There are many agents and brokers who have thought about managing their own websites due to the lack of service with previous IDX development companies. Before you think about stepping out on your own take a few minutes to read how Galtlinedesign can help you.
How are we different from all the other IDX -RETS Providers ?
A) When you become a customer of Galtlinedesign you get all of the updates and new functionality free. Forget about the good, better, best concept all new development is free as long as you remain a client of Galtlinedesign.
B) Galtlinedesign offers an open source CMS system. Why buy into a product that is proprietary. The majority of real estate technology companies offer proprietary systems. While these system might offer nice features many custom features cannot be built . By using and open source CMS you have the ability to control your future. Have an idea, we can build it !
Common responses from proprietary IDX development solution’s:
1. The owner of xyz real estate technologies was previously a real estate agent and he or she knows what you need in your system. – This is the most absurd excuse anyone can give to a working professional. Experienced agents and brokers are the ones with the brilliant ideas, and if they want something custom they should be able to get it built. This is what creates competitive advantage and makes ones site stand out among another.
2. Many IDX providers cannot build custom functionality . Propriety systems were developed from the ground up to run as a single unit. Many companies cannot change or add to the property system or search because if they do they get the ripple effect to all other agents sites. This type of site is called a Template Site. They sell a system that everyone uses and one site is almost identical to another. Run from these companies at all costs !
C) Tap into the open source community and thrive on existing development. Joomla and WordPress have literally hundreds of thousands of free plug-ins and components already built to do a specific task. Looking for a sophisticated CRM, no problem load Sugar CRM and have one of the best CRM systems used today throughout business. Try having your technology company build that for you ? Proprietary systems just can’t compete, and the cost of these plug-ins is relatively inexpensive.
D) Some agents might be thinking of managing their own development but before you do make sure you know what you are getting yourself into.
1) We believe in order to succeed in business owners should do what they do best – focus on their core competency. Real estate agents should be focusing on working with buyers and sellers not building web sites. Take my word for it, we work at this business 7 days a week 10 hours a day at times and there is a huge amount of work that goes into keeping up on new technology and building out new ideas. Stick to what you know best, selling, and let us handle your technology, you will thank us for it.
2) A few Fixed expenses you should think about if you do decide to take the plunge on your own
|Dedicated Server hosting||$ 150.00 per month this is one server and is well below average|
|Redundant backups||$ 75.00 Per month|
|Network and firewall assistance||$ 75.00 Per month|
|Rets and IDX data setup||$ 2,000 – $5,000 one time charge|
|Updates on Rets Server||$ 500 – $1500 yearly|
Your total monthly fixed costs for running your own web system $508 – $841 per month
This doesn’t even include the development costs for implementing the system. Starts at 10k and up
At Galtlinedesign you pay 125 per month for hosting and updated features!