04-16-2009 11:26 PM
04-20-2009 10:44 AM
I have used earlier versions of Act for approximately 12 years. After returning to residential real estate earlier this year, I evaluated Top Producer, Office Agent, and Mark-It Advantage. While my firm strongly suggests Top Producer, its web based programming was annoying as it required me to hooked to the internet to have access to my database. This was a problem as I am in new home subdivisions frequently which may not have internet access. Like you the ongoing fee just did not work for me.
Mark-It had several great attributes, but as a heavy user of Word transactions, I thought its Word processing program was lacking and I did not want to learn another word package. If Mark it would have had total integration with Word, I may have gone with it. Office Agent had better word processing integration (you could use Word), but its email was lacking for my style. Either package was good.
I ultimately chose Act Real Estate due to the lower learning curve for me. I am not using all of the benefits of Act yet; as l have concentrated on the areas of most importance first (ie contact and communication with prospects). Except for a few Microsoft upgrades which attempted unsuccessfully to upgrade something called SQL 2005 used by Act, I have not had any conflicts between Act with MLS or other software that I use regularly. I like Acts reliability.
Acts mail merge for email has been flawless for me. The ability to create my own action plans is similarly worth it. Likewise, being able to classify a contact under several different id classifications is a big help. I added a "drop down" field that I labeled "Preferred Communication". It has 3 classes for contacts (ie email, letter, and phone). This helps me on my monthly contact method of sending regular communication to my data base.