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Rainmaker
874,432
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

99% of my business comes from my website

Dec 26, 2016 07:38 AM
Rainmaker
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

I'll stop myself from saying that's a ridiculous question, ooops I just did!

But .... if you have 3-4 sites NOT working for your benefit then the $30-50 per month is a waste of time & energy. I have 2 that are working & one that is a complete dud. I do wonder if I should dump it - BUT .... be sure that you have put in the time to have it 'work for you'. 

You have to learn SEO, etc to benefit you & your business.  I have too many people in my office to expect their site to be a magic bullet & it's not.

Dec 26, 2016 05:12 AM
Rainmaker
812,775
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

How did it benefit them?

It is worth $50 dollars a month?

Do you think you have a better, more economical option?

Tell us what else you are considering.

What do do to enhance? This topic is too significant of a AR Q & A.

Dec 26, 2016 04:52 AM
Rainmaker
3,448,020
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I get 65+% of my business from repeat and referral clients. You better have a website today if you want any street cred with potential buyers and especially sellers. Is it worth $30-50/month? Where do you find anything of value for that kind of money?

Dec 26, 2016 04:03 AM
Rainmaker
1,297,712
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

My site costs me $50/yr at most!  It's my 24/7 salesman and helps promote my listings.

Dec 26, 2016 10:17 AM
Rainmaker
1,373,602
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

30 to 50 a month?  Does that include an IDX platform?  That alone will run you more than 30 -50 a month.  Use landing pages to create a want to attract leads - BUT you need an IDX platform.

Dec 26, 2016 09:40 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

My website is free, so is my AR site.  But the AR site is the one that earns my respect.

Dec 26, 2016 01:58 AM
Rainmaker
3,064,059
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

It's a destination that other marketing directs visitors to.  And it's free.

Dec 26, 2016 04:35 AM
Rainmaker
1,561,641
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Yes, I think a personal web site is necessary, but it has to be one that can be found by google, and offers value to potential clients. Can they easily search for homes, sign up for notifications, get information on the process/etc?

Dec 26, 2016 04:32 AM
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Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

 No.  Instead of a website, take out $600 per page print media ads.  Spend your day walking around neighborhoods and knocking on doors.  Ignore the DNC list and cold-call potential buyers and sellers.

  Just kidding... of course it is worth $30 to $50 per month!!!! 

Dec 26, 2016 06:14 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Totally worth it and what Sheri Sperry - MCNE® said - you HAVE to have an IDX to attract buyers and, of course, the website itself for your sellers.

Dec 26, 2016 05:55 PM
Rainmaker
4,798,519
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

It's worth much more to me than that. (And, I spend more for it also.)

Dec 26, 2016 04:56 PM
Rainmaker
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Get / build your own WordPress site. Write good local content. Ensure the site and the content is good bait for the search engines. Integrate IDX on the site. SEO the IDX pages. Have a call to action and ways to be reached on the site and on every page. 

Dec 26, 2016 03:49 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Web presence is worth lot more than $30-$50/month.

Though I attract my clients working by referrals with Buffini & Company.

Good Luck.

Dec 26, 2016 02:56 PM
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Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

If you have IDX on your website with a robust version that you can build out pages to get indexed by google out of, you would be paying $59 per month just for the IDX, for IDX broker or $400 + a year for FLEX MLS IDX. 

Then you have your hosting which will range from $5 per month paid annually to $25 per month, depending on the hosting company you choose. 

So I don't see a decent website costing less than $65 per month. 

I am not sure which kind of agent website you are referring to. 

If you are talking about a templated website that your  company gives you or one that you get where all you do is fill in your name. ... then I would say NO, it is not worth it because that website is never going to get found onlne by your prospects. 

IF you are doing that, I would suggest you at least get a cheap Placester website for the $5 per month they charge with your NAR discount. At least there you can blog and make it look a little decent. 

That all being said, your website should fit your audience. It should wow your sellers if you get listings and it should make your buyers never want to leave if you are set up for buyers. A website is something you market off line to your sellers. It is all about positioning. 

Dec 26, 2016 02:41 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Mine costs double that and it is worth it because it has an IDX feed and CRM incorporated.

Dec 26, 2016 01:39 PM
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Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

keep blogging

Dec 26, 2016 09:26 AM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Even really good websites that attract clients do not necessarily attract quality clients.  I think it's important to put together a web site that will have enough SEO in your name to help your old buyers find you, and to help the quality prospects that you pick up from referrals or Open Houses bond with you.

Dec 26, 2016 09:06 AM
Rainmaker
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Yes. Mandatory if you want to be contracted from WWW.

Dec 26, 2016 07:45 AM
Rainmaker
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

pay attention to what Lyn Sims gave you for an answer....nothing more needs to be said...

Dec 26, 2016 07:25 AM
Rainmaker
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

It is worth it.

Dec 26, 2016 04:57 AM
Rainmaker
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

If it does not work for you, try something else!

Dec 26, 2016 06:32 AM
Rainmaker
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I think that the question could have been in 1 post instead of 3 and part of AR is to include who you are. I attract more clients through my Active Rain blog than any website. It includes promiting one self in q and a and through being active in Active Rain, therefore people need to see who you are to build a rapport. 

Dec 26, 2016 05:54 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Everyone should have one.

Dec 26, 2016 05:45 AM
Rainmaker
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Blog about your selection and your success.

You need an effective website if you are going to be in the real estate business.

Dec 26, 2016 05:18 AM