The renewal for the realestate.com.au subscription at our agency at Upper Coomera is up again and since we fall due in June and because realestate.com.au has switched to market based pricing method we now have three choices of subscriptions to choose from. The new market based pricing is so focussed on the price of your home its possible for more expensive properties in the same suburb to pay 20% more than cheaper properties. Because we are still on the old style Platinum subscription if we subscribe before June we can still do one more year on that model with the changes being to the monthly subscription price (naturally!!) and the platinum plans now only include 3 feature properties per month, not the customary 5.
The lead generation site OpenAgent has come up with a somewhat unique point of difference to attract potential sellers but have they crossed the line and gone too far? Most lead generators follow the simple principle of let us contact 2 or 3 agents in your area but the benefit for the potential seller is a little murky. You see them advertise on the real estate portals and on google and include such sites as www.ozhomevalue.com.au, www.homeguru.com.au, www.myhousevalue.com.au OpenAgent does it a little differently.
In a completely stunning move the REIQ has delivered its own death blow to its fledgling property listing website at reiq.com by imposing a $25 per sales listing fee and a $10 rental listing fee on all members. With no cap placed on these fees some offices would be expected to pay more than what they do for realestate.com.au. The news of this fee was being rolled out was 4 or 5 paragraphs deep in a letter from REIQ CEO Anton Kardash.
There is nothing more certain than prices rising every year. Whether it be petrol, groceries or clothes, prices are always rising. Some prices rise more than others and the change to a pay per listing model with realestate.com.au means that most agents will see a significant rise in their total subscription cost.
The judgement in the Federal Court of Australia matter for REA Group Ltd v Real Estate 1 Ltd has just been handed down. Forget the parent companies, as this is about a battle of the websites www.realestate.com.au and www.realestate1.com.au and to a lesser extent www.realcommercial.com.au and www.realcommercial1.com.au. Lets look at a little history first.
Realestate.com.au have changed the playing field with a radical shakeup of how they charge agents and for the most part agents are not liking it. Reactions have been pretty one sided in condemnation of the change and I would hate to be a realestate.com.au rep these days as they will be taking the brunt of managements decision. Instead of the buffet all you can eat style subscription that we have had for years the realestate.com.au management have come up with a great new concept that is more closely modelled on a Nightclub
Realestate.com.au have changed the playing field with a radical shakeup of how they charge agents and for the most part agents are not liking it. Reactions have been pretty one sided in condemnation of the change and I would hate to be a realestate.com.au rep these days as they will be taking the brunt of managements decision.
Each and every year we see new online solutions or technology that enter our industry, many are raised and discussed here at length on this blog. There are 5 levels of adoption in most innovations and the challenge of many of these solutions is to break through the Innovator and Early Adopter levels and start being adopted by the Early Majority and Late Majority. The last level, The Laggards will only be taken kicking and screaming when everybody else has already adopted the innovation. With online solutions its possible for an innovation to rapidly move through each level far quicker than the offline world would allow.
Most real estate agencies are not that proactive when it comes to the Internet.
Just as RealEstate.com.au complete the launch of a new web design News Limited are putting the final strokes on a strategy to strike back and one of the weapons of choice in the fight will be a video and website called “For What It’s Worth”. This tussle between the two giants for the real estate advertising revenue has all the drama of a soap opera and our current story is reminiscent of the Empire Strikes Back, the second movie released in the Star Wars franchise. The Star Wars movie saga featured the Jedi, who use the Force for good, and the Sith, who use the dark side for evil in an attempt to take over the galaxy. In the original Star Wars movie the Sith had control of the Galactic Empire