New website helps the search for a new home

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By Brian Bobal
Mason Times staff writer

The Mason Chamber of Commerce was one of the two groups behind the website.

The Mason Chamber of Commerce was one of the two groups behind the website.

In February, the Mason Area Chamber of Commerce and the Forsberg Real Estate Company teamed up to launch a new website called relocatemason.com. The site is geared toward those moving into the Mason area. It helps them locate housing and it directs them toward local businesses.

“One thing we needed to do was to have a way to connect with some of the housing availability,” said Doug Klein, executive director of the Mason Chamber of Commerce. “On our website we have apartments, but we needed something for people who wanted to buy houses.”

“We’d been wanting to do something like this for a while,” Klein said. “Trying to get Realtors or real estate agents to do something together is like pushing spaghetti up your nose, you can’t really do it. It takes somebody to take a leap.”

The real estate agency that took the leap was the Forsberg Real Estate Company of Okemos headed by Brent Forsberg.

The website links to a lot of the activities going on through the Chamber of Commerce.

The website links to a lot of the activities going on through the Chamber of Commerce.

“We put it together for the Chamber for helping people that are moving to Mason,” said Forsberg, a former board member of the Mason Chamber of Commerce. “They’re looking for a spot they can send people to on the web.”

Forsberg said the whole process of getting the website off its feet took about seven weeks.

“It’s getting a few hits. I think we’ve had a couple hundred so far,” said Forsberg, who is on the Mason Economic Development Council. “I’m waiting for a couple other volunteers to step up to put up services and other things available in Mason to enhance it.”

Klein spoke about the plans for the website moving forward.

“I think that our next step is to do more mobile, so people can get it on (their phones) because people are getting away from the desktops, laptops and even their tablets to some degree,” he said. “So that’ll be our challenge for the next couple years. It’s a work in progress, but we view that as another portal into the Mason market.”

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