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NEW YORK – June 25, 2009 – Relocation.com, the leading online consumer resource for moving services, today announced its listing of the “Best Real Estate Agent Blogs” in San Francisco.
"Access to listings is still a crucial part of a real estate Web site, but the content on the blog is also very helpful for people who are moving or considering moving to a particular city or neighborhood," said Ron (Sharon) Asher, the founder and chairman of Relocation.com. "The blogs we selected excel in providing relevant market data about the community, as well as an insight into what it might be like to live there."
The top blogs are:
• The Front Steps (www.thefrontsteps.com) from Alex Clark
• Marin Real Estate Guide (www.blogbythebay.com) from Ginger Wilcox
• Absolutely Foster City Blog (www.fostercityblog.com) from Jim Minkey
• San Mateo Real Estate Blog (www.sanmateorealestateblog.com) from Vicki Moore
• Living Well in San Mateo (www.livingwellinsanmateo.com/blog/) from Raymond Stoklosa, Rebecca Williamson, and Chris Williamson
• The White Oaks Blog (www.whiteoaksblog.com) from Chuck Gillooley
• Marin County Real Estate (www.marinrealestateblog.com) from Mark Lomas
How Relocation.com chose these blogs:
A Local Touch: The best real estate agent blogs offer a unique voice that can not be found on a media Web site or general real estate Web site, providing an insight that helps people learn more about that community.
The successful agent blogs blend vivid pictures, interesting vignettes about local community life, and a discussion of the issues that affect the community, like a local election or school board meeting. “People who are moving to a new community like to see a personal touch in the blog,” said Asher.
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Market Data: House hunters love market data. Whether they’re comparing the costs of one neighborhood to the next, or keeping an eye on prices in their target neighborhood, this neighborhood-specific market data can be a challenge to find on the Web. The best real estate agent Web sites provide that information, as well as top-notch analysis around it, giving would-be homebuyers crucial data to help make their decision when moving.
"The data should be presented in a way that is easy to find by location," Asher said.
Real Estate Knowledge: People with varying degrees of real estate knowledge visit these Web sites, so these blogs should present a mix of posts that target a variety of knowledge levels.
“The agent sites selected demonstrate not only their real estate knowledge, but also their ability to convey that information in a way that people can readily understand,” says Asher. “Nothing is more alienating than to read a blog that seems aimed at real estate professionals and is filled with real estate jargon, and not to the people who you’re actually trying to reach: people who are looking to a buy a home in the market area.”
Please visit the Relocation.com blog for additional information about these blogs and moving information:
Relocation.com is the largest online marketplace connecting consumers who are moving locally, nationally or internationally with professionals that can best service their needs. Working with many leading moving and storage companies, Relocation.com provides free quotes from quality, professional companies who can service consumers during their upcoming move. It is focused on helping make the relocation process easier and less challenging for the 40 million people moving each year. Relocation.com offers comprehensive information, tools and resources to help consumers compare, connect and learn about products and services from hundreds of relevant providers. Ranked No. 18 of the top 50 media companies on the 2008 Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies, the company was founded in 2000 by online moving industry pioneer, chairman Sharon (Ron) Asher, and is based in New York. For more information, visit www.relocation.com.