An idea came to Catherine Deeths
during the weekly real estate breakfasts where agents announce properties coming to market or the wishes of their buyers.
For agents, such insider information can mean sales.
Even so, Deeths, an agent with North Bay Property Advisors in Santa Rosa, said, "I was sitting in those meetings and wondering why we don't do it a better way."
The answer that she
created is Agent2AgentLink
, a website that allows agents to share with one another about homes coming to market.
launched the site two years ago.
About 200 agents now use it.
Most of them signed up this year.
For the service, agents pay about $10 a month, or $108 a year.
Other places exist to learn about properties coming to market, including the online site Top Agent Network.
Also, local agents can receive regular e-mails recapping what was shared at the weekly meetings sponsored around Sonoma County by the North Bay Association of Realtors
noted that Top Agent Network's membership is limited to the top 15 percent of agents in a market.
maintained that she
receives postings that won't get announced at the weekly real estate meetings.