Bookmarkers: Sites to Behold

In the REALTORS® Guide to the Internet, polybagged with your print magazine, we tout six must-see Web sites. But then we found four more. Here are the details on four worthwhile sites to expand your cache of bookmarks.

April 1, 2000

No time to shop

With real estate sales still surging, you may not have time to shop for the best price on the tools of your trade. Time to upgrade your laptop?

Submit your search criteria at www.dealtime.com and compare price and features on dozens of models. Then link to a merchant's site to order or to get more info. It's not all business, either. You can shop for flowers, gifts, and toys, too.

Cool feature: Take a "quick search" and bring up your choices instantly. The drawback: You can do a quick search on only a few product types such as digital cameras.

Head of the class

Few factors are more critical to homebuyers than schools, so a good first step to getting your name in front of relocating families is at theschoolreport.com.

For a monthly fee of between $49 and $99, you can get your name attached to online school reports and add a link from your Web site to co-branded education info sites. The company provides reports on schools in every state.

Cool feature: Get additional marketing leads through "prospect source" and "listing alert."

Good referral?

How do you know which are the most solid online mortgage providers to refer your clients to? For starters, you can see how they stack up at www.gomez.com.

The site uses surveys and other tools to rate them on several performance criteria, including price and customer confidence. Drawback: Only companies that ask to be rated are rated, so don't expect to find a long list of mortgage providers.

Cool feature: You can see a ranking based on the factor you think is most important.

Way out real estate

Tired of selling real estate here on Earth or are you looking for a novel gift idea to give to clients? Buy a piece of Mars, Venus, or the Moon at spaceland.net and never be forgotten again by earthlings.

Prices range from a few dollars (amounts are tendered in pounds) for a lunar acre to about fifty dollars for a 10-acre plot on Venus. For your money you get a property deed, complete with governmental restrictions on what you can do with your property.

Robert Freedman

Robert Freedman is the former director of multimedia communications at NAR.

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