Here is Useful Websites #14:
Do you remember what was the clue or hint I had given for this site? Let me see if you can still get it. The clue was: Real-time Real Estate Data.
And here is the answer - or here is the useful website #14.
I think, this is the first useful website that I have included in this series which is NOT FREE. But to best of my knowledge, if you contact them, they will surely provide you a sample report in your area. Look at the report and then decide weather you'd like to subscribe to their services or not.
So what do they do?
As the name suggest - they do some kind of research. And since their 'tag-line' is Real-time Real Estate Data , you can put 2 and 2 together and arrive at '22' (oooops..it should read '4') - Yes, they research the real estate data. And how can they help us, Realtors(r)? Here it is...
Have you ever come across the 'big' question - How's the market?
Most probably, your answer will begin with -- 'It depends' and then, you follow up with your own script. As far as AltosResearch is concerned, THEY HAVE THE RIGHT ANSWER based on the most recent data (updated on weekly basis).
( In fact, I was introduced to AltosResearch team at recent Tom Ferry events (one in Boston - Business By Design in June 2010 and another one at Anaheim, CA - Tom Ferry's Success Summit.) And no surprise - their promotion table was next to ActiveRain's promotion table at one of this event. So, here I am, trying to find out what ActiveRain has to offer me and just next to them, it is AltosResearch. )
Here is one of the graphs for my market from their website (and let me remind you - THIS IS LIVE DATA and THIS CHART GETS UPDATED EVERY WEEK!) --
This chart clearly negates the big news about 27% down market in July. In fact, DOM are going down and median price is going up!
Imagine having this information on your webpage - updated every week, automatically. Will you not have more visitors, visiting your website more often - and you are crowned as 'market expert' for your market! And you can blog about this, too. (I plan to do so, for sure!)
There is a lot to what they offer - but I do not want to write an essay about their services.
This is from their home page:
What is the Real Estate Market Doing Right Now?
You don't have time to wait. The housing market is changing day to day. You need to know what the market is doing based on real-time data. Unlike other sources that take months to gather market data, Altos Research analyzes current real estate activity. Only Altos helps you get the up-to-date information you need. Today.