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‘Bradley, find that Realtor’s card in my wallet’

Perspective: The power of the Internet

When I helped sell my parents' home in Las Vegas earlier this year, pricing it was like catching a falling knife. Finding a good Realtor was also an unexpected challenge. I reviewed agents at HomeGain, of course. I checked out sites such as Realtor.com, Zillow and Trulia. I was intrigued by a couple of agents on ActiveRain because their blog posts offered color on Summerlin, the area in Vegas where my parents live. I also called the CEO of a large real estate franchise who worked me down their food chain to a top producer in my parents' neighborhood. She sounded smug. I set up appointments with three Realtors -- two from ActiveRain and one from the franchise -- to meet when I was in Vegas. The personal story: My parents are ill and my brothers and I have spent the last six months helping them move into a life care facility, manage their life and give my mom ample room (an "Obama Mama") to express herself about how President Bush and Bill Clinton are wrecking the c...