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Back In My Day We Had To PAY To Advertise Listings....

 And call a travel agent to book a flight.  And look up a phone number in the Yellow Pages when I wanted to order pizza.  Or call the restaurant for directions or to make a reservation.  And when I got a new listing, I immediately called the local newspaper to make sure it got in next Sunday's edition.  Fun to think that these were everyday realities only just a few years ago.

While there is still expense when it comes to marketing a home, today there are so many sites that offer listing exposure without getting your wallet out. 

Here are a few of the sites to utilize in your marketing efforts (in alphabetical order).  Please take special note of the aggregaters, or sites where you can upload the listing once and it goes out to numerous places: 

Backpage.com- This is one of the latest Classified websites to emerge.  It is similar to Craigslist where you can post in the real estate catagory for free.  If you are interested in how they make money or want to learn more about them, click here.  Not a major presence on the real estate scene yet, but worth noting. 

Craigslist.org - When you go to this site, it is so visually unappealing and hard to navigate, you think, who uses this site?  Let me tell you, a lot of people.  In my job I meet with a lot of agents, and consistently I hear that this is one of their best sources of leads.  Whoever posts last gets their listing on top, so be sure to repost occasionally.  Don't even waste you time posting if you don't include photos.  Listing with photos are tagged as such and with the site getting so populated with listings, homes without photos are easily overlooked. 

Cyberhomes.com - This automated home-valuation site operated by Fidelity National Real Estate announced May 17th that they will now accept for-sale listing information from Agents.  There wasn't much information about the process yet at the time of this post. 

Google Base, base.google.com - More than 56% of all Internet searches on "real estate"and related terms are conducted on Google, so it is great that you now have an opportunity to leverage this traffic for free.  Visit this page to see which upload method best suites your needs.  http://base.google.com/base/help/realestate.html

Point2NLS.com - Become a member of this site (for free) and you you have access to many of the site's features, one of which is there Exposure EngineTM, which will pump your listing to all of Point2 NLS's syndication partners.  Their syndication partners include sites like Point2Homes, Oodle, Edgeio, Yahoo Classifieds, Live Deal, and Propsmart.  They make money by selling program enhancements.

Postlets.com- This is another aggregater website.  Sign up for a free account.  Choose your category and enter your ad information.  You can upload up to 12 photos.  Then the site automatically submits your ad to search engines like: Trulia, Google Base, Oodle, Backpage, Local.com, Lycos, Propsmart, Edgeio, Vast, and ByOwnerMLS.com. 

Trulia.com - This is one of the fastest movers up the most trafficked real estate list as of late.  They take feeds from a number of national brokerages, so if you are with one of those, there is a good chance your listing is already on the site.  One of the things that makes this site different than others on the list is that they don't display the full listing detail on their site, but rather partial data and then the user have to click to the listing agent's site to see all of the details and photos. 

vFlyer.com- The final aggregator on this list.  VFlyer has single upload and bulk upload capabilities.  Once you upload you listing, it is automatically sent to sites like: Google Base, Oodle, Vast, Trulia Edgeio and more.  VFlyer is hoping to generate income by selling additional services, but the distribution system is free. 

Zillow.com - (disclosure- I work for this company) Zillow is the top trafficked real estate website that allows for free postings.  You can post unlimited photos, link to your website and display all of your contact information.  All leads generated through the site go directly to you.  You must go to the site to register, it is not partnered with any aggregater sites. 

A few obscure free listing sites to note:

http://www.realestateabc.com/.com

http://www.findmyroof.com/.com

http://www.land.net/

http://www.citycribs.com/.com (New York)

http://www.epage.com/.com

http://www.ruralhomes.com/

http://www.smalltownhomes.com/

http://www.houselist.com/.com

http://www.shopdreamhouse.com/

http://www.localism.com/.com - Can't forget this one!

I am sure there are others out there people are using, please feel free to contribute below. 

Happy Posting!!

Photo courtesy of Sacramento Bee, Sunday, February 29, 1994

 

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Comment balloon 24 commentsSara Bonert • May 18 2007 05:10PM

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Sara, your research will benefit many an agent...if they'er savvy enough to grasp the wealth of information you just posted and use it efficiently! 

WOW!  Consider yourself "Bookmarked!"  And THANK YOU SO MUCH for the incredible resources you put at our fingertips!

Thanks again! 

 

Posted by Maria "Antoinette" Scognamiglio, GRI, ASP, There's no substitute for EXPERIENCE! (Coldwell Banker Realty) about 13 years ago
Hit print... there are a couple here I've never seen. Thanks for sharing Sara!
Posted by Dena Stevens Coriz, Putting The Real Into Realtor Since 2004 (Rocky Mountain Realty ) about 13 years ago
Thanks for all the resources.  I currently use many of these avenues.  I'm a big fan of Craiglist especially.  I will be looking into the others as well.  Thanks again!
Posted by Inland Empire Real Estate Short Sale Pro, InlandHomeFinder.com (InlandHomeFinder.com) about 13 years ago
I see that several real estate aggregator sites pass on their listings to common sites such as google base. Do the common sites have filters to prevent multiple listings of the same property - or do they show up several times if they come from several sources?
Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) about 13 years ago
Sara - Thank you for the good resources that we all do not know yet!  I have been using vflyer for a few weeks now and I love it!
Posted by Virginia Halter, ABR, CDPE, CRS, GREEN, SFR, SRES (RE/MAX Signature Properties) about 13 years ago
I've bookmarked this so I can come back and check them all out.  So many places, so little time.
Posted by Tim Maitski, Truth, Excellence and a Good Deal (Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage) about 13 years ago
Thanks for the heads up. In a down market it's good to know about and utilize the freebies. My kids still need to eat!
Posted by Mother Lode, Real Estate Master (Real Living Sugar Pine Realty) about 13 years ago
This is great information.  I thought I had heard of all of them, but you named quite a few that I had not.  Thank you1
Posted by Anne-Marie Castillo (Keller Williams Realty) about 13 years ago
Hi Sara....I wrote a blog about this about a week ago.  Having been a real estate broker for 27 years I appreciate what can be done with technology and I surely embrace it.  The post I wrote about a week ago mentioned I think we are all going to have to have a full time assistant just to keep our listings posted to all of these sites!  Postlet claims one can write one ad and they will post that ad to several sites.  The problem is that all sites are not created equal in terms of text and number of photos they allow.  I have tried most of the sites you mention with no success except for Craigs List.  For two years I have been posting my listings on Craigs List every two weeks with a link back to my site.  This has made me 7 sales to date this year.   In comparison I posted a listing on Zillow 9 months ago and I only had one link from Zillow back to my site....my own! with no calls or emails from Zillow.  My bet is that a new site will emerge every month for a long time and I for one am not going to embrace them all.  Have a great weekend.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 13 years ago

Sharon- Yes, most of the sites do have such kind of filters and have various ways to identify the duplicates.

George- I definitely can understand where you are coming from.  It does take a lot of time tolearn about and post to the various sites.  My comment to you is purely from a perspective of consumer (not agent) who has bought or sold about one house a year for the past six years.  When I am in the process of buying or selling, I probably search on about 15-20 sites (including personal broker/agent sites).  And it isn't always that one particular site drives me to make a call, but rather seeing things over and over. 

Secondly, I have always used a buyer's agent when buying.  So my process is that I search and search and research and research, and rather calling/emailing the listing agent, I send any questions or homes of interest to my buyers rep.  So essentially the listing agent knows that a particular advertisement they ran made me take an action.  But I can tell you that I have found many-a-house online. 

So I am in the camp of get your listings out there as much as you can because you never know when and where that right person is going to find it. 

Posted by Sara Bonert, Real Estate Internet Marketing (Zillow) about 13 years ago
Thanks for the info, Sara,
Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) about 13 years ago

Thanks Sara but you missed my point my friend.  I have tried most every site you mentioned including Zillow with zero results except for Craigs List.  If I continue to pay an assistant to post on sites that get no results where is the value in that?  Also, assuming another 6 sites develope between now and the end of the year...where does all this end and should we as agents post on say 50-100 sites a year or two from now just because they are there?

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 13 years ago
Thanks Sara, I have bookmarked this Blog. Some of these sites I currently use others I was not aware of. Thanks for the heads up..... Your Awesome !
Posted by Anonymous about 13 years ago

Thanks for the blog.  I wrote one and listed some of the ones I found out about and I am currently using.  I agree that sometimes it take repeat information for it to stick and for me to go to it and use it.  In this market, I don't think there are too many ways to try to get the customers to you.  So the more the merrier.  Its like everything else, some will love it and some will think it is too much information in one message and some will just not soak it in right now.  Another blog, another day and it will be useful probably to the very one that is saying no thanks right now.

As for me, THANK YOU, thank you.

www.motheranddaughterrealty.com

 

Posted by Rosemary Brooks, The Mother & Daughter Realty Team (BMC Real Estate - 209-910-3706) about 13 years ago

Sara,

That information is so valuable for us.  While I'm using a few of those sites to advertise my listings, there are tons of others I wasn't familiar with.  Many thanks to you for  posting.

Posted by Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton (Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC) about 13 years ago
Sara,

Thanks for taking the time to gather all this information to share. Even though I already use a lot of the outlets you highlight in your post, I am constantly amazed at how many of my fellow Realtors don't know the first thing about this subject, or who any of the big players are. They think by putting their listings on their local MLS's that they are done. There is also the client's perspective to think about. In this market they want to know exactly where their property is going to be seen, and want as many people as possible to see it. This kind of marketing is a key component to our listing presentation, and is just another way agents can differentiate themselves from the pack. Yes, it’s time consuming to manage but I am hopeful that in the near future we will see multiple services launched to help us do just that.

Thanks again for the information.

Posted by Carolyn Dubrofsky (Charleston Your Home ) about 13 years ago
Great info, thanks!
Posted by Joe Sampson (Exit Realty Experts) about 13 years ago
Great post. There are so many of these sites and it seems like they pop up daily. It's hard to keep track of everything. Thanks for putting them in one post. It will make them easier to find!
Posted by Christy Powers, Pooler, Savannah Real Estate Agent (Keller Williams Coastal Area Partners) about 13 years ago

This is the best post.  I went to vflyer.com last night and now I have flyers for my listings.  A little work putting in all the information but I soon pick up the cut and paste shortcut and now I am finished with that one.  Thanks alot.

Got up early this morning to get on with the postlets.com and I love that one too.  I wanted to upgrade to Plus but need credits to do that for free, and to get credits you need to invite someone to join postlets and they do join then you get credits.  So if anyone is planning on joining and want me to invite them so I can get my plus upgrade, I'd love you forever.

I am loving this free stuff, hard work yeah, but its worth it to get more explosure.  Again, thanks for the post.

Rosemary

www.motheranddaughterrealty.com

Posted by Rosemary Brooks, The Mother & Daughter Realty Team (BMC Real Estate - 209-910-3706) about 13 years ago
Sara-Thanks for rolling those all up on one site for easy access later.  Plenty of free marketing available!  For those that are still thumbing through the yellow pages and asking a travel agent for advice they are the folks that unfortunately wont be found on the information superhighway.  Aloha!
Posted by 1SG (Ret.) David Kucic, President and Owner (Hawaii Military Realty, Inc.) about 13 years ago
Nice!  I use most now and I do get results...I think it is based on factors like who is the post of the property written to attract?  Different mediums require different directions to attract the buyer or agent you seek.  Thanks again.
Posted by Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375, Real Estate Services You can Trust! (Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions") about 13 years ago

Excellent compilation, Sara.  Thank you for sharing this with us.  I am wondering if some of the marginal sites will go away, and if some clear leaders will emerge.

Posted by Stefan Scholl, Northern Michigan Real Estate (Buyer's Broker of Northern Michigan, LLC) about 13 years ago
Sara, Thanks for sharing the list. Free is great as long as it isn't time consuming and it delivers results. Craigslist is the best free marketing vehicle that consistently delivers results.
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Hi Sara, Thanks for the invite to post. 

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Please visit at www.nationalrealestatepages.com.  We will be rolling out another 20 sites in addition to real estate, so our traffic should be huge.  You can list for free, 10 property photos, virtual tour, list until sold, and it's local. 

We have a limited # of ad spots per county, only 50, so if you know of any of your service providers that would like exclusive county advertising for only $699, please have them contact me.  We make our money off the advertisers that want to take advantage of the buyers and sellers lookling for homes. 

 

Posted by Fred Miller (National Real Estate Pages) over 12 years ago

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