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fizber.com
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Fizber.com is a Miami Beach, Forida-based real estate website intending to help consumers buy and sell properties without interacting with a real estate broker2. The word "fizber" (pronounced /fi:zbər/) comes from the agglutination from the pronunciation of FSBO, the acronym for the term "For Sale By Owner".

Website activity

Fizber.com targets the American real estate market, its business model of promoting private real estate sales includes traditional flat fee MLS submission to home sellers and buyers and also some elements of web 2.0 services3, involving sellers’ blogs, Web cams, 3-D floor plans, city profiles and video tours available on YouTube2.

The company says it has over 2 million (listings) of homes for sale across the U.S.4 The website has over 741,000 visitors per month5 and places its listings in FSBO and social network websites6.

In 2007 fizber.com was certified by TRUSTe as being in compliance with its TRUSTe's Privacy Seal program7.

User features

Fizber.com automatically sent sellers’ submitted property to other by-owner sites and about 70 social media sites2. The website provides information about homes for sale, homes recently sold, foreclosure properties and rental properties. The site provides Google Maps and Microsoft Virtual Earth integration and customized real estate widgets for users' blogs or Web sites6.

Web visitors can6:

  • search for homes;
  • view the site via iPhone;
  • buy yard signs;
  • receive a home appraisal;
  • upload an audio narration;
  • watch video tours of homes for sale;
  • read articles on mortgages and budgeting;
  • check out city information, including climate, schools, neighborhoods, trends and job scores,
  • search for U.S. foreclosure properties,
  • start a blog.

Company services

For sellers: 

1. Instant web exposure

The site allows to create and manage an attention-grabbing property listing, and fizber.com will submit it to the 80 web's most popular classified ad sites.

2. MLS exposure

Fizber.com lists homes on MLS. Sellers get a professional MLS listing with all the essentials that 6% agents provide, plus all the cost saving benefits of selling as a "For Sale By Owner" for a flat fee.

3. Offline marketing tools

Fizber FSBO Kit comes with three yard signs, 100 brochures and a brochure box to help sellers market their homes within the neighborhood and to help direct interested buyers to their properties.

For Buyers:

1. Vast number of listings

There are currently over 2 mln homes for sale on Fizber.com. Buyers can search for homes for sale by owner, agents’ listings, foreclosures and pre-foreclosure on Fizber.com.

2. Local neighborhood information

When a home listing is displayed, a Fizber.com visitor can browse local neighborhood information such as housing statistics and recent price trends, crime statistics, weather, demographic statistics such as average income levels and cost of living data, as well as average commute times specific to the area someone is searching.

3. Web 2.0 searching tools

Drive Score, Job Score and Events services were designed by Fizber.com to deliver a rich online home search experience. Fizber.com also features Google Maps Street View for all available home listings to provide visitors a drive-by snap shot.

Partnerships

In 2008 Fizber.com signed an agreement with Foreclosure.com for the purpose of providing information on U.S. foreclosure properties. This partnership allows visitors of Fizber.com to gain access to 600,000 foreclosure property listings8. Also this year Fizber announced a partnership with Geebo.com, provider of the classified ads for real estate, rentals, roommates, employment, and vehicles, categorized by US city. Under the agreement, Geebo.com will be featuring some of the property listings from Fizber.com9.

In March, 2008  Fizber.com has partnered with a leading financial services company Credit.com to provide home-buyers with a quick access to online credit reports10.

In October, 2008 Fizber.com announced a partnership with Condo.com, the world's largest condo marketplace. This new relationship will provide buyers visiting Fizber.com with the ability to search for the latest condo listings in their local markets and across the country11.

Rankings

Fizber.com was ranked one of the "Best Real Estate Web Sites" by PC Magazine6 and one of the "Top 50 Web 2.0 Real Estate Sites" by real estate blog International Listings3.



References


External Links
Official Website
FSBO Blog
 
 
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