The Galveston Association of REALTORS® now offers an additional way for home sellers to reach a larger audience and provide buyers with a new resource to aid in their home search: Galveston.com now features the Galveston Multi Listing Service.
Galveston.com has a tremendous reach and is a first stop for many people planning on coming to Galveston - either for the short term or permanently. As many of your local agents know, some from personal experience, living on Galveston often starts with a vacation here. Once sand gets between your toes, it becomes difficult to imagine living anywhere else. That vacation becomes a full-time gig, and working with a partner like Galveston.com is a great step in helping other visitors become residents. Galveston.com now features exclusively Galveston MLS listings in their newly revamped real estate section.
Long home to vacation rental listings and island tourism information, Galveston.com is a great addition to the Galveston Association of REALTORS® family. We encourage our agents to promote this new partnership to their listing clients and buyer clients alike. We feel that this partnership is a win-win for everyone involved in the real estate business.
REALTORS® have a duty, as outlined in our Code of Ethics, to do everything in our power to help our sellers reach a wide range of potential buyers and to help buyers find the best possible property to suit their needs. In the digital world we live in, that means spreading the word online as best as possible.
Unlike other real estate aggregator sites, the partnership with Galveston.com utilizes a direct feed from the Galveston MLS, allowing the site to update rapidly and to provide the most current information available. There are opportunities for agents to advertise on the site and promote not only their listings but their individual abilities. The site also features easy to use search functions, allowing buyers to search for properties according to a wide variety of parameters - list price, location, view, etc.
We encourage our agents and the buying and selling public to check out our new partner site. We hope you will find it useful. The Galveston Association of REALTORS® is very excited about our new partner and we know that you will be too. It is our goal to make the home buying and selling process as easy and as beneficial as possible. This partnership is one more step in making homeownership a reality for folks already living on the island and those who come to visit and realize they want to stay for good. - Lyssa Graham Reynolds, Galveston Association of Realtors
Galveston.com & Company vice-president Jim Cordell is equally excited about the social aspects of the new partnership. “Now within our new Real Estate section on Galveston.com, we can easily harness the reach of one of the most pervasive social networks in the world today. Facebook’s viral distribution power allows site visitors to view and share home information with only one click of a property’s ‘like’ and 'send' buttons.”
"All of us at Galveston.com & Company absolutely realize the importance of social networking in regard to promoting real estate properties,” says Galveston.com & Company President Lee Roane. “For folks who may be unfamiliar with Galveston, now it’s easy to search for a property that perfectly matches your needs AND simultaneously see how your friends and others like the property. This can be an extremely powerful tool in the decision-making process.”
Galveston.com & Company was recently named Professional Business of the Year by the Galveston Chamber of Commerce, was recipient of the 2012 Magellan Award by Travel Weekly magazine, and named one of the Top 15 Convention & Visitors Bureau Websites in the United States by ConventionSouth.