Web Site Reviews: November 1997

November 1, 1997

Wanted: Real Estate Professionals

The Internet has become a powerful tool for bringing employers and job hunters together. Realbank (realbank.com/) and REAL JOBS (www.real-jobs.com/) are two sites devoted to recruiting real estate professionals.

For job seekers, Realbank includes job postings, a list of real estate recruiters, and a special registration area for recent graduates. Employers and recruiters can post a job ($95 to $250), view candidate profiles by job title, and (for $100 per month), add their own Web site to the directory of other real estate sites.

REAL JOBS focuses on skills (sales, sales management, and communication) rather than job titles. There's no fee for posting a résumé or a job opening; database searches are currently free, though the FAQ page notes that “eventually, there will be some minor charges levied upon those who search the database.”

Both sites feature job listings in retail, multifamily and single-family housing, financial services, property management, appraisal, and development.

Solve for x--Algebra Not Required

Property tax assessor records and a database of property transfers are a click away with KnowX (www.knowx.com/), which provides searches of public information databases.

Assessment records generally include owner and property information, assessor's parcel number, land value, improvement value, and total value. Property transfer records generally include property type and description, seller, buyer, buyer's address, and sales amount. Single-state searches are free during off-peak time, 6 p.m. to 11 a.m. EST; multiple and more detailed searches range from $4 to $65.

Other searches can yield personal assets, sales tax records, and corporate records. You can also discover whether--and where--a business name is in use. Prices are clearly posted, and you can cancel your request before you're charged.

The Business That Jane Built

Female entrepreneurs are a growing driving force in the economy. The Small Business Administration's Office of Women's Business Ownership (OWBO) has a Web site that contains a huge amount of information to help you be one of them (www.sbaonline.sba.gov/womeninbusiness/).

The site aims to further the OWBO's mission of helping women “become full partners in the national and global economies” by providing information on its training, counseling, and mentoring programs. If you're thinking about starting your own business, be sure to click on Most Commonly Asked Questions. The site also includes information on accessing capital and finding an SBA specialist in your area.

If you need more information, try some of the many links to other women-in-business sites; for inspiration, click on the link to the National Women's Hall of Fame and browse through minibiographies of 125 remarkable women.

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