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Q: What is Lakehouse.com?
Q: How much traffic do you get?
Q: Why should I advertise my lake property on Lakehouse.com?
Q: How do I advertise my property on Lakehouse.com?
Q: What does it cost to advertise lake property on Lakehouse.com?
Q: Can I advertise my property if it is not lakefront?
Q: What is meant by a "GOLD STAR AD"?
Q: What is meant by a "FEATURED AD"?
Q: What is meant by a "DELUXE AD"?
Q: Do you offer free ads?
Q: How do I update or remove my ad?
Q: How do I pay for my ad?
Q: What if I forget my login id or password?
Q: I am having problems logging in.
Q: How long will my ad be displayed?
Q: How can I upgrade from a free ad to a PAID AD?
Q: My property is listed with a realtor. Can I also advertise it here?
Q: PHOTO HELP
Q: I uploaded my photos. Why are they not displaying?
Q: What if I do not have photos of my property?
Q: Is there a limit on the size of photo I can submit?
Q: What formats are allowed for photos?
Q: What is the difference between .bmp, .jpg, and .gif photo formats?
Q: What if I don't know how to upload photos or have photo editing software?
Q: How can I upgrade to 10 photos?
Q: How can I change my photos?
Q: I have changed my photos but the old ones still show up?
Q: Why can't I find "my" lake here?
Q: How will I be contacted if someone is interested in my property?
Q: What is the difference between a "website click" and a "view count"?
Q: If I pay for an ad and that property sells, can I replace the ad with another property without paying again?

If you have a question that is not answered here, please contact us.


Q: What is Lakehouse.com?

A: Lakehouse.com is a lake property advertising service. We are here to help individuals, realtors, and agents sell and rent lake property. We do not own any properties ourselves. We are not a real estate company. We do not operate on a commission basis. Our service is lake property advertising for a flat fee.

Lakehouse.com is also a lake information resource. We have included a lake map, weather, boating, fishing, camping, and local area information for most of our lake pages. We hope you will visit us whenever you have any questions about a particular lake.

Lakehouse.com has been online since 1997 and is based in Mansfield, Texas.

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Q: How much traffic do you get?

A: For 2008, our projected visit count is 9 million.
In 2007, we had over 7 million visits.
In 2006, we had over 5.5 million visits.
In 2005, we had over 3.5 million visits.

The popularity of our website continues to climb as it remains the #1 lake property website on the internet. If you are considering any other lake property website to advertise on, we encourage you to compare Lakehouse.com's statistics by using unbiased and reputable ranking websites, such as Quantcast.com. You will see that our website truly gets as much as 10 TIMES the traffic of any "competitors" in our line of business.

These numbers represent actual visits, not just "hits". Beware of other websites that claim to have high traffic volume by mentioning their "hits". Hits are not the same as visits. One visit to one page on a website can increase the "hit" count ten or even hundreds of times, depending on how many graphics are on the page, as each and every picture or graphic on a page counts as one "hit". Our "hits" count is over 150,000,000 per month. If you want to know how popular a site is, ask for actual visit counts and don't be fooled by "hits".

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Q: Why should I advertise my lake property on Lakehouse.com?

A: Lakehouse.com has many benefits over the other real estate websites. Having been online since 1997, we are very well established on all the major search engines such as Yahoo, Google, MSN, AOL, etc. This is how most house-hunters look for properties and they come here first when they see Lakehouse.com at the top of the list. We can even prove it! Try for yourself by checking out these:

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We challenge you to try searching Google.com for "(your state)lake property". Lakehouse.com is at the top 5 (if not the first!) of almost all 50 states.

Lakehouse.com is a specialized real estate service.� Since we only feature lake properties, your home or lake lot will not be lost among thousands of other properties that are not lake related. Our uniqueness is what brings you closer to making a sale or rental. Visitors to Lakehouse.com are here looking specifically for lake property.

We have a member database consisting of over 40,000 buyers who have requested that we contact them about new ads. As soon as your ad is posted, our Auto Notify system sends out emails to the people whose search criteria match your property's description. We may already have a buyer on file just waiting to be informed about your property!

Lakehouse.com services the entire United States. Most often, buyers are not exactly sure which lake they want to buy property on, so they search many. Here they can browse over 5,000 lakes at one time and make their search easier and quicker.

We've had lots of satisfied customers! Read what they have to say about their experience with Lakehouse.com.

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Q: How do I advertise my property on Lakehouse.com?

A:
STEP 1: Read our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.
STEP 2: Register if you are not already a Lakehouse.com member. If you are a member, LOGIN to your account.
STEP 3: Go to the Advertising Rates page and select an ad type (5 or 10 photo) or multi-ad package.
STEP 4: Fill out an online form with your property information
STEP 5
: Add photos
STEP 6
: Pay online with a credit card and activate your ad



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Q: What does it cost to advertise lake property on Lakehouse.com?

A: Basic ads are $49, are good for 6 months and include:

  • (5) large color photos
  • Unlimited text description of your property
  • Featured Ads placement
         (located on the top left of every page of our website)
  • Map link (for an exact location)
  • Contact information (name, phone #, email)
  • Link to another website (if you have one)
  • Visitor counter
  • Buyer/seller match-up - instant leads from our database
         of 50,000+ potential customers!
  • Deluxe Ads are $59 and include all of the above with (10) photos.

    Multi-ad packages are available for agents with many lake properties to advertise. To see all of our multi-ad rates, CLICK HERE. Rates range from (3) ad packages for $99, up to 100 listings for $999.

    With prices comparable to advertising in your local newspaper (for only a week to 10 days), your ad is good for 6 months (or 12 months if you buy a mulit-ad package).

    Agent Spotlight ads are also available for a higher profile ad, spotlighting your company or you as an agent. Please call (toll free) 888-933-LAKE(5253) or send an email for more information.



    We accept most major credit cards, money orders and personal checks.

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    Q: Can I advertise my property if it is not lakefront?

    A: Sure you can! We do require that all properties advertised on this site be near a lake or river or the ocean. Lakefront is not a requirement. If your property is lake view or lake access, it is welcome here. We also accept properties with their own private lakes or ponds.

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    Q: What is meant by a "GOLD STAR AD"?

    A:  Gold Star ads get the most exposure because they sort to the top of search results. Your ad can be a GOLD STAR ad for only $10 more.

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    Q: What is meant by a "FEATURED AD"?

    A: Featured ads are randomly featured on all Lakehouse.com webpages in the lefthand column. (5) different properties are displayed at a time. Properties are also featured on the various state pages, randomly, (5) at a time. This gives your property optimum exposure. All paid ads with a good photo are displayed in the Featured Ad column. When you are on a particular Lake page, you will only see properties from that lake in the Featured column, as long as there are at least 5 properties currently being advertised on that lake. If you are on a particular state page, you will only see properties advertised from that state. It is completely random. We do not control what displays in that column, except for having the ability to turn off the Featured flag for an ad, if there is no picture or the main picture is undesirable, such as a drawing or plat.

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    Q: What is meant by a "DELUXE AD"?

    A: Deluxe Featured ads are the same as Featured ads but with (10) property photos instead of (5).

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    Q: Do you offer free ads?

    A: The first ad on a lake is free for 90 days, but does not include a phone number or website link.

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    Q: How do I update or remove my ad?

    A: You have 24 hour/7 day a week access to instantly update your ad. Simply login to your account and click on "My Ads".

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    Q: How do I pay for my ad?

    A: If you skipped the payment page while submitting your ad, you can pay for your ad by logging in here: LOGIN and then clicking on the option "Pay" that is next to your ad. If you are already logged in, click here to go to your account: MY ACCOUNT

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    Q: What if I forget my login id or password?

    A: Your login id is your email address. If you do not remember which email address you used, you can contact us, by using the contact form and we will look it up for you. If your email address has changed since you registered with us, contact us and we can change it for you. If you have forgotten your password, go to "My Account" and click on "Lost Your Password?". You will receive an email very shortly with your password. The email will be sent to the email address that you initially registered with.

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    Q: I am having problems logging in.

    A: You may need to clear the cookies and temporary internet files on your computer. You can also try to enter the website thru a different URL. Try one of these:
    http://lakehouse.com/login.php
    http://lakehouse.com/account.php
    Your computer must also be set up to accept cookies or you may not be able to login.

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    Q: How long will my ad be displayed?

    A: All paid ads will be posted for 6 months or until you request it be removed. Ads that are part of a multi-ad package are good for 12 months.

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    Q: How can I upgrade from a free ad to a PAID AD?

    A: First you login to your account. Then click on the blue "pay" link next to your ad. If you then pay online by credit card, your ad will automatically be extended for another 6 months.

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    Q: My property is listed with a realtor. Can I also advertise it here?

    A: First you should check with your Realtor, but we have no problem with advertising your property here, just like you would in any newspaper. We will gladly list your Realtor's name, email address and phone number as the Contact.


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    Q: PHOTO HELP

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    Q: I uploaded my photos. Why are they not displaying?

    A: If you do not see photos on your ad, they did not successfully upload. You can try again and upload them one at a time or email them to LHphotos(at)lakehouse.com, replacing the (at) with @

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    Q: What if I do not have photos of my property?

    A: When you submit an ad, you are not required to add photos. If you want to add or change them at any time, you can login to your account and upload, change, or delete photos.

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    Q: Is there a limit on the size of photo I can submit?

    A: For fastest uploading times, we recommend resizing your pictures to less than 1 mb, but it is not necessary. Our system will automatically change the dimensions (height and width) of the photo, if necessary, so it will fit on a computer screen.

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    Q: What formats are allowed for photos?

    A: Your photos must be in either .jpg or .gif format to load properly to your ad.

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    Q: What is the difference between .bmp, .jpg, and .gif photo formats?

    A: A photo stored in bitmap format (.bmp) is not as internet efficient as a photo stored in .jpg or .gif format. For example, a 600k bitmap photo is only approx. 60k in .jpg format. If you have photo editing software that can convert a bitmap photo to a .jpg photo, then you will get the best photo type for use on the internet and this website.

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    Q: What if I don't know how to upload photos or have photo editing software?

    A: If you do not know how to upload photos, you can email them to LHphotos(at)lakehouse.com, replacing the (at) with @ You should receive an automated email response from the Pictures Department. If you do not receive a response, we have not received your pictures. Please call 888-933-LAKE(5253),M-F, 7 am - 5 pm, for further assistance.

    If you do not have electronic versions of your pictures (in .jpg or .gif formats), you can send them to us by regular mail to Lakehouse.com, 2384 N. Hwy 287 Suite 202, Mansfield, Texas 76063 and we will scan and add them for you, at no extra charge. If you want your photos returned to you, please include a self addressed stamped envelope. Label the pictures with your ad number and in what order you want them.

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    Q: How can I upgrade to 10 photos?

    A: If you originally submitted your ad as a 5-photo ad and you would like to upgrade to 10 photos, the fee is $10. Please call our office at 888-933-LAKE(5253),M-F, 7 am - 5 pm and we can process the upgrade over the phone. At this time we do not have an online option to upgrade. We will in the future.

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    Q: How can I change my photos?

    A: If you have uploaded your allowed number of photos, you must first delete a photo to add another. When changing/updating photos, you must click on REFRESH or Press F5 to refresh the thumbnail (small) photos.

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    Q: I have changed my photos but the old ones still show up?

    A: Go to your ad from the home page (www.Lakehouse.com) and click Refresh (F5) and you will see the new pictures.

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    Q: Why can't I find "my" lake here?

    A: If you do not see "your" lake listed here, it is simply because we haven't been asked to add it yet. There are over 100,000 lakes in the United States and we have not had time to add them all. We are currently prioritizing development of new lake pages, based on the ads submitted. So if you want to advertise your property with us, all it takes is an email from you and we will immediately add your lake as a category (within minutes if we are online).

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    Q: How will I be contacted if someone is interested in my property?

    A: In the Contact section of your ad there will be a link to an email contact form, so you can be directly contacted by potential buyers. Anytime your email address is displayed on a website, it is likely to be retrieved by companies that send out spam/junk emails. By using our "hidden email" technology, you can still be directly notified, without your email address being "exposed". Whether or not your phone number is displayed is entirely up to you. It is not a required field.

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    Q: What is the difference between a "website click" and a "view count"?

    A: A "website click" is increased when someone clicks on an external website/http. This is for people that have another website where they are advertising their property. Many real estate businesses use Lakehouse.com to drive more visitors to their company's website. We have this count on their ads to let them know how many people are doing that. A "view count" is increased when someone clicks on your ad to see all the details. This count goes up when you visit your ad, but only counts one time every 24 hours.

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    Q: If I pay for an ad and that property sells, can I replace the ad with another property without paying again?

    A: No. As stated in our AD GUIDELINES AND RULES each ad is for one specific property. Once it is sold, you must contact us to mark it as sold. Any new properties can only be advertised by submitting a new ad.

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