John West, Let's talk about your Real Estate Goals (West Real Estate Group)

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Rainmaker
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

I use a flier box with a "sorry we're out of fliers" sign and then a text rider for instant info and photos as an alternative to the paper flier...which were never there to begin with.

Jun 13, 2017 06:15 PM
Rainmaker
3,021,941
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I have stopped in some as they get stolen faster than i can get them out in some homes. 

Jun 13, 2017 07:03 PM
Rainmaker
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I don't... people use those to eliminate homes not select them. Have never once had a call from a flyer in a box... but I do get calls from my number on a sign.

Jun 14, 2017 03:47 AM
Rainmaker
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Erika Rae Albert, Austin Real Estate Expert
E*Rae Real Estate Group- Brokered by eXp Realty LLC - Austin, TX
Exceeding Expectations in Every Transaction

I do not.  I want potential buyers to contact me for more info so I get their contact info!  I used to print them and I still usually print less than 20 copies to hand out to specific people I think may know someone who is interested in the property, give one to owner, and I put one in a property book inside the house.

Jun 13, 2017 07:52 PM
Rainmaker
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

They are still very well used in our area John West 

Jun 13, 2017 06:56 PM
Rainmaker
3,832,783
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

I stopped using flier boxes years ago! Definitely have them inside for buyers with appointments but in our local area outside flier boxes are not used.

Jun 13, 2017 06:39 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I stopped using flyers about 2 years ago when I began using the text riders. I do still put them inside the house for a buyer or agent to pick up. I love being able to capture the phone number of interested buyers.

Jun 13, 2017 06:36 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Paper flyers were never a great idea unless your intent was to waste a lot of photo copies to litter the nearby yards.

I am glad that every home now has the needed details with a few clicks of the smart phone.

Jun 13, 2017 05:19 PM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

I have given it up years ago & I'll throw in the QR code as another useless tool.

Jun 14, 2017 04:30 AM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

No!  Save the trees - use a text capture sign! 

Jun 13, 2017 08:58 PM
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Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
Jun 13, 2017 06:26 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

If they stopped completely...I dont think they would be missed

Jun 13, 2017 06:16 PM
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Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

      If you use flyers, glue one to the inside of the plexi-glass box, so that the box will never be "empty".

Jun 13, 2017 06:14 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

John West - no flyer box from me.

The rider with a text 'yyyy' to 'xxxx' is a better way to capture the lead rather than giving away free flyers. Just my two cents.

Jun 13, 2017 10:22 PM
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John West
West Real Estate Group - Boise, ID
Let's talk about your Real Estate Goals

Wow, as a new Active Rain Member, I am blown away by all of your feedback and comments. Thank you! I so do appreciate all your insight as it really helps me on this topic. Based on what I have experienced, and your feedback, it seems like the best use of time, technology, and ways to capture leads and convert them will be for us to continue using the text feature and sign riders. Again, thank you for your insights!

Jun 13, 2017 10:07 PM
Rainmaker
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Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

We don't use flyer boxes but we do use text riders. -Kasey

Jun 13, 2017 07:42 PM
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Anna Hatridge
Goodson Realty - Farmington, MO
Missouri Realtor with Goodson Realty

I certainly use them in rural locations where cell service is spotty.

Jun 13, 2017 07:39 PM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Haven't used them in a while although they are avaialble to buyers and agents walking through.

Jun 13, 2017 06:25 PM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I do use fryers and leave those at the property for potential buyers to take with them.

Jun 14, 2017 05:59 AM
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Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

I put them in the box, they disappear, nobody calls. Waste of paper.

Jun 14, 2017 05:51 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I don't have use the boxes on sign posts but have brochures in the property for open house events, broker caravans and individual showings.  

Jun 14, 2017 05:34 AM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I do not use flyer boxes - IMO publishing all the information keeps potential buyers from calling - I want them to call

Jun 14, 2017 05:22 AM
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Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

I use flyers and a box attached to my sign. I have to keep filling the box so I know people are taking them...unless it's kids...lol

Jun 14, 2017 05:12 AM
Rainmaker
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Not any more waste of money (IMHO).

Jun 14, 2017 04:51 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

The typical real estate agent fliers is a waste of time, energy and a perfectly good tree.

However, a flier that has traceability is an invaluable tool.

The fliers I use not only as a little about the house but presents the reader with three options corresponding to where they are in the buying process.

Fliers create more activity from buyers and sellers, for me, than Active Rain.

If an agent does not know how to use a flier, I suggest they spare the tree.

Jun 14, 2017 04:38 AM
Rainmaker
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Yes. Some sellers still prefer them, and there are still many places with spotty cell phone service, so texting and accessing internet from your phone is not possible. Just don't put all the fliers in the box at one time. Give a supply to the sellers, and ask them to add them as they see the box getting empty.

Jun 14, 2017 04:37 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I did years agom but not anymore..people took the flyers and vey seldom did they result in a call

Jun 13, 2017 09:56 PM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Yes. I believe in traditional sale.  Except my rider-TOO LATE was stolen.....

Jun 13, 2017 07:53 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Some prospects still like them. Most are on the internet.

Jun 13, 2017 06:23 PM
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Mike Kelly,CRS,CIPS
The MJKelly Team - Santa Rosa, CA
"One of Sonoma County's Natural Resources"

Sometimes it is NOT about havng success with a marketing tool but demonstrating to the Seller that they may be overpriced. Also it appeals to an older cohort who still cling to paper as their main method of research or reading. Most decent MLS systems have mapping tools and others that allow someone just to point and get information from their smart phones. If I give the Seller 20 flyers and they are gone in a week with no offers I point this out to them. Same as if you had 10 shows and NO offers. Somethings wrong!

Jun 13, 2017 05:41 PM
Rainmaker
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

We did try the flyer box one time and the flyers were picked clean by neighbors. When replaced, the moisture in the Florida humid weather caused them to stick together and become a very poor presentation. We use text signs and they work much better and capture the info on the requestor.

Jun 17, 2017 07:31 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I have stopped putting flyers in a flyer box out front.  With the smartphones, buyers can find listings easily.

Jun 17, 2017 06:22 AM
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Shanelle Cahill
The Wyman Group - Kokomo, IN
Full Service Real Estate

My brokerage does not as they got sued before when someone broke their ankle on the sidewalk and claimed the fliers were the reason he got out of the car and therefor the reason for his broken ankle. And I think this may help weed out the serious buyers. If they're really interested they can call or look it up.

Jun 15, 2017 05:51 PM
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Ruth Grainger-Starr
Grainger Realty - Cripple Creek, CO
providing AWESOME real estate adventures

I still use them since we are in a tourist area and people walk around. As far as what I use it depends on the property. I have had pretty good luck with it. 

Jun 15, 2017 11:29 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I stopped using them, since they disappear fast, but in unknown directions. People just like taking them even if they do not need that. 

Jun 14, 2017 11:28 PM
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Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

I haven't used them for years.  I will make flyers for the inside if I think the home will sit on the market long enough for me to have them printed.

Jun 14, 2017 12:40 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I use flyers but not the flyer box.

Jun 14, 2017 11:41 AM
Rainmaker
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I do not use flyers, I want interested persons to contact me.  Can't pickup a buyer if they look at the flyer and see it's too much money.

Jun 14, 2017 09:04 AM
Rainmaker
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Yes, I still use them if clients want them and 80% of clients think it is a must to have them.

 

Jun 14, 2017 08:17 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

I do not. I let them go with the dinosaurs. 

Jun 14, 2017 08:10 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

we use brochure boxes and have brochures in them for subdivisions prior to a model home being available.....the boxes are filled several times a week....

Jun 14, 2017 07:00 AM
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Harry F. D'Elia
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

people still like paper

Jun 14, 2017 06:09 AM
Rainmaker
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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

I no longer use them, but I know that folks driving by homes like to have something to grasp in their hands.

Jun 14, 2017 05:39 AM
Rainmaker
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I stopped paper fliers a while back. Seems like they have served their purpose in the past and new techniques are now available and more beneficial. 

Jun 14, 2017 05:21 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Have not for years...

Jun 14, 2017 04:52 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Not in many years. We use electronic sign riders. When I go by paper boxes they are normally empty. 

Jun 14, 2017 03:47 AM
Rainmaker
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

John,

It depends on the market place.  It is a good idea for big ranch properties, but not luxury homes.  

Jun 13, 2017 10:26 PM