Is it time for NAR to take back our data on Realtor.com?

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty 277320
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Last week I posted about an issue I had on Realtor.com. The schools shown on the school tab were not correct. Not even close to being correct is a better word. Despite numerous emails and calls I was told the school data could not be changed and the disclaimer on the schools states the data may not be correct. Seems Realtor.com uses a 3rd party which simply draws a radius around the home to show the closest school, irregardless of the school district.

 

Many of you comments and I thank you. It seems similar issues with mapping schools etc have been common place and the quality of service and response from Realtor.com is mediocre at best.

 

Now , We go get the listings. We shoot the photos, load the data and spend our $$ in doing so. Realtor.com then takes our data, CHARGES US TO PUT IT ON THEIR SITE, yet if they make an error it is difficult or impossible to get it changed.

 

Has NAR sold us out to Realtor.com? If you feel so, please comment on this post, email to other Realtors. Email Realtor.com  customercare@realtor.com and write a letter to Allen Dalton CEO of Realtor.com. His address is Homestore Corporate Headquarters, 910 E Hamilton Ave 6th floor, Campbell CA 95008.

A letter to the NAR president also could help.

 

Below is a link to my most recent post on this issue  Thanks for taking time to read this post.

 http://actvra.in/sSk

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Rainmaker
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Sandy Acevedo
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale
951-290-8588

I only pay NAR when I have to pay dues. And I stopped paying Realtor.com at least 4 years ago. I never got a call from anyone on realtor.com, and my listings sold without their help. How about emailing the NAR CEO in addition to a letter?

February 14, 2012 12:33 AM
Rainer
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Kris Wales
Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI
Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center

Joe, I think it would be a good idea to have this post be open to the public, and not members only.  The public (our consumers) need to see that this type of "mistake" is not OUR fault, but the lax attitude of Realtor.com on the integrity of the data.

Thank you SO much for bringing this to our attention.

February 14, 2012 07:21 AM
Rainmaker
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Joe Jackson
Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty

I iwll do anohter follow up post and make it public

February 14, 2012 07:28 AM
Rainmaker
226,015
Jonathan Benya
MD Short Sale Specialist
Keller Williams Select Realtors

Were we sold out by NAR on this one?? You betcha.  Is there anything you can do to "take back" Realtor.com?  NOPE.  Contracts were signed before NAR had the vision to see the true value of the domain, and this was the result.  Now it's BIG MONEY, and there's no good reason to change it.

February 14, 2012 08:02 AM
Rainmaker
451,192
Allison Stewart
St. Cloud Fl Realtor, Osceola County Real Estate 407-616-9904
St.Cloud Homes

Don't even get me started on the mapping issues!

February 14, 2012 08:05 AM
Rainmaker
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Joe Jackson
Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty

Oh so my next post should be mapping on Realtor.com? Jonathan do you know how long the contract is for?

February 14, 2012 08:10 AM
Rainer
303,419
Carol Miller
Apple Valley Lake
RE/MAX Stars Realty

I am curious at what point NAR could legally take back REALTOR.com.

February 14, 2012 08:12 AM
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Linda Freter, Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty

Will all the hype about how Realtor.com is a top site for consumers to check on listings, don't you think they would want to be the most accurate and professional site available?  None of this is happening and I find it to be a bad business move on the part of Realtor.com not to open themselves to our suggestions.

February 14, 2012 08:30 AM
Rainmaker
513,505
Pat & Wayne Harriman
Broker/Owners, Wallingford CT Real Estate
Harriman Real Estate, LLC (203) 672-4499

Good points, Joe! I think this particular ship sailed way back when Homestore/Move.com took control of R.com years ago. That was probably the biggest mistake ever NAR made, IMHO. Or at least one out of many...

February 14, 2012 08:44 AM
Ambassador
1,082,680
Bryan Robertson
Broker, Author, Speaker
Catarra Real Estate, Inc

It's just lazy programming.  Education.com has the this whole space covered very well.  If Realtor.com wanted accuracy, they'd license it.

February 14, 2012 09:35 AM
Rainmaker
1,390,338
Maureen McCabe
Columbus Ohio Real Estate
HER Realtors

I don't think NAR can take back what they gave away.  Can they?  

I kind of like that if someone is interested in schools they need to be working with an agent because Trulia, Zillow and Realtor.com don't cut it.  They don't cut it on attendence areas within a school district and NOT with school districts in our convoluted market anyway. Maybe closest to works in other markets.

I can understand your concern as a seller though.  Until I saw your post I did not realize that Realtor.com did not at least have school district info for a listing. One of the earliest things I ever "said" on Zillow was a comment about a Brookside Colony address (Dublin Schools) having info  about Brookside Elementary (Worthington schools.)

February 14, 2012 10:16 AM
Rainmaker
647,360
Evelyn Kennedy
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA
Gallagher & Lindsey, Alameda, California

Joe:

If we could take back our Realtor.com info, I think everyone would agree that we should do that.  But is that possible? 

February 14, 2012 02:19 PM
Anonymous #43
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Tamisha Beedy

Joe really good point made here! I absolutely agree with this going public. So many buyers are using Realtor.com and are missing great homes that are in the school district they are looking for all because they are not loaded correctly.

February 14, 2012 05:30 PM
Rainmaker
973,701
Sharon Alters
Your Fleming Island Relocation Agents.
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty

Joe, Realtor.com leaves a lot to be desired. They really believe they're above and beyond all of us, even though without us they wouldn't exist.

Sharon

February 14, 2012 09:15 PM
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Christine Donovan
Broker/Attorney 800-610-7253 DRE01267479 - Costa M
Donovan Blatt Realty

Joe - This is one of those issues that I have to wonder about sometimes.  How is NAR helping us by selling us out basically and taking our data so that they can charge us for their site?

February 14, 2012 09:34 PM
Rainmaker
1,153,440
Cheryl Ritchie
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com

What you read between the lines is that there needs to be a system or mechanism for changes to obtain accuracy.

February 15, 2012 10:41 AM
Rainer
205,153
Marge Piwowarski
Phoenix AZ Horse Property, LLC
Phoenix AZ Horse Property

NAR sold us out long ago and dosn't run Realtor.com.  It is no better than any other syndicated site, they all take our data, corrupt it, don't purge old data, none of it is entirely accurate or up to date and then lots of us are paying to advertise there?  How much stupider could we be? 

February 15, 2012 01:25 PM
Rainmaker
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Joe Jackson
Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty

Again the feeling is that Realtor.com really is not listening to our needs.

February 15, 2012 05:32 PM
Rainer
225
Kim Livoti

Joe,

   I completely agree and will write a letter. Our local MLS does not require agents to even be a Realtor and HALF of all their members are not. They all automatically go to Realtor.com and get the same benefits as a Realtor. We should not be billed for every little thing and this should be a perk of being a Realtor. I feel no need to be a Realtor anymore if a regular agent can get the same exposure at the same price on a Realtor website. We should have it included in the NAR fees.

April 13, 2012 06:43 AM
Rainmaker
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Joe Jackson
Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty

Thanks Kim for your comments!

April 13, 2012 02:14 PM
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