Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY)

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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

I just turned it off after a year. The traffic/leads were just horrible. People just went elsewhere. I just turned it off this December & already I've seen a slight increase in search according to my analytics.

I tried it both ways & forced registry turned out to be a bust.

Jan 13, 2017 04:55 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I do not make them sign up....  it's a full buffet on my site...

Jan 13, 2017 04:19 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Sign in not required. How do you feel when other genres of sites ask you to sign in first?

Jan 13, 2017 05:04 AM
Michael Thacker - Re/Max Real Estate Center - Louisville
Re/Max Real Estate Center - The Thacker Group - Louisville, KY
Your best friend who just happens to be a Realtor

I am torn on this question all the time, anxious to see what the consensus is. 

Jan 13, 2017 04:54 AM
Mitchell J Hall
Compass - Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn

Free buffet of information. Blogs, websites and social media are all FREE transparent consumer information and services. Searching listings on my site is free but only my contact info appears on listings.

Follow me, read me, get to know me, be impressed with the information then call or contact me through my multiple call to actions and receive more service, information and representation.

Jan 13, 2017 06:43 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I have never required registration. They will just move on to another website if they do not want to register.

Jan 13, 2017 06:26 AM
Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Nags Head, NC

I have tried it both ways (many times) and forced sign up makes me the most money. I let them look at 3 listings before registering. Each market is different so you just have to try each way

Jan 13, 2017 05:43 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

We let them have the full meal!

Jan 13, 2017 05:35 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

My policy is:

There is benefit and privilege with membership.

Or you can go to the buffet. 

Two different kinds of people.

Why? Becuase what I offer regarding priveledge and benefit other agents do not have. 

Jan 13, 2017 04:27 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Andrew Mooers - good question. I prefer the buyers to sign up after 3 tries.

Jan 14, 2017 10:48 PM
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I use the Market Leader webiste and it requires registration which I am fine with. I get 10-15 from this a week.

Jan 13, 2017 05:54 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Only if they want access to the IDX and a unique search

Jan 13, 2017 12:35 PM
Toronto, ON

With over 45,500 agents in my board, and growing, it is extremely easy to locate another agent.

Jan 13, 2017 08:17 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

It's always been a full buffet with me but if they want dessert... they need the real me.   I never had any walls to my content and never will.

Jan 13, 2017 06:11 AM
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

I would leave it open. We longer have the control of what and where they want to do their searches. If we don't provide information on our websites, they will just head over to Z or T. What we can control is the service we provide when they call us after searching our website.

Jan 13, 2017 05:29 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Virtually all the info on my site is free and accessible.  I have 2 ebooks for sale as well (at low prices).

Jan 13, 2017 04:58 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

You can search IDX on my website without a sign in, or you can set up a listing manager account, allowing you to customize and save searches, which requires a sign in.
I hate mandatory sign-ins, as someone that has gone to agent websites just to look, not wanting 'the drip system' as a casual user.

Jan 13, 2017 04:57 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Barbara Todaro nailed this one!

Jan 13, 2017 04:56 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Visitors can view 5 homes, then they need to register.

Jan 15, 2017 08:11 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I do not make them sign up

Jan 15, 2017 06:28 AM
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

They get to look at three properties in detail before I require sign-up. If they want auto-notifications, they need to sign up.

Jan 15, 2017 05:38 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

yes, if they want information

Jan 13, 2017 10:11 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I have no time for list full of fake names from people who were forced to fill out a form while cursing my existence for making them fill it out. 

I let them study at their leisure and call me when they are ready

Jan 13, 2017 09:47 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


There all kinds of theories here on the subject.  Personally, I don't sign up on any site that requires signing in,  There are dozen more places I can find the same information.  Others will say that this works for them...A

Jan 13, 2017 08:41 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I have done it both ways and the leads and conversions are FAR better with required registration.  In MHO, you land the 'serious' buyers who are not just 'playing on the internet.'

I do have one site that does not require registration and the number of leads that I get from there is about 1/10th of those from the two that require registration.  

I work hard on my site and I appreciate the fruits of my labor!

Jan 13, 2017 07:06 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I give liberally and I realize that people may glean and go their way. I am okay with that. I am after the one who says...I like this and hires the source

Jan 13, 2017 01:05 PM
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

  Greg Cremia  and Jennifer Mackay make a good case for mandatory sign-up.

Jan 13, 2017 11:51 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Full buffet ... search to their hearts delight. Forcing anything is just not my thing.  If they want/need help they will ask ... and they do. 

Jan 13, 2017 11:40 AM
Anita Clark
Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

No sign up on my site. When they are ready to work with me they call.

Jan 13, 2017 09:45 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I do not make them sign up on my site.  When I used CoreFact, I did make them sign up before they got to the site.  Only had one signup (out of 400 cards sent) so I'll be reconsidering that strategy.

Jan 13, 2017 09:30 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

They need to sign up for detailed information.

Jan 13, 2017 08:56 AM
Julie Larson Realtor® Sarasota FL 941-882-0322
PalmerHouse Properties Florida - 941-882-0322 | Serving Sarasota, Manatee & Charlotte Counties - Sarasota, FL
When you're thinking of

I'm still experimenting. I did have my settings where they could view 3 properties before being asked to sign up. Then I read another post where they said to make they sign up right away. The jury is still out on this one.

In your question you added "knowing you will hear from them in time". I wouldn't count on hearing from them in time. 

Jan 13, 2017 05:58 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I let them search three properties and then suggest they sign up.  Then three more and force them to sign up if they want to continue.  This has proved to work well for me.

Jan 13, 2017 05:51 AM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I've been forced registration since I started - I've tried free twice, both times I got zero contacts.  Once I put the forced reg back on the leads started coming again

IMO - Anyone not doing forced registration is missing quite a few opportunities

It also depends on the site type _ I have a semi custom site and the information I provide is NOT available from generic sites that use IDX broker or realbird for example (I'm not knocking idx broker as I've used it on my satellite sites)

 I can't tell you how many times a week I get a registration from a lead working with another agent.  When asked why they don't use the agents website the answer is always "Yours is better and has more information"!

Jan 13, 2017 05:42 AM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

They are not required to sign up on my site.

Jan 13, 2017 05:33 AM
Paul Antonelli
Antonelli Realty - Saint Cloud, FL
Broker Owner; Antonelli Realty

in the old days it was a great lead gen to have them sign up after a few clicks, these days its not recommended.

Jan 13, 2017 05:19 AM