Jack Lewitz (IL Real Estate Specialists)

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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

No... a company web site is important for public visability and respect

Jan 14, 2016 09:12 AM
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Bob Betel
Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc. - Sweetwater, TN
President, Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc

I think the company websites are important, just because people know the name. Agent websites are getting better, but more people know REMAX, than any agent that works there.

Jan 14, 2016 07:46 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I think that it is important for all to have a website, though many are so overloaded with crap that you cannot even find something important like a contact number and email address.

Jan 14, 2016 07:05 PM
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FN LN
Toronto, ON

No.  Company websites have many purposes, not just to find homes.

Jan 14, 2016 04:02 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Not yet. My broker says he gets lots of leads on his website.

Jan 14, 2016 12:44 PM
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Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

I get a lot of business from mine, so, no, not obsolete.

Jan 14, 2016 12:32 PM
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Joan Dickie
Keller Williams Premier Realty - La Crosse, WI
Keller Williams Premier Realty

In my franchise it's all about the agent, not the company, so yes, I would say that.

Jan 14, 2016 09:58 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Better not be,  I just spend 1 hour with my web person today!

Jan 14, 2016 08:54 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

No it is not.

Jan 14, 2016 08:45 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I do not think so.  At the very least it provides contact information and can be a good hub for data and agent info.

Jan 14, 2016 08:33 AM
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Jack they have value  as long as they stay updated and with the times. Many do not.

Jan 14, 2016 08:27 AM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

I don't think so.  Our company has a really good one, and the idea is to attract new clients and new agents.

Jan 14, 2016 08:25 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

I feel that would depend on the company site.  I am an advocate for agents having their own site ... but they need to work on it so it ranks.

Jan 14, 2016 08:06 AM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

I think agent websites are more important than company/broker websites.

Jan 14, 2016 07:24 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

The good ones are incredibly important.

The bad ones are not.

The good ones without proper feeder systems are ineffective

The bad ones with good feeder systems are ineffective.

Most broker and franchise sites are to lure newbies into the fold, Newbies have no idea they are seeing a facade masquerading as a vital resource.

I will say I get many leads from the REMAX.com website.

Jan 14, 2016 07:12 AM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I hope not

Jan 16, 2016 10:15 PM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

The big companies rank high in the searches, and have a link to us.   I strive to rank my own site higher.

Jan 15, 2016 02:41 AM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

It does have a little google juice that rubs off on me.

Jan 14, 2016 11:35 PM
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

Our own personal site is what makes our phones ring.

Jan 14, 2016 10:43 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Company websites remain important for name visibility!

Jan 14, 2016 09:43 PM
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Brenda J. Andrew
ULTIMA REAL ESTATE - Corpus Christi, TX
Professional Realtor in Corpus Christi, TX

If I am reading your question right I thought you were talking about my Broker's website.  I have my own and send everything to my own website.  I think it is important to capture leads and have something to send business to.  I don't think my Broker's website is beneficial for me, but mine is.  

Jan 14, 2016 09:14 PM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Not with my company. It's always on the first page of results after the huge portals like realtor.com, zillow, etc.

Jan 14, 2016 08:32 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

We have a nice website.

Jan 14, 2016 08:14 PM
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TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 I am working very hard to rebrand my website and team. I'm doing my best to make this a user information site.

Jan 14, 2016 05:28 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Jack Lewitz - you may be right to an extent. Though web presence is a great idea for companies/brokerages.

Jan 14, 2016 12:13 PM
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

I agree! 

Jan 14, 2016 11:58 AM
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Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

I don't think company websites are obsolete but agree that many of them are not user friendly.

Jan 14, 2016 11:24 AM
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Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

In my opinion, yes. Search is all they want and google does that pretty well.

Jan 14, 2016 11:14 AM
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Michelle Queen
Ashton Taylor Realty - Cartersville, GA
The Realty Queen

I think the mobile apps are taking over however a website is still important to the not as tech savvy people who will use the websites. People are busier these days than over so I am seeing more mobile app users.

 

Jan 14, 2016 11:01 AM
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

No way, Jack Lewitz The weak will disappear but the strong will dominate

Jan 14, 2016 10:37 AM
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Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA
FrankRubiRealEstate.com

We have a website and the intention is to draw new clients. SO I would say having an up to date site is important and a must have. 

Jan 14, 2016 09:24 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

If AMP and Project Upstream work as intended and the money is there to make it so, it should accelerate the decline as well as eliminate most of the IDX outreach.

Jan 14, 2016 07:39 AM
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David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

Jack,
I don’t they are or should be obsolete ? The challenge is that web sites do best when they have a very narrow focus and a real estate company is trying to address, sellers, buyers, distressed properties, home search, recruiting agents, and the list goes on and on. And that all should look good and work well on a mobile device.

Jan 14, 2016 07:21 AM