A new website

Real Estate Agent with Gulf Coast Realty Network, Inc.

I spent the better part of three days editing a new website that is a "template" site.  This is my preferred way of getting my personalization onto my sites.  I like the Point-2-Agent template site for a general agent site for this reason.  My new site is a FSBO site in another state and is a test for a new approach (for me, but a lot of others are already well down that road).  To stay on the story line, templates are for me, because I don't want to get mired down in chasing fleas, but I do want to edit in the details without filtering or interpretation by third parties.

In other words, I like what I am doing right now....editing a blog post in the WYSIWYG tab.  For us dummies, it means What You See Is What You Get or something like that.  I have heard some other interpretations, but they won't do here.

For people who are new to the process, it is worth investigating template sites.  You get the hosting, unique URL, a framework complete with graphics, and upload capabilities or more pictures and files.   Plus you can edit in the middle of the night if you wake up with a brilliant idea.  No waits for a software guru or administrator to plug in your thoughts.  I have also found that I learn a lot about Internet things when I get involved.

Tomorrow is a new day.....look in the mirror and smile at your own bad self!



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Bo Buchanan
Blue60.com - Oswego, IL
Blue60.com Directory, For Real Estate Pronulls
Jim,I also like the ability to edit in the middle of the night.  With Birdview - I can edit content, create new pages, new links on the menu, etc.  Only higher end customizations require an admin at birdview - like adding blog headlines to my front page.  I'm curious -why are you doing a fsbo site in another state?
Apr 21, 2008 02:59 PM #1
Sara Homan
Coldwell Banker Ellison Realty 352-209-4044 - Ocala, FL
Realtor, Homes, Farms & 55+
Jim, there is a ton of stuff to learn on this site!  What I am really interested in is the marketing FSBO's because I just got my hand slapped for dealing with them...heck my Broker from NY always told me that the For Sale By Owner sign was really a Help Wanted sign!  So why do so many brokers burn that bridge???
Apr 21, 2008 03:08 PM #2
Laura Monroe
Inman News - San Francisco, CA
Dir. of Industry Engagement & Social Media
Hi Jim~ I agree 100% Being able to customize your own website, add your own widgets and have complete control is the best way to go. Not to mention its fun too! 
Apr 21, 2008 03:09 PM #3
Jean Powers
Kane & Associates call 510.908.9002 - Alameda, CA
CRS,e-PRO,HAFA,SFR Broker, Northern California
I have had Pt2 for a couple of years and I too like being in control and so my own thing
Apr 21, 2008 03:29 PM #4
Crystal Ledbetter
Texas Home Group - Montgomery, TX
Still waiting for a myspace type web site for realtors, any suggentions?
Apr 21, 2008 03:31 PM #5
Cape Coral Florida Golf Course and Waterfront Homes
Gulf Coast Realty Network, Inc. - Cape Coral, FL

Don't know of any MySpace type sites.  I am on MySpace and joined several Realtor Referral Networks.

I'm doing an out-of-state FSBO site because I own property in a resort that has limited Realtor support for resales.  Just an experiment for me.

If your broker doesn't like you dealing with FSBOs, then maybe you need to re-examine your situation.  As long as you are making money at it, FSBOs are a natural prospecting field for most of us.

Apr 22, 2008 01:59 AM #6
Ben Myers
The Broker Ben Group at Realty Idaho - Meridian, ID
CEO/Designated Broker
I have multiple sites, one being a Point 2 site, and they offer a great product.  I like some of my custom sites a little better because I had the ability to customize them more, but for the price a lot of template sites are great.
Apr 29, 2008 01:10 PM #7
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES
I need to get another website along with my Point2agent website. I am not getting leads with my website even though I am still making some changes on it. Hope you get many leads on your website. Great post.
Apr 29, 2008 01:47 PM #8
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