e-Partner has a unique history rooted in real estate brokerage. It is not a program created by a third party entity attempting to enter the real estate brokerage arena.
What is now known as “The e-Partner Program” and “The e-Partner Network” began more than a decade ago when its Founder, Donald Teel, created the very first community-based Internet site deducated to networking retirement communities for seniors. This proved to be the genesis of e-Partner.
What followed was more than a decade of creating a national real estate relocation network created “by an owner for owners.” Please preview our history.
The Internet’s first real estate website dedicated to allowing retirees to explore multiple communities was created. The network provided active adults who were contemplating relocation a means to research communities, gather information and assess community information prior to relocating. This early prototype was created by the Founder of the e-Partner Network who was, at the time, managing a large real estate company in Phoenix, Arizona. The site was launched in the Spring of 1995.
Following the merger of two real estate companies in Northern Arizona, the concept of community-based networks was included in the business model planning process as a way to service consumers who desired information about multiple communities prior to visiting or moving.
Information regarding housing, lifestyle, weather and other community information was provided for two Northern Arizona cities, Flagstaff and Prescott. These were the locations of two real estate firms that had merged into the first regional real estate company in Arizona. The concept of hiring agents who lived and worked in small and mid-sized communities was given the bokeage marketing name “e-Partner, The OnLine Agent.”
Three community-based websites were connected and made operational under NorthernAZ.com and the work began to create the Northern Arizona e-Partner Network of community-based websites. These sites were PrescottARIZ.com, FlagstaffAZ.com and SedonaAZ.com, under the control of the Founder’s real estate company.
A study of real estate geographic market models was completed and this led to the recognition and articulation of the tri-market regionalization concept. Essentially, this marketing concept was the discovery that all real estate markets fell into one of three classifications and each of these types of markets could be penetrated and serviced with a variety of brokerage business models, e-Partner agents being one of these.
By 1999, the Northern Arizona network had grown to include 25 cities and e-Partner had taken root as a viable real estate brokerage marketing and business development model. Arizona was divided into three regions and work began to integrate the entire State into one online expression known as the Arizona network operating as ArizonaWebPage.com. The application for the federal trade mark “e-Partner” was submitted to the USPTO.
ArizonaWebPage.com was officially launched and approximately 120 Arizona community-based websites were designed and made a part of the Arizona e-Partner Network business plan.
On August 13, 2001, the Arizona e-Partner Network and the concept of hiring real estate agents in remote markets, providing them with Internet presence and managing them through automated online support sytems was introduced to a small group of Arizona Brokers who subsequently licensed portions of the network for their own use.
The concept of a national network was already underway, the first e-Partner agent had been hired in Seligman, Arizona and the first e-Partner Brokerage firm in Page, Arizona had joined the network. Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Nevada were launched and two of those States were licensed almost immediately. By December, 2002 the network had ten states, with 39 regions, representing approximately 774 communities and the federal trade name e-Partner® was secured.
The entire Western United States was rolled-out and the country regionalized into six key geographic areas. Throughout 2003 and the first half of 2004, the midwest, southwest, southeast and northeast regions were launched.
The current network status is fifty states, more than 25,000 cities representing a population coverage in excess of 200 million people.
Founder sells his company in April and in November, e-Partner conducts its first workshop in Phoenix, Arizona with approximately 25 attendees and launches the licensing of its States to brokers.
e-Partner licenses 20 States, while holding out the top ten most populours States. The real estate market begins to crash. e-Partner conducts a Broker/Owner workshop in Las Vegas, Nevada in June with 25 Broker/Owner attendees from across the U.S.
, a community-based national blogging network is launched in June, 2007. The real estate markets continue to plunge as the housing bubble bursts. Foreclosures begin to surface. REALonomics.net
, the company’s industry blog, is lauched in November.
e-Partner begins a Network redesign, breaking each state into clustered county regions. Community-based websites are re-tooled as a Web 2.0 transparent model with consumer interaction. CityBlogUSA
attracts thousands of particpants.
e-Partner begins NEW marketing emphasis with Broker/Owner defined and driven regional models. Launches new e-Partner company site
. MORE COMING for 2009!