Only 65% of Realtors Have a Website!

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Real Estate Agent with Capstone Realty - Huntsville, AL
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently published their 2007 Realtor Technology Survey and this stat was by far the most surprising. In this day and age in real estate I cannot imagine doing business without utilizing the internet. Most home sellers expect their home to be advertised on the internet with pictures and virtual tours and not just on ONE website but MULTIPLE websites. Anyways...just thought I would share this and see if anyone else was surprised by this stat.

Comments (12)

Herb Hamilton
RE/MAX Preferred Inc. Realtors - Portland, OR
Real Estate Broker ,CDPE, Downtown Portland
I have another stat for you. Although this is just my personal observation and conclussion. Out of those 65%, 90% or better are just crap.
May 22, 2007 09:05 AM
Mary De Luca
Long & Foster - Arlington, VA

I don't know why that is so surprising. There are alot of agents out there that have been in the business a long time and are not quick at embarrassing or learning and understanding new technology. The older agent know- who also have trouble sending emails- either cater to an older clientele who are on the same level technology "expertise"

Anyway- I have a point here- and it is- don't assume that just because an agent doesn't have a website- that any of their listings aren't on the web. I do some side work for an agent- that no matter how much you teach her- she is not going to get a website- she pays me to put her listings on the internet, load pictures and whatever else I can think of. In addition, all of the listings under my broker- go on the company website.

I think your individual level of knowledge will attract the equivalent client.

May 22, 2007 09:07 AM
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

I am but yet I'm not if that makes sense.  We have so many agents around here that have been in the business for a long time and they are not real keen on all this technology.  Looking at your picture I am sure I am much older than you so it didn't come natrually to me like it has for my children.  I didn't grow up with computers.  I however feel like you either get on board or you are going to get left in the dust and I'm not ready to be left.

I also have to agree with Herb about the quality of websites that are out there.  Our industry as a whole doe not grab on to techology it is more like kicking and squealing.  That's the way it is here in Houston anyway.

May 22, 2007 09:10 AM
Sapan Behar
Royal LePage Wolstencroft - Langley, BC

Who do you use for your web presence? Is it a template-based provider? Did you have a professional author your site and do you pay someone to maintain it for you? Did you design your site yourself, coded it and now maintain it yourself?

 

 

May 22, 2007 09:15 AM
Larry Bettag
Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001 - Saint Charles, IL
Vice-President of National Production
Many people don't ahve them.  I got rid of mine 2 years ago.  I haven't missed a beat.  Referral only was the way to get away from websites.  Different peoples, different success models.
May 22, 2007 09:16 AM
Larry Bettag
Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001 - Saint Charles, IL
Vice-President of National Production
Many people don't ahve them.  I got rid of mine 2 years ago.  I haven't missed a beat.  Referral only was the way to get away from websites.  Different peoples, different success models.
May 22, 2007 09:16 AM
Jeff Link
Asheville, NC
"Your Asheville Real Estate Link"
Larry you are killing me. Please delete one of your duplicate posts and use the spell checker. :)
May 22, 2007 09:29 AM
Kaushik Sirkar
Call Realty, Inc. - Chandler, AZ
What are the other 35% thinking?  hopefully they are near retirement....because without an internet presence, good luck!!!
May 22, 2007 09:31 AM
Cynthia Sloop
Community Association Manager - Indianapolis, IN
Well I am surprised in some ways and in others I am not.  Many of the Realtors in my company believe that the little website pages the company gives us is plenty.  Our company even pushes it to a degree.  I for one have had my own website ever since I got out of training.  I work at improving and refining it all the time.  It'll be interesting to see what some of these people who've been slow to move on the Internet scene do as it continues to grow.
May 22, 2007 10:05 AM
Darrin Hasley
Capstone Realty - Huntsville, AL - Huntsville, AL
Huntsville and Madison Alabama

Mary and Marchel,

 I agree w/ you.....not everyone HAS TO HAVE a website to survive in the real estate world. Many agents that have been in the business for several years can live off of their reputation and load up on referrals..but even those agents, I believe, will hit a ceiling of production. To be successful you have to embrace change and stay on top and up to date on the ever-changing consumer. Just my opinion...thanks for posting!

May 22, 2007 10:16 AM
Becky Troutt
No longer practicing real estate as of 2008. - Bradenton, FL
To each his own I suppose.  I prefer to keep up with the times.  More and more people are beginning their research on the internet, so that's where I want to be too.
May 22, 2007 11:16 AM