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The consolidation of information in the real estate market is ever increasing as we have noted with the Zillow/Trulia consolidation .. The next to come along is the Costar / Loopnet merger.
Imagine my surprise yesterday when I clicked the"Subscribe to Property Comps"
Get full Access for $74.95/Month and got "Thank you for your interest! To learn more or to make a purchase, please contact one of our associates" Well I dutifully call wondering why I need to call .. I end up getting a call back saying o no we have changed that you must now sign a contract for 12 months at $169 a month .. Like I explained I'm just doing a 4 Commercial BPOS at $100 a pop I don't mind paying the $74 to get access to the comps whichis all over your website I dont need a $2000 a year plan ... and secondly there is not even a mention of this anywhere on their site. But the answer was well we have to change the website but this is OUR PRICE take it or leave it
Costar now effectively owns Commercial data period .. We don't allow airlines to merge like this without going through hoops to prove its not "anti trust" from my 10ft level this is the same. The small guys will continue to be pushed out of every Real Estate market it seems...
The net net .. You cant afford to accept commercial bpos ... Its not cost effective .. so these are my last I will battle through and get them done without Costar ...