What Services Do You Use to Enhance Your Business?

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Services for Real Estate Pros with ActiveRain

What Services Do You Use?

Any time you sell a house or you help someone buy a house there are a number of services that you ultimately use. Some of you are using services to enhance your business every single day.

With an industry as fragmented and vast as the real estate industry, there are no shortage of services to choose from. There are services being used by some of you on a daily basis that others of you would struggle to be able to explain in full detail (meaning you've never used it, let alone thought about using it)

Photography services, staging services, virtual assistants, showing services, Home inspections, home warranty, security services, IT services.......the list is endless.

For this week in Product Reviews, we'd love if you would consider some of the services you use in your business and decide to share with the rest of the community how you feel about that service. Below are a few of the products and companies in the 'services' section of ActiveRain Product Reviews that you may have used. If you don't see your service provider below, you can go search for them, or you can browse through the services section of Product Reviews.

There are some amazing services and service providers in this industry, so make sure you let them know how much you appreciate them by leaving them a review (or if you can't stand them, we'll take that review as well!)


MyOutDesk Virtual Assistants

 



Pods Moving & Storage

 

HMS Home Warranty

 

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Rainmaker
2,435,779
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I refer, review and share with regularity...

Nov 07, 2013 11:56 PM #22
Anonymous
Dean B. @ Appraisal 1st

Great tools to have for all! Karma full circle along with placing your service out there as well.

Thanks DB

Nov 08, 2013 12:13 AM #23
Rainer
145,927
Andrew Payne Realtor® Richmond VA Homes For Sale~804-938-5257~
Coach House Realty - Richmond, VA
Richmond, VA, Real Estate, SRES®, NAR Green
Instead of HMS, I usually recommend my clients use 2-10 Home Warranty. My experience is that their customer service is better, and 2-10 also has fewer exclusions in a side-by-side comparison than HMS does. It just really helps to check the fine print!
Nov 08, 2013 12:16 AM #24
Rainmaker
972,331
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

My clients use PODS quite a bit.  I'll have to research HMS Home Warranty though.  I have never used a virtual assistant and am currently investigating using an on-site assistant for specific tasks.  Virtual makes me a little nervous.

Nov 08, 2013 12:22 AM #25
Rainmaker
91,893
Dolores "Dee" Mauriello
Keller Willaims - Wayne, NJ
Realtor, Homes For Sale Wayne NJ

I have the Marketleader Website and have been very happy with it. I was wondering if anyone uses Mail Chimp or similar service and what is the benefit?

Nov 08, 2013 12:30 AM #26
Rainmaker
1,143,921
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

Love you AR!

You constantly go above and beyond to ensure your peeps have the best info and training and opportunity for success!

Now transition that into my space in real estate and I will be BLOWN AWAY!!!!!

 

Peace

Nov 08, 2013 03:21 AM #27
Rainer
83,231
Amy Gutschow
RE/MAX - Sheboygan, WI
Professional Real Estate

This is a great resource, it is extremely important to be online and available to home buyers and sellers!

Nov 08, 2013 03:44 AM #28
Rainer
309,119
Jimmy Faulkner
Florida. Homes Realty & Mortgage - Wantagh, NY
The Best Of St. Augustine

Trying to find the best service for what we need takes a lot of time and consideration. I ask around the office or from other realtors who have worked with home inspectors, and the like to find what is best for the customer.

Nov 08, 2013 05:10 AM #29
Ambassador
1,240,213
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

I really enjoy reading all the products you list on AR and have tried several just because of the positive comments. When I find one that works great, I usually stick with them. Like I have a terrific termite company I use and they give good service. They usually find something to repair but they are fair and good prices for the homeowner.

Nov 08, 2013 06:21 AM #30
Rainmaker
448,050
Dee Toohey
Innovative Realty Solutions Group - Longwood, FL
Broker, ABR, AHWD, CIPS, FMS, ePro

I keep in touch the old fashion way.  I stop by shorting after move in and I write hand written notes during the year.

For service providers, I provide a list of those I have had good experiences with. 

HWA has a 13 month home warranty for the price of a year.  My customers are very happy.

My customers seem to like Rat Pack as a pod.

 

Nov 08, 2013 07:37 AM #31
Rainmaker
834,732
Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team
In general, we prefer our local vendors, they tend to be more responsive and more economical than the national companies.
Nov 08, 2013 08:08 AM #32
Ambassador
1,980,190
Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900!
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Can you create a tutorial on how to ADD vendors/products/services to the Product Review Process?

Nov 08, 2013 11:42 AM #33
Rainmaker
395,443
Marnie Matarese
DWELL REAL ESTATE - Sarasota, FL
Showing you the best of Sarasota!

I really appreciate the reviews on the service members and when rainers I have great respect for give a thoughtful and honest opinion of a provider I go with their recommendation.

Nov 08, 2013 08:08 PM #34
Rainmaker
1,382,032
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I really liked this post. The reviews by members can really be a big help.

Nov 08, 2013 11:48 PM #35
Rainmaker
513,582
Elva Branson-Lee
Solid Source Realty GA - Atlanta, GA
CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent

I find the product reviews very helpful and have consulted them to help me decide on a CRM and also a tablet PC for my business.

Nov 09, 2013 09:53 AM #36
Rainer
34,041
Jason Wright
Keller Williams Advantage - Golden, CO
Associate Broker

I will make sure to review all of the services I use!!

Nov 09, 2013 10:25 AM #37
Rainer
8,837
Mike Gamache
Fleetfoot Marketing - Wichita, KS
Video Lead Generation from Fleetfoot Marketing

Video Production and Search Engine Optmiization are the two services that we focus on for every listing and rental we work with. Outside of referral business, these have proven to be the most valuable for producing results, as well as providing a service that our clients demand and deserve.

Nov 11, 2013 06:59 AM #38
Rainer
309,119
Jimmy Faulkner
Florida. Homes Realty & Mortgage - Wantagh, NY
The Best Of St. Augustine
Resources are important and I came back to this blog to see what comments you were getting. I do agree 2-10 Home Warranty is probably the best program available, and we still have to be aware of local conditions.
Nov 11, 2013 10:43 AM #39
Rainmaker
240,207
Sarah, John Rummage
Benchmark Realty LLC, Nashville TN 615.516.5233 - Nashville, TN
Love Being Realtors® in the Nashville TN Area!

I refer, cautiously. I have found that I can get a vendor on a good day, and have great results, then I can refer them, and the client gets them when they are having a rotten day, OR the client is having a rotten day, then I have egg on my face when neither likes each other.

Nov 12, 2013 01:41 AM #40
Rainer
97,944
Lara O'Keefe
North Texas Home Finders - McKinney, TX

This is very helpful, thank you.

Nov 12, 2013 04:27 AM #41
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