A few blogs ago I mentioned Amtrak as an alternative to the high gas prices. Well, I’m going to take a train to San Diego next week to the California Association of Realtors conference. I’ll blog my train experience…

With more and more home buyers using the Internet to find their next home, how many people come to the website of the Realtor that is listing your home should be part of your decision criteria when picking an agent. Any agent that is serious about Internet marketing will be able to give you statistics from their website taken from their web logs. Another way of getting an idea on the amount of traffic is by going to www.Alexa.com and clicking on Traffic Rankings. Once you enter a web site address and get the next page, click on “Traffic Details” which will show you traffic rankings for the previous day, week, and 3 month average. From what I’ve seen, sites with rankings above 2,000,000 or have “No Data” are seldom visited.

Internet Marketing is not just saying “Yes, I have a website”. Any agent can get a website (there are lots of “template” real estate website companies trying to sell websites to Realtors), but a website will only help to sell a home if people visit it!

Here are the MLS statistics for the Central Coast for August 2005 (Residential homes):

865 New listings
736 Pending
115 Contingent
690 Price changes
242 Back on market

Here are the 2005 high school SAT scores:

High School (verbal/math scores)

US Average – 505/515
California – 499/521

Arroyo Grande High 540/551
Atascadero 547/552
Coast Union 548/542
Morro Bay 560/569
Nipomo 493/503
SLO 565/567
Shandon 460/433
Templeton 570/572

Mission Prep 570/572
NC Christian 583/525