatever you decide to do when it comes to online leads! Use your blog and your website for leads but, more importantly, work your sphere...your past clients, your neighbors and farm!  

Dec 19, 2016 07:57 PM
Rainmaker
3,065,891
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Nicole Schuery Other members answered properly.

Dec 19, 2016 05:42 PM
Rainmaker
4,798,831
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I really don't have a clue.

Dec 19, 2016 05:01 PM
Rainmaker
1,157,329
FN LN
Toronto, ON

What is the criteria for "top 5"?

Dec 19, 2016 03:39 PM
Rainmaker
5,398,049
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

learn to market online and use your own website first....then go to other sites, including ActiveRain....

Dec 19, 2016 03:34 PM
Ambassador
4,306,997
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Nicole Schuery calls, notes. pop-bys, customer parties and business mixer. None of them would expect you to spend thousands of dollars.

Coaching from Buffini & Company.

Dec 19, 2016 03:12 PM
Rainer
43,410
steve weiser
ReMax Evolution - Dana Point, CA
Real Estate Agent

ECHO App

Apple App store

search ECHO-gram

great for prospecting ... FSBOs and Expired ///

Dec 19, 2016 01:42 PM