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The Top 10 Overseas Real Estate Portals

March 28, 2010

Are you interested in buying real estate in Ireland, England, France, or somewhere else overseas? I’ve compiled a list of the top real estate web sites for buying real estate overseas. These international real estate portals are the highest ranking in the world.

1. Kyero.com
“Kyero.com is the No.1 Spanish property portal, with more than 100000 Spanish properties for sale from over 1500 leading Spanish property estate agents.”

2. ThinkSpain.com
“Real estate for sale in Spain.”

3. RightMove.co.uk
“Search over a Million properties for sale and to rent from the top estate agents and developers in the UK.”

4. TheMoveChannel.com
“The overseas property search portal that has been helping UK & international real estate agents, developers, investors and private owners to buy and sell houses, flats, homes, land, residential, investment, commercial and auction property since 1999.”

5. Property Index
“PropertyIndex.com can help you to find the perfect property to buy, rent or invest in, search from over 300,000 properties from estate agents around the world.”

6. PrimeLocation.com
“Find over 650,000 properties from leading UK and international estate agents and developers, including flats, homes and houses for sale and to rent.”

7. Point2Homes.com
“The Best Place on Earth to Find Homes.”

8. FindaProperty.com
“Property for sale & rent through leading UK & overseas estate agents & letting agents.”

9. PropertyShowrooms.com
“Property Investment Overseas – We are experts in property abroad; Operating the International Property Investment Network.”

10. Property-Abroad.com
“Overseas property portal helping you to find a cheap property overseas for sale direct from local estate agents, developers and private owners abroad.”

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The Death of Print Newspapers is Near

November 1, 2009

I think it is inevitable that, in the near future, most print newspapers and magazines will go 100% electronic. Fewer and fewer people will be interested in receiving information the old fashioned way. Only those businesses that embrace the new communication technologies will survive.

The other day I was talking to my wife about how newspapers are going out of business across the country and I thought of a new way to deliver the daily paper to consumers. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to order and receive the newspaper directly on your television set? Imagine not having to hold the huge paper in your hands. You could use a remote control to flip through the pages, click on links, access videos and even save and email favorite articles. Advertisers could include direct links to their business web sites.

I guess what I’m saying is…the Internet will probably soon be available through the TV in your living room. And I know it already is if you use an Apple TV, but I’m more talking about a system where the Internet is available, by default, on all cable TV systems.

The death of print newspapers and magazines is near. He who accepts the future can capitalize on it.

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Do InfoTubes do more harm than good?

October 29, 2008

infotubeIt has been my experience that placing an information tube on a real estate sign does more harm than good. Potential buyers grab the flyers and skim them for a few pieces of information, such as price, bedrooms, bathrooms and square feet. If any of these bits of data don’t match their criteria your flyer is crinkled into a ball and thrown into the trash. Had the buyer been forced to call the Realtor to get the information a few things could have happened…

1. The Realtor could have captured their name and phone number – at the very least from Caller ID.
2. The Realtor could have used their sales skills to upsell the strong points of your home and downplay it’s weaknesses.

With a printed flyer buyers are allowed to pre-judge your home even though it could very well be the perfect home for them. You’re losing buyers because you’re making the false assumption that the more information you provide the better your chances of selling. While you do need to provide all relevant information to potential buyers, you don’t have to do it in the first 5 seconds of contact. Ok, so you have only 1 bathroom. Maybe this negative could be overcome by the fact that you have 42″ maple cabinets in your upgraded kitchen with gorgeous Corian counters. That buyer would never even know about the dream kitchen if they discounted your home the moment they saw it only had 1 bathroom.

Skip the InfoTube and allow your Realtor to work for you!

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Where do I advertise my listings?

June 30, 2008

for-saleSeveral potential sellers have recently asked me about my advertising efforts. How do I advertise my listings? What works?  This post should explain my approach. In this declining real estate market most traditional forms of advertising, such as print advertising, aren’t effective at reaching potential buyers. It seems almost all home buyers begin their home search process online. They run searches on a variety of real estate sites and once they start to find attractive listings they contact a Realtor in the Tampa Bay area.

It is essential to advertise online and that is exactly what I do. Your home will be advertised on:

Realtor.com
My listings will be found on Realtor.com, the official site of the National Association of Realtors.

backpage.com
This is the online classifieds offered by Creative Loafing. Creative Loafing also provides a free weekly print newspaper distributed through a network of thousands of retail points of sale.

ByOwnerMLS.com
ByOwnerMLS.com is a Multiple Listing Service, that features virtually every “For Sale By Owner” property online. They have a section where they allow Realtors to advertise too.

DotHomes.com
They dub themselves “the real estate search engine” and offer amazing search capabilities.

Craigslist.org
Craigslist.org is one of the best sources for local real estate information. Just about everyone incorporates Craigslist.og into their home search efforts eventually.

Enormo
Their slogan is “Every property. Everywhere.” And they mean it. Search from close to 7,000,000 homes for sale all across the world on Enormo.com.

FrontDoor.com
This is HGTV’s real estate search engine. Frontdoor.com also offers great articles and helpful real estate data and information.

Google Base
Just about anything Google puts out is going to be good. Enjoy this highly visual real estate search engine.

HotPads
Hotpads.com is “the place to find your place.” They’re a map-based real estate search engine.

Local.com
A fantastic local search engine for real estate, restaurants, movie theaters, lawyers, grocery stores, florists, hotels, dry cleaners, health, finance, automobiles, coffee shops and more. Did I mention real estate too?

Lycos
A powerful online classifieds search engine that includes the ability to search for homes for sale in the Tampa Bay area.

Trulia
“The best place to start your real estate search.” Well, that’s what they say. I just might agree. Check them out.

Vast
A worldwide real estate search engine worth exploring.

Zillow.com
One of the coolest real estate sites on the web today. Punch in your address in the “Find” box and click “G” and you’ll soon have a rather reliable idea of your homes current market value.

Charles Rutenberg Realty
I’m proud to say that I work for the largest single real estate office in the United States. With over 2,500 Realtors out of my office alone you can imagine the value of reaching out to this powerful network of real estate professionals. My listings are given prominent attention on the Charles Rutenberg corporate web site.

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