EVERYONE WANTS TO GET IN THE REAL ESTATE BUSINESS - A RANT

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Real Estate Agent with Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate 303829;0225082372

LOOKS LIKE THE REAL ESTATE BUSINESS IS TOUGH FOR EVERYONE, INCLUDING THE LEAD COMPANIES.  These on line lead generating entities junk up my mail box, the search engines, the directories, our servers and our lives.  They pallute the search engines as badly as a diesel engine on the highway pallutes the air we breath behind it. 

I've gotten the below in my "Junk" e-mail box about 25 times.  Of course, this isn't the only one, just the most annoying today.  Junk mail has increased a bit over the past week.  This junk adds a tremendous cost for all of us using the Internet to advertise our services to consumers.  Funny thing about the lead generating companies, they too, advertise our services.  They just don't provide any services to the consumer.

All I want them to do is "Get out of my way" and let the consumer find the web site of a licensed real estate  agent or broker where the consumer won't be sold to agents like so much meat. 

If every agent and broker in the country would stop falling for these offers of good buyer and seller leads today, they would all dry up and go away and we'd all move directly UP on the search engine results pages.  Imagine what the Internet would be like if a consumer searching for "real estate anywhere" would see actual licensed real estate agents and brokers at the top of SERP and not 3 or 4 lead generation companies that grab the consumer inquiries with promise of great service when they are really simply selling the consumer to agents and brokers who will pay their price for the consumer lead.  These companies are the epitome of "no added value". 

I saw a post on ActiveRain this a.m. from a lead generation company seeking mortgage leads to sell to mortgage loan folks.  I'm sure this isn't a first. 

The lead generation companies cannot help a consumer find a home. 
The lead generation companies cannot help a consumer buy a home.
The lead generation companies cannot help a consumer sell a home.
The lead generation companies cannot make mortgage loans.
The lead generation companies can only suck the consumer in and sell them to the
agent, broker, loan officer who will pay the price.

Work ActiveRain and generate your own buyer, seller, borrower contacts.  At least, if the consumer selects you, you'll be able to deliver the service they need and not just sell them to the genuine real estate service providers. 

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 Dedicated to promoting the professional Realtor since 1999

To Lenn Harley,

This is a reminder that the offer to participate in the "SUPER-DUPER REAL ESTATE NETWORK" at the 50% off rate concludes in 6 days. I hope you have had an opportunity to evaluate the program at WWW.SUPER-DUPER-REAL-ESTATE -NETWORK.COM, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH.

Total fees for one year is $47.50, a 50% reduction from the normal $95.00 and your fees will be locked in at the reduced rate and will not increase for as long as your membership is active. There are no additional costs or charges.

To join, go to WWW.SUPER-DUPER-REAL-ESTATE -NETWORK.COM  and click 'Join'.

Click here to view actual comments from members. 

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Jason

Thanks for commenting.  I get several calls a day.  They believe that we are all stupid.  All I want them to do is get out of my way and let me move up in Google SERP.

We'll be getting more calls from them, I fear.  It's a bloddy agrivation.  I don't mind chatting with them for a minute or two.  But, the minute they start with something ignorant like, "So, you don't want any Internet business?", that's when the phone hits the floor.

 

September 19, 2007 07:28 AM
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Lenn: Would it surprise you to learn that I too have been the subject of their attention? Must be coming through AR, as it began shortly after I joined. They must not check the profile very closely.

Jay 

September 19, 2007 04:41 PM
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Jay.  That's funny.  No trouble with my info, I'm all over the Internet.  Which surprises me when they call and say "would you like more businss from the Internet".

Sometimes I ask them where they found me.

September 19, 2007 04:56 PM
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I have had these companies call numerous times. Then a good friend of mine went to work for a large company, who suggest they have values. He insisted that I join and promised the world. Against my better judgement, I signed an Iron Clad Contract. I through about $5000 away for nothing so that he could earn about $300-$500. This program wasted so much of my time and money. I told him that I wanted to cancel. He then told me that it was out of his hands. That wasn't what he said when I was SOLD. I would have rather wrote him a check for this amount. He traded that commission check for our friendship. A friend would never do that. He sold me alright!!!
September 20, 2007 04:46 AM
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Nathan, Nathan.

All I can say is that "with friends like that, you don't need enemies".

With real estate in the dump, you'd think these lead pimps would have so much business they wouldn't have to solicitate us daily.  But, it never stops.

 

September 20, 2007 06:01 AM
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