Ashley Alexander (Magnolia Realty)

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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

I've interviewed a few on my Podcast: I like what jonathan Denwood of Mail-Right.com is doing for clients especially tying into Facebook. Also Tyler Zey @EasyAgentPro.com is worth a look. I also feel that Jackie D'Elia of Jackie D'Elia Design. Check out episode 67 & 69 of our Real Estate Agent Podcast Show on iTunes for more info. (shameless plug).

Dec 03, 2016 12:42 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

You have a couple of good options here - just be clear as to what you want when you interview folks, Ashley Alexander.  If they don't 'focus' on real estate, they likely can't get the results you expect.

Also, as for social media - I see other agents locally who use people to do this - I would caution against using someone out of town.  What you want is local information on your social media sites for the consumer to see. Others put all national data/info and it's NOT what the consumer is looking for!

Lastly, again about social media - it seriously takes me about 5 minutes each day to share local information on my sm pages.  For me, it's worth the 35 minutes a week to get it right!  Think like a consumer...  ;-)

Good luck!

Dec 03, 2016 12:37 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Ashley,

Web designers design the look and feel of a site as well as the functionality of a site.  A web developer does the coding and making the site work.  Web architecture is making sure Google sees you and the messaging is right.  Your web site is the first impression you make.  A

Dec 03, 2016 10:05 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

We write our own websites using wordpress. Just set up a new one yesterday and the site was free and the hosting was $50 for the year. Used Site Blog

Dec 04, 2016 05:32 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

you'll find many on this site.... I direct everyone to my favorite and that's Katerina Gasset, Nestor & Katerina Gasset ....I'm sure she'll leave a comment for you here....

Dec 03, 2016 12:06 PM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

There are many of them.  I really can't suggest one over the other.  I use Dakno Marketing and have been very pleased.

Dec 03, 2016 09:49 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Hi Ashley, sounds like you have a lot of great recommendations here.  I have a tech background, so I developed my own site.  Wordpress and real simple.  Best of luck to you.

Dec 04, 2016 10:34 AM
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Anita Clark
Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Tyler Zey over at Easy Agent Pro provides both services (and more) if you are looking for a templated site.

Dec 03, 2016 11:13 AM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

There really isn't a best. many have the knowledge to design and/or develop websites. Many other factors are involved as well. best value is another tough one. Just research, look for sites that you like, and eventually you'll find one that works for you.

Dec 03, 2016 10:35 AM
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Henry Carmona, GRI
San Antonio, TX

Hey Ashley, i too am searching. Found Perfect Storm Now and it looks good, but i can't find any reviews.

Jan 22, 2017 11:46 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Do you want the best value, or what works best.   Katerina is a great suggestion for a Word Press site.

Dec 05, 2016 04:28 PM
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Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

Hi Ashley - Best value: what does best value mean to you? There is a difference between best value price wise and quality wise or effectiveness. There are lots of templated website companies but you get what you pay for, in most all of those situations, you will not get a good site to SEO. 

I recommend that you own your own wordpress website that speaks to your niche avatar. You can not be all things to all people. Those who specialize will always do better than those who don't, both on and off line. 

You can build one by yourself if you like to DIY- I have Free tutorials on youtube on how to build your own wordpress website. 

If you want something more customized you can contact me: 561-502-1577 at your convenience or Corinne Guest, Managing Broker .  We both build some real estate focused websites. 

You can see some of my clients' websites ( I still have more to add to the page) on my website, just click the thumbnails to check out the other pages on the websites. http://katerinagasset.com/website-design-samples/

Dec 05, 2016 02:47 PM
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Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Looking through the answers now

Dec 04, 2016 08:13 AM
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Paul Antonelli
Antonelli Realty - Saint Cloud, FL
Broker Owner; Antonelli Realty

www.WebsiteBox.com  $99 one time and thats it. I have a couple of them.

Dec 04, 2016 06:45 AM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

You need to find one that you can afford and check their referrences - I've been with the same one for 10 years and they work great for me

Dec 04, 2016 05:27 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Thomas J Nelson has some ideas for you!

Dec 04, 2016 04:24 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Ashley Alexander - the one that you use!

Now if you want something that you want to manage, the best way to go is a WordPress site hosted on GoDaddy, perhaps.

Dec 03, 2016 11:30 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
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I dont know about Best, but most are too cluttered and filled with script that does not work will with my browser.

Find someone who will keep it simple.

Dec 03, 2016 06:41 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I think it depends on your wnats and goals

Dec 03, 2016 05:07 PM
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Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Blog about your selection.

Dec 03, 2016 04:16 PM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

 Have you tried the product section of ActiveRain? ...

Dec 03, 2016 02:56 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

I use Real Estate Webmasters for my website.  My social media I manage myself.  I can't imagine anything scarier than a hireling doing my posting on ActiveRain or Facebook!

Dec 03, 2016 01:58 PM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

There are a few I would not use that is for sure.  

Give Tammy Emineth a call. I have hired Tammy many times for various things and I can comfortably recommend her. 

Dec 03, 2016 01:37 PM
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Ashley Alexander
Magnolia Realty - Kingsland, GA

Thank you everyone for your help! :) 

Dec 03, 2016 01:01 PM