iHOUSE Web Solutions Launches ConnecTel Toll-Free Property Listing Hotline for Realtors®

 May 5, 2006

With the new ConnecTel toll-free hotline, real estate agents and brokers can provide recorded information on all property listings, each with its own phone extension number. Agents are instantly alerted to incoming calls in multiple ways, and caller phone numbers are always captured.

OAKLAND, CA, May 5, 2006—iHOUSE Web Solutions, a division of CIS Data Systems, Inc., and a leader in real estate web site design, hosting and online marketing services, announced a new service that enables real estate agents and brokers to set up a toll-free hotline for each property listing, giving a detailed audio description for interested homebuyers.

“We like to say that it enables agents and brokers to clone themselves,” says Paul Sheng, CEO. “They obviously cannot be continuously available to all interested homebuyers for all of their listings. With ConnecTel, they’ll never miss a call again because a caller can listen to a specific recorded property description then choose to connect directly to the agent or leave a message, and the caller’s number is captured whether a message is left or not. In each case, the agent is immediately alerted.”

There are several other features included in the service. Agents can track the advertising sources of all inquiries based on the phone extensions that are assigned. They can then make adjustments in advertising spending or shift allocation of resources for maximum results. They can also choose how they wish to be instantly notified regarding calls to the hotlines, choosing email, text messages, or phone. A “Find Me, Follow Me” feature forwards calls through a sequence of phone numbers specified by the agents.

A unique phone extension on each property sign and ad also serves as a backup or alternative to traditional flyers in signage boxes. “If a drive-by prospect takes a flyer,” continues Sheng, “the agent has no way to capture the prospect’s contact information. But if he or she calls the hotline, the agent is reached immediately or can quickly follow-up.” A sample recording can be heard at 1-888-TRY-CTEL ext. 1001.

Since 1986, iHOUSE Web Solutions, a division of CIS Data Systems, Inc., has provided real estate professionals with Internet tools to build their businesses. Through continued, successful designs of user-friendly real estate agent websites and other products for real estate web site promotion, the company has built a network of over 10,000 customers, and maintains IDX data feeds with nearly 300 MLS’s nationwide, representing nearly two-thirds of all listings in the U.S. Its web marketing solutions include iHOUSE websites, IDXPro MLS search and email service, MarketReach email marketing solution, VTShowcase virtual tour manager, and ConnecTel toll-free communication service. Headquartered in Oakland, California, iHOUSE Web Solutions can be reached by phone (Toll-Free) at 866-645-7702, email info@ihouseweb.com, or by visiting its website at www.ihouseweb.com.

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Robert Warner

By Robert Warner

Robert Warner started with iHOUSEWeb back in 2009 in the Customer Service Department helping over 10,000 clients with all of their Real Estate Website questions. After launching the YouTube training videos for iHOUSEWeb he moved up to the marketing department where he helps design and write marketing materials as well as managing the Social Media side of iHOUSEWeb.