No catch really. We hope that as the site gains in popularity that people will be willing to pay a small fee to get additional exposure for their property listings. Once we gain some market share, the site will be a valuable place for Realtors, mortgage brokers, and property developers to advertise. Right now we're just focused on making the site a valuable resource.
Kamloops, BC (PRWEB) December 11, 2007
Canadian based, Snap Up Real Estate has launched a US version of their popular real estate website. The website offers free property listings and real estate articles for the benefit of both buyers and sellers.
Snap Up Real Estate has climbed the search engine rankings in Canada by offering free property listings. With the recent launch of http://www.SnapUpRealEstate.com, Snap Up Real Estate now offers free property listings to the US market as well. Private home sellers, Realtors, and real estate investors are all able to list their property for free. What's the catch? Co-founder, Bart Zirnhelt responds, "No catch really. We hope that as the site gains in popularity that people will be willing to pay a small fee to get additional exposure for their property listings. Once we gain some market share, the site will be a valuable place for Realtors, mortgage brokers, and property developers to advertise. Right now we're just focused on making the site a valuable resource." The site offers a growing library of real estate articles and related news.
So what makes Snap Up Real Estate different from other real estate websites? According to Zirnhelt, "Snap Up Real Estate allows you to upload and view video files on property listings. Home sellers can record their own videos with their digital camera and upload the homemade virtual tour to their property listing." Buyers are more likely to view a listing with a video tour. Digital images can also be added to listings in the same manner.
Snap Up Real Estate has gained overwhelming approval from site visitors with 96.1% of visitors in October adding the site to their favorites. Zirnhelt attributes the approval of the visitors to the simplicity of the site, "The graphical design and navigation is simple and easy. People like that."
As the real estate market in the US endures the sub-prime mortgage crisis, home owners are searching for alternatives that will allow them to evade foreclosure. In places like Arizona and Florida, Canadians have been some of the leading foreign investors buying during the downturn in the market. Advertising property for sale online may be the best way to find qualified buyers for home owners feeling the weight of their mortgage.
Does it actually work? One seller reported an offer on his property listing within 72 hours of listing on Snap Up Real Estate. The seller claims to have only advertised on Snap Up Real Estate and that the transaction was completed at 99% of his asking price with no commissions paid to Realtors.
About Snap Up Real Estate:
Started in Canada in March of 2006, Snap Up Real Estate offers free property listings on http://www.SnapUpRealEstate.ca for Canadians and http://www.SnapUpRealEstate.com for Americans. By making property listings easy to navigate for property buyers as well as easy to index for search engines, Snap Up Real Estate has grown to over 2000 registered users and over a quarter million monthly page views. Revenue is generated by advertising.