Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Frederick Griffin, Exclusive Buyer's Broker)

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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Broker

I've had several clients invite me to this.  I joined and then deleted. Another client invited me ... I joined.  It is a good resource for all things "neighborhood".  City Council, Police, etc. also post there. Its a good way to "keep up" with things.  These days, I see a lot of government postings regarding the flood ... websites for financial assistance, gathering volunteers to help with clean up efforts, etc.  Neighborhoods post questions asking for dog care, contractors, etc. People sell stuff ... free stuff ... it is worth joining to see if the experience is something that you want. You can even claim your business on the site.  I have not done that ... yet. 

Mar 02, 2017 10:28 AM
Rainmaker
421,321
Tom Burris
NMLS# 335055 - Baton Rouge, LA
Texas/Louisiana Mortgage Pro - 13 YRS Experience

good.

i used it for my last neighborhood and the new one as well.

as a hoa board member, i found it a good tool to communicate with the community.

YOU need to be the' go to' realtor in your neighborhood. post a lot of stuff. 

 

Mar 02, 2017 10:25 AM
Rainmaker
1,990,386
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Fred Griffin Nextdoor.com is a good resource to communicate with neighbors in your local community.

Mar 02, 2017 04:37 PM
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Anna Banana Kruchten
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Fred funny that this question came up today.  I met with another agent yesterday and she was telling me she loves it to find local stuff. Not sure how it works for business.

Mar 02, 2017 10:41 AM
Rainer
441,845
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
AZuRE Team - Realty ONE Group - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale Real Estate

Here's the deal with NextDoor, Fred, from my experience.

You're supposed to live in the neighborhood of the NextDoor you choose. NextDoor is for neighbors. I lied and cheated and had an account in a farm area. 

Kinda fun at the beginning, where all the folks exchange emails about all sorts of stuff. BUT! But it is 'inappropriate' if you do or say anything to promote your business - you'll be quickly chastised (or cut off) because you are not supposed to advertise or promote. Second, way too many emails and it clutters my inbox with all sorts of useless comments and questions, endorsements and people looking for stuff... etc... like 'who wants to babysit my dog today at 3pm...'

So, I cancelled my account.

So if you are looking to join to promote yourself, I suggest you pass. Start a Facebook page about your community or a LinkedIn page.... then you can kick off the competition!!!! LOL

 

Mar 02, 2017 12:37 PM
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Jeff Dowler
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

I am a member of my lcoal community and the one where I used to live. It's a good resource for buying and selling things, getting updates on what's happening in the community (coyote issues, for example), and recommendations for vendors.

Mar 02, 2017 11:28 AM
Rainmaker
3,709,022
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

It is popular in our area. 

Mar 03, 2017 05:57 AM
Rainmaker
713,228
Susan Laxson CRS
Palm Properties International - Naples, FL
Local Knowledge & Global Network

It is used a lot in my neighborhood to provide recommended service providers, handyman, doctors, dentists etc.. The police use it to post warnings of local crimes. Neighbors complain about HOA activities etc.. We, as real estate agents, are not supposed to post about our business or promote it. But we can welcome new neighbors to the area and provide information on things to do etc...

Mar 03, 2017 03:54 AM
Rainmaker
1,633,263
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor

I belong to the one in my community... keeps me apprised of what's going on and sometimes I can actually help out a neighbor.

Mar 03, 2017 03:28 AM
Rainmaker
2,417,502
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

I belong but only use it to keep informed of neighborhood(and those surrounding) happenings and not for business purposes.   

Mar 03, 2017 12:32 AM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

I use it like Kathleen Daniels described - don't advertise yourself though - it's not very well received!!  I like offering help with questions about particular venders - roofers, plumbers, etc.  

Mar 02, 2017 08:46 PM
Rainmaker
500,837
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS
Big Block Realty - La Jolla, CA
Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast

I've been a member of mine for years, I use it a lot and occasionally get a client from it. It's quite legit, but meant to be a community board, not a hard core networking or trolling for leads site.

Mar 02, 2017 05:31 PM
Rainmaker
2,835,431
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ Subsidiary of NRT, LLC - Austin, TX
Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale

I'm on ours..it works well if you service your area..no advertising but is good to keep a handle on what is going on! You can post in the business section and get reviews..it works for me.

Mar 02, 2017 04:42 PM
Rainmaker
1,437,308
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

We have 13 neighborhoods and nearly 1,000 households signed up in my Primary Market  !!!

Mar 02, 2017 03:14 PM
Rainmaker
2,412,488
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

I've gotten a few leads from there.  My customers have recommended me.  It's done by community.  You can only sign up for where you live, done generally by the town, not the county.

Mar 02, 2017 03:05 PM
Rainmaker
208,183
John Wiley
Jones & Co. Realty - Cape Coral, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,SFR,PSA

I started a neighborhood and it was very slow in growing. Now it is a well functioning site. I am the Lead for our neighborhood and it keeps me uptodate on what is going on.

Yard sales or sale of several big items can indicate a person is getting ready to move and it is an opportunity to drop by and see if you can assist them.

Yard sales are also an opportunity to go by and bring drinks, introduce yourself.

There are many opportunities to engage the neighborhood without promoting yourself on the site.

Our County Sheriff and the City Police also utilize the site to make announcements that are important information. This has really helped out neighborhood grow as it give credibility.

Mar 02, 2017 03:02 PM
Rainmaker
538,955
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Leesburg, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Just did it. It can be annoying to set it up, especially the mapping part. It's not just for promoting your or others businesses, but that can be part of it. Expect to spend at least one hour setting it up. You can't claim huge areas, and can't overlap others that already have a mapped area. Then you need to invite people to join. It's sort of like a community facebook group. It's worth setting up to see if you like it. I think I meet more people by posting stuff for sale on our local facebook yard sale sites. Don't do it just to promote real estate. If people get the impression that that is the only thing you started it for, they won't want to join. They suggest small groups are best.

Mar 02, 2017 02:07 PM
Rainmaker
593,149
Holly Weatherwax
Associate Broker, Momentum Realty - Reston, VA
A Great Real Estate Experience

Nice way of being involved in your local community. I don't advertise on it, but I think my profile says that I am a Realtor. It has a nice classified component to it, as well.

Mar 02, 2017 11:41 AM
Rainmaker
77,042
Julie Larson Realtor® Sarasota FL 941-882-0322
PalmerHouse Properties Florida - 941-882-0322 | Serving Sarasota, Manatee & Charlotte Counties - Sarasota, FL
When you're thinking of moving...ThinkSuncoast.com

I got invited to join and think it's great! You get to meet your neighbors online and they post all kinds of cool information.   

Mar 02, 2017 11:06 AM
Rainmaker
394,365
Sean Casey
Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate - Newark, DE
Greenville, Hockessin, Newark & Bear Homes

I like it and use it.  I don't use it for advertising or promoting myself.  It's a great site for connecting with neighbors about community issues.

Mar 03, 2017 07:07 AM
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Troy Erickson
Diverse Solutions Realty www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

fred - I do not think it is a place to advertise or promote your business. Here is the definition of what Nextdoor is all about directly from their website.

"Nextdoor is the best way to stay in the know about what’s going on in your neighborhood—whether it’s finding a last-minute babysitter, learning about an upcoming block party, or hearing about a rash of car break-ins." 

Mar 02, 2017 11:14 PM
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Praful Thakkar
Keller Williams Realty - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Fred Griffin - heard of it - though I am not going to knock on next door...lol!

Mar 02, 2017 10:33 PM
Rainmaker
104,041
Diana White-Pettis
Exit Bennett Realty - Upper Marlboro, MD
GRI, CDPE, CNE, Upper Marlboro Homes for Sale

It's a very good way to meet neighbors in your subdivision and others in surrounding  communities.  I like to read posts and comments about things going on in the various neighborhoods.

Mar 02, 2017 08:58 PM
Rainmaker
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Jack Lewitz
IL Real Estate Specialists - Evanston, IL

I joined and find it interesting. Not sure if I want to use it to promote myself as a realtor but am thinking about it

Mar 02, 2017 11:13 AM
Rainmaker
502,707
Brian L. Sirota, Esq.
Bristar Realty (Realtor/Attorney) - Orange, CA
For Solutions: (714) 501-7660

It can be a good thing, though I've already seen it abused by local Realtors.

Mar 02, 2017 11:01 AM
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2,610,482
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I have heard of it, some get good results on it.

But in my town with only about a half dozen members, it is not worth my time.

Mar 02, 2017 10:33 AM
Rainmaker
738,692
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Nextdoor is like the Q&A section meets facebook and everyone is your neighbor.  That's the simplest way to describe it.  Trades people get lots of referalls there.  People ask "who should I use to buy/sell a house" every now and then.  If you have the opportunity to be the "lead" for your neighborhood TAKE IT!!  The problem w/Nextdoor (IMHO) is that each neighborhood has different "leaders" and each has their own view on the rules.  For example I had my investors setup an account for a property they were flipping.  They posted the open house and got SLAMMED by the lead who took it down and banned their account because they didn't "live" there, even though they were owners and that's all that nextdoor required.  The people in the neighborhood that saw the ad thanked me for posting it when I held the open house.  In my neighborhood group, posting of properties for sale is fairly common and allowed.  There are the "high school bullies" on there, just like any group (we had one here before he was "disbarred").

 

Overall, I give it a thumbs up.  One recommendation, make your last name "Griffin (Realtor)" that way you can advertise that on all your posts.  I was doing that, but took it off last night when things got a little heated on a post about the new bag tax.

Mar 03, 2017 08:34 AM
Rainer
495,518
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

It is a good Tertiary resource.

Want to test headlines or content or CTA's,  NextDoor is outstanding for this purpose.

Want to know if financing or dog poop is top of mind for the community, Nextdoor is a great barometer.

All of this becomes EXCEEDINGLY important if you have an 'inbound' marketing strategy, otherwise it is the equivalent of a time-hole.

Mar 03, 2017 06:15 AM
Rainmaker
3,423,522
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Not something that I would consider using.

Mar 03, 2017 05:57 AM
Rainmaker
557,473
Jennifer Mackay
Keller Williams Success Realty - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I have an account there - and so does lots of other agents - never got a single thing from it - it's more a pet missing/found site than anything else around here

Mar 03, 2017 05:52 AM
Rainmaker
2,068,040
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Something else to take away from limited time?

Mar 03, 2017 04:43 AM
Ambassador
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Heard of it a long time ago, but never used it. I scrolled down to read a few comments. It sounds like an interesting thing to try, but I'm already bogged down with the online work I do. I might give it a try anyway. 

Mar 02, 2017 08:16 PM
Rainmaker
208,890
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty & Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

Not familiar and probably not interested.

Mar 02, 2017 06:28 PM
Rainer
17,057
Karen Graves
Artistic Home Staging - Rockwall, TX
Certified Home Stager/ReDesigner in Dallas,TX area

My neighborhood and the surrounding neighborhoods use it.  It is a great neighborhood resource if you are looking for info about what is happening in the community.  It has specific sections for recommendations, classifieds, HOA info etc.  It has been a good  resource for me both as a homeowner and as a business owner.  Feel free to ask any more specific questions! I am happy to help.

Mar 02, 2017 06:08 PM
Rainmaker
1,146,828
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386
Allison James Estates & Homes & Realty One - Carlsbad, CA
Presence,Persistence & Perseverance

It is perfect for soccer moms, for agents? UMM; not seeing any activity of note. People complain if advertisements from professionals appear there.

Mar 02, 2017 01:19 PM
Rainmaker
1,922,138
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Never heard of it.

Mar 02, 2017 10:38 AM
Rainmaker
1,241,086
Donna Foerster
Cherry Creek Properties, LLC - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent

We use Nextdoor to keep up with our neighborhood and what's going on. I think it's a great resource.

Mar 07, 2017 02:02 PM
Rainmaker
228,542
Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
The most important home I sell is YOURS!

I recommend all my BNI peeps on there.  There are like a hundred realtors on ours so I don't put myself out there too much. 

Mar 07, 2017 01:46 PM
Rainmaker
920,581
Bob "RealMan" Timm
National Marketing Realtors - Minot, ND
Bob Timm Owner/Broker National Marketing Realtors

I set it up in my neighborhood Fred Griffin but had trouble getting the required number of memebrs to join in and I gave up but someone else in the neighborhood picked it up and it's been pretty good. It's like a mini FB or billboard for the neighborhood. It's been used mostly as a local crime watch here.

Mar 06, 2017 04:51 PM
Rainmaker
403,863
Carol Fox
Allen Tate Company 704-905-3935 - Matthews, NC
Helping You Discover Charlotte's Best Small Towns

Nextdoor is very active in my neighborhood and the surrounding areas.  It's a great forum for local vendor recommendations and people who are looking for something or to offer something.  Sometimes, it can amplify problems like any social media.  For example, crime in the area tends to take on a life of its own, perhaps more than it should.

Mar 06, 2017 07:43 AM
Rainmaker
194,516
Melissa Jackson
United Country Real Estate FW - Fort Worth, TX
REALTOR® Matching Buyers & Sellers

Nextdoor has a large online presence in our area.  It's a way to share information - not so much to sell homes - in your local area.  I have seen people ask agents to stop asking for business. Sharing listing information is not looked upon so poorly. Great resource for political info, items for sale, pets and lots of recommendations.  Fred Griffin you can join, spend some time on there and if your not liking it you can delete your account. 

Set up your profile to let your neighbors know who you are and what service you offer. They will find you if looking for your service!

Mar 05, 2017 09:13 PM
Rainmaker
426,888
Dianne Goode
Raleigh Cary Realty - Raleigh, NC
Realtor/Broker

I like it but I don' t promote myself on it.  That turns people off.  It's mostly about lost dogs and furniture for sale.

Mar 04, 2017 06:08 PM
Rainmaker
1,956,654
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Denver, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Sorry Fred, never heard of them.

 

Mar 04, 2017 11:18 AM
Rainmaker
2,737,465
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I signed up initially, but they sent way too many emails, and I deleted it.

Mar 04, 2017 06:59 AM
Rainer
340,139
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

Never heard of it.

Mar 03, 2017 08:12 PM
Ambassador
890,333
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I consider it a waste.

Mar 02, 2017 04:02 PM
Ambassador
2,843,402
Debbie Reynolds
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

It started out a few years ago with great intentions but now my neighborhood NextDoor has turned into a lost dog bulletin board, selling Pampered Chef and the like. I see no value in it for me. 

Mar 02, 2017 03:57 PM
Rainmaker
2,938,385
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I have never heard of it before

Mar 02, 2017 03:17 PM
Rainmaker
1,120,118
Marc Swartz, CPA, CA, Real Estate Broker
Royal LePage Vision Realty, Brokerage, Direct: (416) 737-9800, Office: (416) 321-2228 - Toronto, ON
Toronto, Durham & York Regions, Ontario, Canada

I have not used them but I believe I saw their name here the other day in another question.

Mar 02, 2017 02:41 PM
Rainmaker
3,326,125
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Not used it.

Mar 02, 2017 02:23 PM
Rainmaker
2,926,170
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing

Fred,

It is not used much in our neck of the woods, however, in other areas it is doing well.  One more thing to deal with in my opinion will not add that much business, like doing what everyone else seem reluctant to do...meet face to face!  A

Mar 02, 2017 01:59 PM
Ambassador
1,409,240
Harry F. D'Elia
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

just another door to me

Mar 02, 2017 11:54 AM