If you are serious about buying or selling, a direct phone call, email or text message will likely get you more attention than becoming an “internet lead.” Real estate agents get many “leads” per day and we are usually trying to vet them to determine who is serious and who might represent the best investment of our limited time. Most “leads”that come from the sites you mentioned are just “tire kickers” and unqualified consumers who wish they could buy a home, but can’t qualify for a mortgage. It can be tedious e-meeting so many people online that you ultimately cannot help. Don’t throw yourself into that pile.

Instead, call and say you were referred by a past client. That always gets our attention! Just kidding. Don’t lie, but do get referred to us by someone you know, if possible. We prefer working by referral from our favorite clients. If you don’t know anyone who has bought or sold a home recently, and had a good experience, then by all means, look for those who advertise on http://Realtor.com etc. and push the button. Be sure to add a note that you are ready to buy or sell soon, and if buying, that you’ve applied with a lender so you know you’re qualified to proceed. If you need to be referred to a good lender, say that. Hopefully that will get the agent’s attention and get you a return phone call, but if not, call another if you don’t hear back in 24 hours.