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Calling IDX Customers of iHomeFinder, Real Geeks, Displet, and IDX Broker

The steering committee for Geek Build 2012 would absolutely love to have an IDX Review for each of the 5 IDX providers still on the table prior to making a final recommendation. Daniel Bacon has written a full review of Diverse Solutions, but there are 4 more IDX providers to be covered.

If you have first hand experience using Real Geeks, Displet, iHomeFinder, or IDX Broker AND you are willing to write up a review that includes pros and cons (similar to Daniel’s post) — please leave a comment or shoot me an email at drew at esmexecdesigns.com.

We’re not going to wait too long to make a recommendation – these reviews will need to be completed by Friday morning.

Thanks in advance!

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Founder of Geek Estate Blog. He is a Travel addict & co-founder of Horizon. Social entrepreneurship & microfinance advocate. Fan of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Kiva.

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  • Ecart Lee

    I am familiar and have experience with most of these idx solutions. I would be happy to add my two-cents. 

    • http://www.drewmeyersinsights.com/ Drew Meyers

      Please shoot me a note and I can setup an account for you on Geek Estate to draft it up. But need to reiterate that the review needs to be done by the end of this week to get it posted.

  • http://www.adrhi.com Jeff Manson

    Posting on a Wednesday and asking for a review by Friday is kind of rushing it, don’t you think?

    • http://www.drewmeyersinsights.com/ Drew Meyers

      I know it’s rushed – but this IDX recommendation has taken too long already. We need to resolve this one way or another and move on with getting these sites built.

      • http://www.adrhi.com Jeff Manson

        why not have the agents or brokers choose which one they want to use based on reviews and what their goals are instead of having all of them to stuck with one solution?? Just curious??? If the agent feels their users would prefer a map based search only they might want DS and if they think their users would prefer an easier more simple solution that offers both list and map that has a lower bounce rate and higher lead conversion they might want Real Geeks or Displet… Based on the earlier posts and comments there a wide variety of agents you are working with :-)

        • http://www.drewmeyersinsights.com/ Drew Meyers

          We’re not going to (and we can’t even if we wanted to) FORCE the Geek Build participants to use a specific IDX provider. It’s their site, and they can use whoever they wish at the end of the day. But we do want to take all the feedback we’ve gotten into consideration and make a recommended selection.

          • http://www.adrhi.com Jeff Manson

             Thanks for clarifying that :-)  happy travels!!!

  • http://www.onewavedesigns.com/ Paul Coffman

    I have quite a bit of experience with Real Geeks as I currently manage 8 websites for different agents and agencies all over the country. I also use Real Geeks on my own real estate website, which I’ve operated for 16 years, and have a few different idx’s on it prior to real geeks.

    • http://www.drewmeyersinsights.com/ Drew Meyers

      Hey Paul-
      if you want to write up your overall over experiences with real geeks — that would be great.

      sorry for the rush timeline..

  • http://www.facebook.com/kevincottrell Kevin Cottrell

    Drew – et. al.  We’ve been on the Real Geeks system for more than three years (we were their first retail customer in the mainland) and have two sites operating in St Louis and Austin.  Happy to provide a review in detail as we have extensive experience working with the system, their support team etc.  I understand from the comments that the deadline is Friday, correct?  

    • http://www.drewmeyersinsights.com/ Drew Meyers

      Hey Kevin-
      I believe I have someone writing a Real Geeks review already. But would love your thoughts in the comments when that gets posted. I don’t want to give preferential treatment and give one IDX provider two separate reviews though..

  • Mattsmithremax

    I have personal experience with IDX Broker, and Real Geeks in 2011.  I will begin by saying that IDX Broker did help me and did provide me the ability to have properties available on my sites for customer use and I was able to create some excellent customer’s through sign up with landing page.

    However, once my buddy called me and said, “You’ve got to see this!  I know you’ve always been looking for a bank end solution and manager”.  Once I took a look at Real Geeks, I never turned back.  The customer service and the hands on from the start up was stellar.

    Immediately, I was pointed to a webinar, which was live and interactive. I got to see Real Geeks hands on and had it thoroughly explained to me.  I got to see all of the tools that I dreamdt of, however, didn’t have.  All in one solution.  I now had the blogging, the seo capability, the advanced searches. 

    The best part was I had the ability to see exactly what the customer was doing.  What searches, what were customers favorites.  I had the ability to interact with the client through the manager.  I could email, call, and keep notes right there in the manager. More so, I had the ability to see when the client was active online.  Giving me the opportunity to interact with them.  I could perform searches on the 100’s on new opportunities in my database manager provided by Real Geeks.  I could search on how many searches the client was doing.  I could, now, really manage and decide how I would market to these new found opportunities.  I could label them hot, cold, not contacted.  I could put in follow ups, reminders and appointments.  I could share database with other agents on my team and affiliate partners.  All provided by Real Geeks.

    Now my biggest challenge is staying in touch and providing value and good information.

     Bottom -line  for me is that I am not a so called geek and this system allows me to do my job and sell real estate!  Which is what i get paid to do.

  • http://DallasHomeRealty.com/ Todd Tramonte

    I have used IDX Broker and currently use Real Geeks.  I’d be happy to write a review of one or both.

    • http://www.drewmeyersinsights.com/ Drew Meyers

      Would love a review of IDX Broker

  • http://www.sarasotaone.com/ John Woodward

    I started with RealGeeks about a year and a half ago. I looked at 11 different solutions. I liked the RealGeeks solution because it was unique from other sites in my market, the pages fully indexed, and loved the fact the pages came up quickly with all the information a buyer would want without a lot of “spinning tops.” The real clincher for me was that the site was written and developed by active, tech savvy real estate professionals who actually put food on the table from the site.

    Price is always a consideration but I would rather pay more for a site that produces sales (not just leads). The site is very affordable and there were no hidden fees to set the site up. At times, I felt like I was their only customer although I knew I wasn’t. We had a few complex issues to present locations in a meaningful way and there was no charge for the extra work Jeff and his team did.

    I have no basis to compare a past site since this was the first full blown IDX site I did. I don’t think the work is ever “done” with an active site but organic traffic levels have been increasing at a consistent 20-30% per month over the past several months to the point where I have just recently brought in several agents to help work the leads. Using pay-per-click is very effective while you build authority and content. My last PPC run produced 84 visits (for $100) and converted at a rate of 31%, the bounce rate was 13%, average time on site was 11:00 minutes and an average of 21.6 pages per visit. Organic leads are less but of course, being first in the SERP makes a big difference.

    RealGeeks continues to roll out improvements to the site. They listen to the feed back and are constantly adding functionality at no additional cost. There is also a forum where all of us can bounce ideas and strategies back and forth. This has been very helpful. I think a mobile option will be out soon.

    You don’t need a lot of computer skills to get started. Pages can be built quickly and will index well following what Jeff has put together. For the more technically skilled, you can also add other complex features onto you pages if you wish like Facebook widgets, clickable images, Google maps, walk-score and just about anything you want. I notice posts from the integrated blog feature indexes within 24 hours. Posting to Facebook and twitter area snap and photos for the posts can be selected in Facebook from photos on the page or blog entry you are posting.

    The lead manager helps agents to know what their prospects are looking at, schedule follow-ups, and quickly email standardized emails through the email template. A response can go out in seconds. Events can be tracked by type and sorted in many different ways. Notifications as to lead activity can be basic activity up to a notification when your lead does just about anything.

    The site will work well for an individual or someone who wants to build a team of buyer agents. Leads can be assigned round-robin across the board or within groups of agents in a particular area. “Weighting” lead assignments can also put more leads towards the more productive agents on your team. There are also several tools available to track and monitor response times and agent activities.

    There are many quality solutions out there but I believe with a little hard work and patience, building your site with RealGeeks is a winner.

    The obvious disclaimer needed…I am a Real Geeks customer and am not receiving any compensation for this opinion. I am also happy to talk to anyone about the site and my experiences.

  • http://www.SiliconValleyRealEstateTeam.com/ Silicon Valley Real Estate

     I currently use IDXBroker, IHomefinder, Diverse Solutions and E-Agents, they all have their pro’s and cons but currently I feel that DS gives you the best SEO, then IHomefinder.  Now this is ONLY comparing the IDX solutions mentioned.  I do think that “Real Geeks” is definitely one of the VERY best full featured solutions out there.  I remember talking and getting a demo with Jeff Manson at the early stages of it’s development and it was very good back then.

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