As some of you may know I spend a fair amount of time on Trulia Voices, answering consumer real estate questions.Â Trulia Voices is the "discussion" area where consumers come for a little Q&A of real estate professionals.
They ask generic questions, specific question, sometimes they're real estate, sometimes they're mortgage/lender questions, often they're about inspection issues, and of course there's the occasional spam.
I answer questions from my region as well as areas around the country, when the questions aren't location-specific.
There are many who look down their noses at the entire Q&A process on Trulia, and concurrently at the Realtors and Agents who chose to participate there. Some people have the temperament to play on Trulia, and some people don't have the patience.
That's all well and good, if you don't want to participate in the Q&A area, then that's your decision.Â But I gotta tell you, that answering questions on Trulia has been very good for me.
Yes, there are a bunch of foolish questions... and some moronic answers from agents who should know better.Â My personal favourite is the "What is the average commission? ..." question, and there are always a few doofus agents who will take the bait with "oh, the average is X%"... d'oy!!
I figure it's the department of justice asking those questions, trying to cull the herd.
All the more reason to participate, because those agents who can present themselves as knowledgeable and professional stand out from the crowd. I get regular calls and regular business that ends in a closing and a check, merely from my participation on Trulia Voices.
This last week... I converted three separate Trulia leads into accepted contracts.Â That's right... three phone calls from people who found me on Trulia that turned into buyers and all three of them, coincidentally, decided to buy during the same week.Â So I can tell you for certain that being the local "expert" by displaying professionalism and real estate knowledge on a national website, such as Trulia, can be a good source of leads.
ALAN MAY, RealtorÂ®
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, 2929 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
847.425.3779Â Â Â Â Cell: 847.924.3313Â Â Â Â Â Email: Almay@aol.com
Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate â€¢ Licensed in Illinois
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