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Old 18th January 2012, 10:18 AM   #1

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Default Is This A Viable Service Idea?

Wow, what a great forum! I'm so glad I found this site....this is my first day and my first post. I'm looking for feedback on a potential side-business idea I thought of to possibly make a little extra money without doing a ton of work - could this be viable??

Yesterday I came across a product called the "talking house". It's a device that's used by real estate agents to record detailed information about a property that's for sale or rent. The "talking house" device is placed inside the property and transmits a continuous loop of a recorded message to a pre-determined FM radio station. When a potential buyer/renter drives up to the property, a sign informs them to tune their FM dial to 107.1 (for example) for detailed information about the property. No need to call the agent for the property info - it's all right there. Also, no need for the agent to field numerous calls for info only - weed out the "window shoppers" from actual prospective buyers/renters.

Does anyone have first-hand experience with "talking house" devices? Are they helpful when trying to sell or rent a property?

My thought was, if the "talking house" device was in fact beneficial to agents, then maybe there's a service opportunity here. If I purchased a number of these devices, I could rent them out to real estate agents and also do the task of recording the message. Are there any real estate agents out there would would find value in this type of service?

I could buy 4 of these units (used) for $56 each off of craigslist right now. So let's say one unit rents for $1 per day(?)....I think it's reasonable that the $56 investment in one unit could be recooped in 3 months (56 days of the unit being used on a property/properties within a 90-day period). Beyond that, everything else goes towards profit. Now what if I had dozens of these talking house units being rented out?

Do you see an opportunity for some side-money to be made with this idea? What am I not thinking of? I'd love to hear your feedback!!


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Old 19th January 2012, 02:45 PM   #2
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Having moved several times in the last decade, from a buyer's perspective I would love this. You might need to go slightly below $1 a day (maybe $20 a month), but otherwise I like it. Be sure to check the broadcasting laws in your area, though. You don't want the FCC getting involved in an airwaves battle.

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Old 19th January 2012, 05:44 PM   #3
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Default What an invention!

Well, I have never heard of it - but big applause to the person who invented the concept. It's highly creative.

I agree with diamond pen - be sure you are thoroughly prepared on how to tap into the radio frequency side of things. No point getting the product and finding out it's going to be a battle to get the signal happening.

I'd also just put a little more thought to your approach. Agents are so desperate to sell properties at the moment that they might not be inclined to lose the chance to 'sell' someone who calls them to find out more about a property (remember - they want to build a contact database).

You would have a much better chance with the rental market due to the massive number of people wanting to rent and the (relatively) small amount of money agents make from renting out a property. Most of them hate this side of things and would look for any opportunity not to field calls all day!

I would consider:

- buying one or two devices for 'show' purposes only. Contact the supplier and ensure you will be able to access more later. Consider that an estate agent could easily buy this device after speaking with you - so if it only exists through one supplier, try to arrange a short term exclusivity arrangement.
- contact local agents and arrange a meeting. Explain the concept, show the device and follow up with an email (protection by paper trail!). Close by asking how many devices they think they would need to cover all of their rental properties at any given time.
- once you close the deal (consider a time-period contract), assure them delivery of the devices within two weeks. Then order what you need.

I know it sounds slightly more complicated this way, but an agent will laugh if you go to them with one device. They might have 20 rentals going...one is not going to cut it. And if you can get a 6 month agreement with one agent to cover all of their rental properties, you are looking at some very decent profits. Especially if you gain exclusivity of the device for your area...how many agents would need to approach you then?

Do your distribution numbers and use it as a benchmark for pricing. $1 a day is not a bad price - but it's a bad way of selling it. Say '$7 a week' or drop it to '$25' a month. Tell them that an hour of an agents time to go and show the property is worth more that. How could they refuse!?

Best of luck...and top concept.

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