New real estate website? Don't get tied into a lengthy contract
When setting up a new real estate website, there is a lot to consider:
- Developing something from scratch vs using a tried and tested platform provided by existing service providers. Developing something from scratch may seem exciting but the associated risk and cost needs to be factored in. Bespoke developments also carries a longer development time frame and will take away a lot of your time that could be better spend focus on your core business. You also need to factor in maintenance costs. Once your system is developed, it will need to be maintained. Web technology standards are constantly evolving, browser features are updated, and your site will need small upgrades to keep a modern look and feel.
- Choosing a service provider. Things to take into consideration (apart from the service provider's track record) is setup and monthly running costs and time to setup. Choose a service provider that is open with their costs structures and yearly price increases. Ask about security, backups and uptime that will protect your data: At Entegral we provide a public view on the status of all our cloud-based systems at http://status.entegral.net. Choose a website that is powered by an online management system, that will provide all your agents with access to manage their own listing and contact data. Get a global view of all costs including management system, interfaces, website and email and compare costs over 12 months.
- Contracts. A lot of service providers will offer 'free websites' but then tie you down into long term 12, 24 or 26 month contracts. Although you save with setup costs, you are now tied down with a particular solution and service provider. Not happy with their service and want to move? "Sorry, speak to us again in 2 years time!". At Entegral we provide month-to-month contracts. We take pride in offering exceptional customer service and take accountability to ensure we provide the best possible service and products to clients. Although we are not perfect, we strive to be, and the month-to-month contracts are our way of saying "trust us with your business, if we can't deliver you are free to go". It is really a win-win situation for both us and our clients, as we are kept on our toes. We even offer free trails on our OMS system.
Ready to make the move to Entegral? Contact us for a free consultation or quote or visit our website at www.entegral.net and see what we offer real estate agents.