Questions for the ActiveRain community

Real Estate Agent with TBD

Everyone here is both internet-savvy and real estate savvy, so I figured this would be the perfect place to ask. 

I have recently created a new lead referral service. It's located at

The general idea of what I'm trying to create is an open, transparent, internet marketplace for real estate services.


1) What do you think of the overall idea? Is this a service you might use? Why or why not?

2)  I am looking to charge for leads only if a customer specifically chooses an agent's proposal. How much should I charge? (Is a % referral more desirable than a hard dollar value?)

3)  Currently, a customer may choose up to 3 agents whom they would like to get in contact with. Is this too many? Too few? 

Thanks in advance for any thoughts or comments.


Palm Coast Homes
100 Plus Realty LLC - Palm Coast, FL
Palm Coast/Flagler County Real Estate, The Ross/Co

Dan - i am very interested in what you are doing.  I will check out your website and give you some feedback.  From personal experience there is alot of competition out there for this type of service.  You need to make it dynamic, simple and you are definately on to something completely different with the transparency thing...but to help with that.... a picture of you would be good :-)

Let me swish this around a little in my brain and get back to you

Mar 25, 2008 10:48 AM
Vincent McKamy
Samson Properties - Fredericksburg, VA
Realtor Fredericksburg Virginia
I think this is a great idea - a little different than what is currently out there.  I'm not one to pay for leads but I will check it out.  To answer one of your questions - I would charge a referral fee that would be paid if the client actually buys something.  Good luck
Mar 25, 2008 10:55 AM
Dan Alman
TBD - Chicago, IL

Kristi, Vincent, thanks for the response.. wondering if allowing up to 3 agents per lead is too much...

By the way Kristi, pic is up :)

Mar 25, 2008 11:53 AM
Tammy & Terry Coleman
Coldwell Banker Snow & Wall - Murfreesboro, TN

Dan, I have a question are you a licensed broker to be able to receive referral fees?

Mar 25, 2008 12:32 PM
Dan Alman
TBD - Chicago, IL
Tammy and Terry: yes, I am a licensed broker in Illinois
Mar 25, 2008 12:34 PM
Tammy & Terry Coleman
Coldwell Banker Snow & Wall - Murfreesboro, TN
Ok great...just wanted to make sure since we can't pay a referral fee to someone that is lot licensed.
Mar 25, 2008 01:35 PM
Barbara Dougher
Coldwell Banker United East Texas Division - Tyler, TX
Realtor - 2008 Rookie of the Year
I went on the web site and filled out all the information.  I requested to see what was available in a 20 mile radius and it gave me a location located 100 miles from here.  I think that's wasting my time.  I would rather be told that there's no activity than to give me something I didn't ask for.
Apr 08, 2008 09:32 AM
Dan Alman
TBD - Chicago, IL

Hey Barbara, thanks for the feedback. 

We're trying to find a happy medium between not wasting anyone's time, but also not making anyone miss out on leads that are far away but that they may still be interested in. 

What do you think is the farthest someone might go for a listing? In rural areas we were thinking that 100mi might not be out of the realm, but perhaps you're right that it's a bit high.  50 mi? 25 mi?


Apr 08, 2008 09:35 AM
Carol Perez
Tarbell Realtors - Upland, CA

Don't even waste your time...look at my blog that I posted about this service.  Although in the end he did right his wrong, I still dont agree with how he went around it.

Jun 16, 2009 06:40 PM