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 Real Estate Agents: Alternatives to Top Producer
By: Darin "Sid" Cameron, CRS
Wed, Apr 26th, 2006 12:33 pm

This one is for real estate agents...

We've been using Top Producer since 2004 and it's just not working out for us.  It's expensive, slow and everyone on my team spends way too much time on technical support trying to make it work.

As I've been looking at other solutions (including AgentOffice/Agent 2000) I've been experimenting with the free 30 day demo of ACT! 2006 and I kind of like it.

Unlike Top Producer, it's a desktop program so you don't have to find internet connection to make it work.  It also syncs to more than a couple of Palms.

What I just found out is that they're releasing their ACT! for Real Estate in a couple of weeks.  From what I've initially seen, it's pretty weak.  You'd be better off customizing your own solution from the regular product.

There's also a couple of third party companies that ppear to have a better solution for ACT!

But with that said, they're the leader in small business CRM, so if this product continues to further develop expect Sage (the company that makes ACT!) to become a major presence in the real estate CRM space just because of name recognition.

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Darin "Sid" Cameron spent 15 years working in the technology industry which in 1998 relocated him to St. Louis. In 2004 he took over web development tasks for Kimberly's real estate team and later became the full-time Marketing and Operations Director in 2005. In 2011 Sid launched two brokerages, The Realty Store, Inc. and Realty Referral Partners, Inc, while continuing to perform marketing and operations for Kimberly's team. Sid holds a real estate broker's license in Missouri, CRS certification and was the first CyberStar in the St. Louis area.
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