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Inquiry Bump?

Yesterday, after the housing data came out, there was spike in the number of web-generated inquiries we see.

I’d have to take the time to aggregate the data across all clients to put a number on it, but just looking at the inbox we use to keep an eye on “Ask our Agent” questions, the jump was significant.

Obviously, people are influenced by the news. I could look at Q4 traffic graph from last year and show you the day Lehman went down, but I don’t remember a good news bump like this in the five years I’ve been managing Real Estate Web sites.

Are you seeing the same thing?


14 Comments so far

  1. LEANN March 24th, 2009 7:13 am

    We, too, have seen a jump in our Web site traffic. We shall see if sales rise, though.

  2. Greg Swann March 24th, 2009 7:29 am

    We’re on the verge of a surge. I can feel it more than see it, but I have plenty of hard evidence, too. Q1 was quiescent, Q2 should be strong, and Q3 and Q4 could be frenzied. Strictly a dog’s-eye view, from our brokerage in our market.

  3. Ryan Hartman March 24th, 2009 7:29 am

    Yep, Yesterday was PhiladelphiasRealEstate.Com’s busiest day of the month.

    Could be seasonal though? Combined with the Monday effect?

  4. Thomas Johnson March 24th, 2009 7:43 am

    Our traffic follows the DOW. Market down and traffic dries up.

  5. Scott G March 24th, 2009 9:36 am

    We are definetly see ing a spike in the number of visitors and also the time spent on the site and our market has not gotten that bad. Reading the paper today I was very optimistic about a recovery. Lets hope for the best. Cheers!

  6. Jeff Brown March 24th, 2009 11:50 am

    As of 3/15 my ‘serious’ contacts are up almost 35%. We’ll see about the rest of the year. I’m maintaining what I’ve said since the first Tuesday of last November.

    We’re headed for a repeat of Carter’s 70’s, but on steroids.

    Those working and/or investing in real estate back then did incredibly well.

  7. Eric Blackwell March 24th, 2009 12:26 pm

    Hey John;

    Yes. With no change in Search Engine positioning, we are seeing / feeling a traffic bump here. These are the VERY early indicators. They are not “leads”, but rather folks that want to see stuff.

    Several friends from around the country are seeing it as well. Will it turn to closings? Too early to tell, but it is an encouraging sign.


  8. Al Lorenz March 24th, 2009 12:40 pm

    News must travel more slowly in small towns, no bump yesterday. But, there was a few days earlier when I posted some content that generated traffic.

  9. Heather Tawes Nelson March 24th, 2009 2:00 pm

    I was down slightly on visitors, but page views per visitor were some of the highest I have seen.

    I am in the same geographical area as Greg, and I too, sense things are shifting. Between the increase in web leads and the market stats I am tracking, things have been picking up. Hopefully, we can keep the momentum going.

  10. Miami Beach Homes March 25th, 2009 12:11 pm

    We too have seen an uptick in traffic. As someone else said, “…I was very optimistic about a recovery. Lets hope for the best.” We couldn’t agree more.

  11. James Boyer March 25th, 2009 1:25 pm

    The amount of traffic coming to my site according to g analytics was up, but not to the highest level or anything. I did look deeper though and visits to my IDX pages by registered users was double what it normally would be, and the number of direct contacts was up quite a bit.

  12. Real Estate Raj March 25th, 2009 4:32 pm

    This past Monday saw an increase in overall traffic, as well as a rise in the quality of visitors. Starting with the new year, Neighborcity has seen a nice run in both departments, here’s hoping this is a just a warm up to an active Summer.

  13. Susan Zanzonico March 25th, 2009 8:34 pm

    My traffic spiked up on Sunday along with the average time on the site.

  14. Karen Highland March 30th, 2009 10:38 am

    Our web traffic is up. But we’re experiencing another increase…the phone is ringing. Buyers are calling on our listings, and we haven’t seen that since summer ’07.