Point 2 Launches the "NLS"

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Real Estate Technology with Zillow

Point 2 Technologies (providers of Point 2 Agent web sites) announced today the launch of the Point 2 NLS (National Listing Service).

It's no secret I'm a big Point 2 Agent fan. This company is often on the bleeding edge of technology. Their web sites, blogging platform, prospecting/CRM tools and "Handshake Listings" are second to none, in my humble opinion.

The "NLS" is a service that allows real estate agents to display their properties across the Point 2 network (now over 104,000 strong). Yep, here you have it folks, another tool in the Internet advertising arsenal. Now you don't need a Point 2 web site to utilize Point2's most excellent listing display venues.

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Anonymous
Jay Thompson

"Sounds like this post is over a year old!"

Actually, I wrote this post TWO years ago. To the day!

Jan 04, 2009 05:25 AM #52
Rainer
4,890
Camille J. Robinson
Camille J. Robinson, GRI - Philadelphia Supreme Properties - Philadelphia, PA
GRI, Broker/Owner

Love my P2A websites.  I have one for the office and a personal one.  Started with the free sites and am getting ready to upgrade to premium sites.  I'm not a "techie" and even I could set them up with basic info.  Will get a little more creative with the premium sites. 

 

Jan 10, 2009 07:00 AM #53
Rainer
73,623
Lonn Dugan
Toledo, OH

Well... all good things got to come to an end... and so with P2 : (

Feb 05, 2009 10:32 PM #54
Rainmaker
1,158,562
Jay Thompson
Zillow - Seattle, WA

"Well... all good things got to come to an end... and so with P2 : ("

Huh. Last I checked my Point2 site was running and performing quite well. Care to qualify what you mean by Point2 coming to an end Lonn?

Feb 05, 2009 10:51 PM #55
Rainmaker
187,513
Beth Larsen
RE/MAX Sedona - Sedona, AZ
Sedona Arizona

I'm sure he's referring to the demise of the "FREE" standard site, which some time in March becomes $9.95/month w/out the 6 mo free period.

Still, we had to know that would come eventually, especially given the current economy.

It remains a good product and a good source of leads for me.

Hopefully this means they can put their time, energy and funds into further developing a few of the features that could use a little more attention to qualify as "bleeding edge", such as the contact mgmt system, drips, and e-mail. I'd like to see some new music on the virtual tours as well.

BTW Tour Factory presented at our office this week. I think P2's syndication is pretty solid, but TF is sending their tours to U-Tube as well. It would be neat to see that added.

Feb 05, 2009 11:16 PM #56
Rainmaker
1,158,562
Jay Thompson
Zillow - Seattle, WA

Beth - I assume that's what Lonn was referring to, but I hate to assume anything....

Personally, I'm glad P2 is losing the free sites (though you can still try for free for 3 months). There are so many abandoned free sites out there, and let's be honest. If an agent can't afford to spend $9.95/month for a web site, they are in the wrong business.... Despite that, I'm sure the whining will be extensive.

Feb 06, 2009 12:47 AM #57
Rainmaker
187,513
Beth Larsen
RE/MAX Sedona - Sedona, AZ
Sedona Arizona

LOL!!! No doubt there (I think I can hear it from here), and I'm in agreement with you on the free thing.

Feb 06, 2009 01:44 AM #58
Rainer
135,501
Brent Conley
Solutions Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Associate Broker, ABR, CNE, GRI

I too love point 2.

Feb 09, 2009 10:57 AM #59
Rainer
76,539
Sabrina Kelley
ERA Herman Group Real Estate - Woodland Park, CO
Woodland Park Colorado Mountain Homes and Land

Praise resounds across this blog.

Mar 10, 2009 06:29 PM #60
Rainer
73,623
Lonn Dugan
Toledo, OH

Jay, Beth:

Yes, what I referred to when saying all "good things got to come to an end"  was the Free Sites at P2A.

I don't care if they ended it.  Yes they gave warning. 

My issue is that they were rude in the language they put up on the pages of those agents who chose not to upgrade. It was a slap in the face to those agents, IMHO.

I was not whining. I was sharing an intentionally critical viewpoint that Point 2 had been rude to those Realtors who chose not to upgrade their free site to a paid site.

I had already heeded the warning and moved my site - so this issue of their rudeness did not affect me. 

However, I felt (and still feel) it was a sad day for Sauk Klein and company when they would be so rude to the very agents who might yet want to buy something. 

KIND OF LIKE KICKING THEM WHEN THEY WERE DOWN....      

I guess that's ok with you if they want to promise FREE SITES to (y)our colleagues, and then pull the rug out from under them.   

Did they have to say any more than this?

THANK YOU FOR YOUR FREE TRIAL - WHICH HAS NOW ENDED.

SITE OWNERS MAY <LOGIN HERE> TO RE-ACTIVATE THE ACCOUNT IF THEY WANT TO CONTINUE TO ENJOY OUR SERVICES AND FEATURES. 

Mar 11, 2009 03:08 PM #61
Rainmaker
187,513
Beth Larsen
RE/MAX Sedona - Sedona, AZ
Sedona Arizona

Wow, Lonn, I can't speak for Jay, but you evidently took from my comments something that wasn't even there, so I'd appreciate it if you wouldn't put words in my mouth.

The only reason your name even entered into it was your comment about things coming to an end, and my evidently accurate assumption that you were referring to the free sites. This simply wasn't about you.

As it happens, I agree that they could have handled things a little differently, and seem to remember being told that the standard site was free 'forever'. However, forever is a pretty long time, and I was brought up understanding the wisdom of TANSTAAFL: There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.

Everything has to be paid for at some point in time by somebody.

People tend to value and take better care of the things they pay for.

No one is really served by having a bunch of abandoned sites littering up the web. I did have a free standard site that I was using to experiment in niche marketing, but what I learned from it is that I don't have time to maintain 2 sites.

The web is an important business tool for Realtors®, and they do offer different price points for different pocket books. Serious practitioners have a choice about what to invest in based on their needs.

I am a paying customer who would prefer they concentrated their talents, energies and resources on maintaining and improving the product rather than carrying 'free' sites. I think that a 90 day free trial is reasonable and sufficient. It sure beats the 30 day trial offered by most vendors.

Many companies offer free or subsidized product while they are building their business and their value proposition. It seems that phase is over for Point2 and they have proven to me, at least, that their product is worth paying for. They can continue to prove it by keeping the product relevant, not so much by giving it away.

Simply my opinion.

Mar 12, 2009 02:49 AM #62
Rainer
73,623
Lonn Dugan
Toledo, OH

Wow Beth : )

I promise... No comments were taken and no words were put in your mouth : )

I simply addressed you and Jay in a single comment because you had both commented my earlier post by seeming to be in favor of this development. As I said, I don't care if they change their business model.  That's not the point. You both seem to feel that P2 has done what any business needs to do in an evolving market.  Jay suggested "whining will be extensive". To you both, I posed a comment and a question:

I felt (and still feel) it was a sad day for Sauk Klein and company when they would be so rude to the very agents who might yet want to buy something.

KIND OF LIKE KICKING THEM WHEN THEY WERE DOWN....      

I guess that's ok with you if they want to promise FREE SITES to (y)our colleagues, and then pull the rug out from under them.   

BUT - Did they have to say any more than this?

THANK YOU FOR YOUR FREE TRIAL - WHICH HAS NOW ENDED.

SITE OWNERS MAY <LOGIN HERE> TO RE-ACTIVATE THE ACCOUNT IF THEY WANT TO CONTINUE TO ENJOY OUR SERVICES AND FEATURES. 

Mar 12, 2009 09:44 AM #63
Rainmaker
504,688
Teral McDowell
Referral Patners LLC - Murphy, TX

This is all very encouraging as I am considering getting Point2 and I am wondering why I haven't already done so. No time like the right time.

Mar 27, 2009 03:34 PM #64
Rainmaker
219,787
Nick Good
The Good Home Team with Keller Williams Realty - Plano, TX
www.TheGoodHomeTeam.com

Jay,

 

Are you still using point2agent since it has gotten rid of the free website?  If so, are you noticing that it is better or worse than before in terms of traffic you are getting.

Apr 03, 2009 11:49 AM #65
Rainer
79,201
Kristal Pooler
Kristal Pooler & Associates. Coast & Country Properties Inc. - Gloucester, MA
Cottages to Castles on Boston's North Shore

My Point2 site is www.NorthShoreBuyer.com in Massachusetts. I think that Point2 is still emerging in our area. I would like to see more agents using Point2 here in MA. I had previously used a local website service when I was with RE/MAX - IMAX. It had an excellent MLS VOW component but was not as 'sexy; as Point2. Point2's Virtual Tours are particularly fabulous. They do a really good job making photos 'pop'

Apr 07, 2009 10:42 AM #66
Rainmaker
2,346,516
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

I have been looking for a new website and wondered if P2A is still a viable deal or not. If it is which do you recommend of th emodels they have ot choose from.

Aug 25, 2009 05:20 PM #67
Rainmaker
187,513
Beth Larsen
RE/MAX Sedona - Sedona, AZ
Sedona Arizona

Hi Charles,

I have a P2A Professional level site (since May of '05). I like the flexibility of the product, the ease of making changes, and the way it performs (easy to optimize, performs well in appearing on searches-though as with any site, you have to put some work into it, both with content and understanding keywords, tags, etc).

Most of my business comes from my website, either directly or indirectly from the syndication and from having a strong presence on the web.

They also provide a good help database and live training opportunities.

Jump in, it's a good product. Let us know how it goes.

Aug 26, 2009 01:55 AM #68
Rainer
332,713
David O'Doherty
Raleigh Realty Inc - Clayton, NC
Clayton NC Homes, Raleigh, NC

Just started with them, good to get this input.

Nov 03, 2009 12:45 PM #69
Rainmaker
192,049
Gregory Bain
Mezzina Real Estate & Insurance - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
For Homes on the Jersey Shore

Hey, Jay. I'm just kind of branching out on AR and noticed this P2A group and bang there you were right at the top, so I joined. Then I came back and noticed just how old the blog post was - just goes to show you that the words on the internet never die. Anyway, I had stopped posting replies to the blogs on relib a few months ago and well you know they are doing away with relib now. The few remaining there are saying their good-byes. Sorry some have not been able to migrate over to AR. I met so many great real estate agents and people there.

Dec 03, 2009 12:22 AM #70
Rainer
288,231
Leslie Helm
Tennessee Recreational Properties - Jamestown, TN
Real Estate For Trail Riders

I've had a Point2 website for several years. It was free...and then it wasn't. Last year, I paid $9.95 a month and I have now received a notice that the cost will rise from $99 a year to $140. That's ok...I understand economics and I am in favor of weeding out those who should not be agents.

What is NOT ok about Point2 is that they allow agents to post "listings" that are not actually "listed" and to keep them active on their site long after the listing...if there ever was one....has expired. To me, this is misrepresentation. It says "brokered by" and "listed by" so it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck. I think this allows those 10th-rate agents to perpetuate their 10th rate service.

Feb 25, 2010 10:28 PM #71
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