Cut Costs with an Open-Source CRM

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Services for Real Estate Pros with RISMedia

I had no idea what an open-source CRM was, either.

Put simply, it means the source code is open for viewing and editing. By nature, it allows for greater customization and flexibility - you can see only the data you want to analyze, for example. For broker/owners, adding new agents won't cost you a dime. And because you're not locked into a contract, changing products is a cinch.

Best of all? Unlike proprietary software, open-source software (OSS) is typically low-cost or free.

If you've been keeping track of relationships with clients and leads with spreadsheets due to concerns over cost, consider adopting one of these open-source CRMs with free installations:

Deskera
EspoCRM
SugarCRM Community Edition

The preceding was adapted from RISMedia.com.

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Rainmaker
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Will Hamm
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Hello Suzanne,  Now I know something new tht I never heard of before.  Thanks for explaining this and have a great day!

Feb 02, 2015 11:03 PM #1
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Beth Atalay
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Hi Suzanne, I bookmarked this, never heard of Open-Source CRM before, thanks for sharing.

Feb 02, 2015 11:12 PM #2
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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
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Good morning Suzanne,

Something to check out later in the day and thanks for the information.

Make yourself a great day.

Feb 02, 2015 11:58 PM #3
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Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
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Top of the evening Suzanne.  Thank you for this information.  I always feel like I am trying to drink from a fire hose when opening Active Rain.  Mark

Feb 03, 2015 09:09 AM #4
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Joe Petrowsky
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Good morning Suzanne. Thank you for the info. Not anything that I have heard of before. Will do a little more homework.

Feb 03, 2015 06:46 PM #5
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Suzanne... have not heard of this before and I must admit I'm still a little confused about it.

Feb 04, 2015 09:39 PM #6
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for your suggestions. I was not familiar with these products.

Feb 06, 2015 04:17 AM #7
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Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
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Suzanne, well your first line made me feel better immediately! Still not terribly clear on this, but maybe you can delve deeper into it on another blogpost?

CRM 101...that would be for me!

Feb 06, 2015 04:21 AM #8
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Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

This is new to me Suzanne but interesting. I have hears of open source coding in some applications but not Open-Source CRM. You are so good at keeping us informed on great innovations.

Feb 06, 2015 04:27 AM #9
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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I'm with most of the rest. Huh? Geez, we obviously have a LOT to learn from you. 

Feb 06, 2015 04:47 AM #10
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Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC

Suzanne

Thanks for sharing the informative tips.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

 

Feb 06, 2015 09:04 AM #11
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for sharing the tips. I will check out the links.

Feb 06, 2015 08:11 PM #12
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks Suzanne.  This is definitely something worth looking into.

Feb 06, 2015 08:15 PM #13
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
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Suzanne interesting, just wondering is this something an individual agent/Realtor could benefit or is this mostly for Brokers with numerous agents? Endre

Feb 16, 2015 11:04 AM #14
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
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Thanks for the advice Suzanne, I will spend a little time investigating these programs.

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