Pay for Leads?

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Hometown Realtors
I'm not sure if I am the only one who decided...why not give it a try? But I sure hope so.  I would hate to know that there are too many other Agents wasting important time and good money on pay as you go leads.  I was promised leads, and I got them. I was promised good leads, NOT.  Maybe my idea of a good lead is different than most....good lead to me means....they are or can be qualified...their phone # is not only correct but is still in service...and they are of legal age. Then I was told if it wasn't a "good lead" then I wouldn't be charged and a new lead would be generated, and it was...they weren't going to leave you without something, no matter what that something might be.  So after a few weeks of "chasing" down customers and spending quality time shooting emails and making phone calls with no contact with ANY customers (oh wait, there was 1 and after speaking with him a few moments he admited he was already working with THREE OTHER AGENTS!) I decided to cancel with this big deal, they cancelled my account with them no problem...UNTIL a month later when I am still being billed for leads? Yes, of course I called to fix this situation and I was told by the rep. (who no longer believes in customer service or satisfaction since I am no longer their customer) basically tells me.....SO WHAT? Yes...she said "so what".  I have learned a valueable lesson through all this, expensive as it may have been, that good, solid, quality leads are not something you can buy or expect a service to just hand you.  Leads are self generated...get out in your community, talk to ANYONE you come in contact with, BLOG, keep up your "customer service" to your past and present customers and clients by staying in touch.

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Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate
Jeremy and Jessica:  I am sorry you had such a negative experience with this company.  I have never paid for leads, and I will never do so in the future.  I think the money can be better spent on a good website, or even better, on a good outside blog.
Mar 07, 2008 04:04 PM #1
Vickie Nagy
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate - Palm Springs, CA
Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen
Jeremy and Jessica, thank you for being good AR citizens and sharing your challenges with our comunity. We learn from each other. Keep up the good work.
Mar 07, 2008 04:30 PM #2
David Swierczynski
Retired - Antioch, IL
And the name of this company is? Inquiring minds want to know!
Mar 07, 2008 04:31 PM #3
Jessica Talley
Century 21 Hometown Realtors - Seneca, SC
LOL...hmmm should I say? Lets just say I would stay away from any of them, especially the ones that want you to pay in advance.  Ref are great and we love them, and don't mind giving or receiving them...but I believe my "REPLY" from now on will be a little different and we will stick with to leads of a different nature.
Mar 07, 2008 04:45 PM #4
Bill Somerset
Re/Max Realty Group - Dover, NH
ABR, e-PRO - Realtor - NH Real Estate Agent
I tried a service like this a few years ago also.  To say the least it did not work out great.  I did get a lot of leads, but they were often too far out, or very small listings that would require around 60 per year to survive.
Mar 07, 2008 11:14 PM #5
Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS - Exton - PA License #RS-225179-L / Delaware License #RS-0025038 - Downingtown, PA


I too have found little good reason to do so.   I advertised on a HUD site which generated leads....however, 99.9% of them were a waste of time.  The time for that ad has run it course and I am moving that money elsewhere.

Mar 08, 2008 12:15 AM #6
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