I made the decision awhile ago to remove all registration from my San Antonio real estate search page on RErockstar.com. Real estate agents have varying opinions on these sorts of decisions, but I thought this was the best way to provide a service to San Antonio residents looking for homes.
Many real estate search sites have some form of registration, whether forced or what me often call "nagging" (where the site reminds you to register every so often, but allows you to continue even if you don't).
Why not require registration for a real estate search site?
For me, the question came up in a discussion with some fellow agents. I had tried full registration and even the nag option, but always was slightly uncomfortable with both. When I've been looking for homes in the past for myself, I was always quick to click off a site that was asking for registration. When I moved to San Antonio, I searched on sites without registration, but when I was ready to commit, I then performed a search for real estate agents.
When I found a Realtor® I liked and felt I was comfortable with, then I moved over to his website's real estate search as well as received emails from them about houses I might not have seen. Through that combination of efforts, the three of us (my wife included) were able to well define what we were looking for in a home and we were able to purchase one over the course of a weekend of looking.
So go ahead, search to your heart's delight.
My San Antonio real estate search page is free for all to use with no required registration. I think you'll find it very easy to use and a great tool to help you find your next home in San Antonio. If you have questions, feel free to contact me and I can help you set up your searches. Take it for a test drive and come back again and again. When you're ready to get serious about your search, give me a call and let's sit down and discuss your needs...then the fun begins.
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