As a Realtor with 38 years of experience, I have witnessed a multitude of ways to make money in the real estate industry. Along comes the internet which offers even MORE ways to make money with real estate using real estate as the vehicle, but who is the real beneficiary? Many real estate websites claim to market themselves as “consumer friendly” websites who promise to get the BEST PRICE when buying or selling and that you get the BEST Realtor for the job.

Here’s a little insider secret about such websites, from an honest real estate agent who tells it like it is. All of those “find the best agent” and “find your next home” websites are actually data mining firms that gather and then sell your information to anyone who will pay for it….over and over and over, forever.

Not only do they sell it to any Realtor who will pay for it, by providing your information, you agree to allow them to sell it to anyone with whom they have a business relationship. Telephone marketers, email marketers, carpet cleaning services, security alarm companies, basically any business having to do with home care, or not. Homeowners are the perfect targets because they usually have more money than non-homeowners.

Have you ever received a phone call from a company that you are certain that you have never provided your number? Well, they bought the information from someone affiliated with companies that mine for data. How do I know this stuff? Because, as a Realtor, I am constantly buying homeowner information from websites like Zillow, Trulia, Homes.com, Realtor.com, AngiesList, TopAgents.com, SOLD.com, Homelite.com, MOJO, TheRedX, Movito… the list goes on.

Do you know who will NEVER sell, share, convey, give away, or provide you data to anyone else? You guessed it. The Dale Ross Realty Group.

When you are ready to sell your home, and or buy another, we are here.

Until next month,
Dale Ross, 281-599-6575