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Dan Tabit, Real Estate Pro in Issaquah, WA

Colleagues, How do you feel about those who answer a question and ask for the "Best Answer Award or a Thumbs Up"?

Asked by Dan Tabit, Issaquah, WA Wed Mar 26, 2014

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Randy and Vicki Biehl’s answer
I to was not aware of Realtor's requesting for either of these. I've never come across anyone asking, but with that said it does look like Jr. High.

My biggest grip is with the fact that we all have let these big sites like Trulia & Zillow take over our real estate business form the internet side of things. We've let them get so big by giving them all of our listings for free and then they turn around and charge us for our leads that were generated by our own MLS and Board dues.

I guess what really ticks me off is that I didn't think of it 1st. Brilliant business model!
3 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 28, 2014
Point well taken!
Flag Fri Mar 28, 2014
It appears by our action we've drank the Kool-Aid.
We know the resouces 99.9% of buyers use.
We know Trulia and Zillow are NOT NEEDED!
Now, do you have the COURAGE to protect your buyers and sellers by retaining control of the homes data? The facts that we know are not in alighment with the actions we take. Perhaps REALTORS have become confused regarding their personal marketing and what is best for the buyer and seller.

Other brokerages have taken decisive action to protect their agents and clients. Will you be the next one to show courage?
Flag Fri Mar 28, 2014
To me it comes across as desperate and needy. Do I like it when I get the thumbs up? Of course! Who doesn't love a little recognition? Am I going to beg for it? Naah. I'm cool. Like the Fonz.

I give myself two thumbs up! :)
5 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 27, 2014
Wow, talk about desperation. One agent comes to mind in particular, I think it would be better to offer him a nice, juicy dog bone to chew on, kinda take the edge off his begging for a thumbs-up or bestie.

Word of advice: If you write what's in your heart and treat clients like family, everything......and I mean everything, will fall into place.

Scott Miller
Realty Associates
Boca Raton, FL
5 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 27, 2014
'write what's in your heart...treat like family.." excellent guidelines.
Flag Thu Mar 27, 2014
I'm electing to not commit to this question. However, I sure would like to be recognized as the "best response"

Pleeze......... pretty pleeze!
5 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 27, 2014
Wow! I was just going to ask a question regarding online listings, posting services, and agent sentiment - yet see some great comments here. Thanks Debbie, Annette, Randy & Vicki for sharing your thoughts. I too think we should reclaim what is ours! Convincing the public? Now that's another story.

To get back on topic - thumbs up please (ha,ha,ha)!
4 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 28, 2014
There you go sweetie, from a fellow Karen, I just gave you a thumbs up! Now say how awesome I am. ;)
Flag Fri Mar 28, 2014
Kawain - see the reply and explanation I left for you below

Jared and Amanda - you are cooler than the Fonz!!!! - so I gave you a TU (along with the newer responders here!!!)

Yany - the agents who post silly questions...(and answer then themselves).... are another topic all together! hah

For the record, I make sure all toilet seats are in the down position!

:)

Truthfully, there are a far greater number of consumers who never respond to our answers with a TU, or, better yet, a follow up reply in regard to the advice that was offered.

Oh heck - here goes my battle with the captcha again!
4 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 27, 2014
For the record, most properties I market don't have a toilet seat. Is it possible you post a question in regards to this issue? Keep in mind my expertise on the subject may very well earn your vote for the BA ;)
Love the agents who elaborate on the "silly" questions, 2 thumbs up! I mean it!
Flag Thu Mar 27, 2014
Honestly, what really gets to me, agents who constantly post "silly" questions to which we have the courtesy to respond yet no thumbs up for anyone.

While asking for thumbs up or best answer can be sad, cheesy, desperate...not giving a fellow agent thumbs up for answering your question about -what you think about "showing a property and the toilet seat was up" it's just plain RUDE.
4 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 27, 2014
courtesy & necessity
Flag Thu Mar 27, 2014
I was not aware that agents "ask" for the thumbs up or best answer. I thought those were granted on merit.

Kawain Payne, Realtor/Notary
4 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 27, 2014
Kawain, yes, there are a few agents on trulia who, as part of their answers, routinely and overtly ASK the poster to give them a thumbs up or a best answer! Keep an eye out and you will see who they are! They usually say: "If you like what I said please show me by giving me a Thumbs up or Best Answer" !
Flag Thu Mar 27, 2014
See the two thumbs next to your name? Others can select either one for you and you for others. We are the ones who decide which answers are helpful.
Flag Thu Mar 27, 2014
Really? No one finds it entertaining in the least? It's like middle school. I think it's hilarious.
4 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 27, 2014
I don't find it entertaining - I find it sad.
Flag Thu Mar 27, 2014
Come on now. Cut these folks some slack.
We can all see these poor soles are desperate folks pleading for attention who have so little mental energy they add little of fabric to any topic.

BUT, please be aware, in the great big advertising playground, we are all allowed to freedom to experiment with what works. These of whom we complain will soon measure the outcome and will move on to other tactics.

Please stop wishing for Trulia to be like the dark side. Truiia is better for professionals, even with all the garbage.

Lets exercise more tolerance. I know, when it comes to TRULIA we are all being stretched to our last nerve, and then a panderer comes along and steps on this last one, and we don't like it!

Leave a revealing comment of acknowledgement for the panderer, give a thumbs down, and move on.

Or, why not link questions like this to the offending post. Would that not create some accountability? It could backfire, but if this is a REAL issue, is not the effort worth the risk?

If you like my response please award me the Best Answer.
Such action will create GOOD Karma for you. ;)

Best of success to you,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL
727.420.4041
Real Estate Made EZ
http://FREMEZ.com
4 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 27, 2014
That was the longest answer, to the simplest question ever... kudos LOL.
Flag Thu Mar 27, 2014
It reflects poorly on the agent answering and generally those asking for a best answer are rarely giving it.
4 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 27, 2014
When I see comments like that I give a thumbs down! It is cheesy.
4 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 27, 2014
It's pretty sad. But if you read the responses (generally long on self promotion and short on information) you kinda' understand why they do it.
4 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 26, 2014
It comes off as weird and desperate. I'm not a fan.

Even if there was an occasion where I thought an answer from one of these types might have warranted a thumbs up, I wouldn't give it because it was solicited.
4 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 26, 2014
I agree!!! :)
Flag Wed Mar 26, 2014
Hi Dan,


its the worst! Now, give me a thumbs up! Joking!
4 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 26, 2014
Akil,
I give thumbs often, some up, some down.
Flag Wed Mar 26, 2014
I don't like it at all. IMO it's pathetic pandering.
4 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 26, 2014
I would never bother asking for it! I would just hope that people do it for me because my answer rocks...!

If you think this is good then I'd love to get a thumbs up
3 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 29, 2014
TU for answers that "rock!"
Flag Sat Mar 29, 2014
here I go again!

as an aside..........
Annette - in regard to your question about how many "recommends" we have..........I, personally, held off from asking ANYONE for that....(some fellow agents graciously offered one or 2 here and there), but I never asked my clients to "recommend" me.....I didn't want to get involved with that.......until late 2013.

Why?

Well, I was annoyed to learn that T changed how they list and rank agents.........and, without any recommendations, I didn't appear at all on the agent rankings for that category.....the categories are now weighted heavily for those who pay, not how much one contributes...........agents who never answer an online question (and some agents I know, who don't really do ANY business, either) were/are listed high up on the list........and I was nowhere to be seen.

That really annoyed me......so, reluctantly, I decided to play the game (if you can't beat 'em, join 'em I guess) and asked a few recent clients for a recommendation.......I won't even try to compete with those agents who have 20, 30 or over 40 recommendations...........to each his own...........as long as I appear somewhere on the list, I am ok with that...........
3 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 28, 2014
Keep in mind the 108 is not a wild number, it's fact!
Flag Sat Mar 29, 2014
OMG Yanoska ROFL! Yes yes! 108 recommendations and no sales - hmmmmmmmmmm!
Flag Sat Mar 29, 2014
How about 108 recommendations and no sales, another great topic! Real Estate or Politics?
Flag Fri Mar 28, 2014
Even though I said I was boycotting this site for the time being due to the spam and confusion here, I feel compelled (lucky you) to keep responding on this thread.........because I like the people here, and the conversation!

Bill - to your point about those who "lower the bar" (I agree) but let me invite all of you, if you're not already there, to a Facebook group called "Raise the Bar in Real Estate". It is refreshing to see so many Realtors on a forum who are educated, professional and articulate regarding our industry and surrounding issues.
The majority of them on that forum do us proud.

There is another group I observe, and occasionally participate in, on FB (wont mention the name) that, to me, has a distinctively different "flavor", and I often cringe at some of the less than stellar/professional comments left there.......quite a contrast between the 2 groups.

So..........clearly, as we all know, Realtors come in all shapes and sizes.....some make us proud to call them "fellow agents"........some not so much. (I'd put those who beg for a TU or BA in the latter category).

To Randy and Vicki's point - that topic - syndicating our listings to these kind of sites - is being heavily and hotly debated all over these days.

I recently read an article, and saw a YouTube clip, from a company In San Diego (Abbott Realtors, I believe) where the owner has cut off the syndication of his company's listings - they are no longer on Z and T........ his video is quite, imo, compelling. I applaud him for taking that big step and going against the current which tells us we MUST syndicate in order to "give consumers what they want".

I don;t know......my personal verdict is still out.
3 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 28, 2014
I totally agree Annette- the only really reliable online market/real estate information - other than specifically asking an agent - is the local MLS. I can't tell you how many inquiries I get on outdated listings...people email that they want to "see thie home" - I have to tell them the home closed 2 monthd ago!...once a (serious) consumer or buyer gets fed up with that ...we're their next stop
Flag Fri Mar 28, 2014
Wow! Oh, first we missed ya.
That last paragraph ...from the finger tips of Debra Rose... gives me hope.
99% of buyers will rely on the MLS when they are serious.
Flag Fri Mar 28, 2014
Agree with everyone... don't like the begging! I also will give you all a TU on the house!
3 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 27, 2014
Thank you everyone for your responses. Especially with the frustration that Captcha as added to this process. I find the request to be, as others have said pandering, desperate, a bit sad, cheesy, weird and generally not in line with the community guidelines.
I like Scott's answer about answering like the person asking is family, answer from the heart. This has been my approach to. I have benefitted from my time here. I've received more business as a result of my energy in this forum than the paid advertising I've also done here.
Everyone here has received 1 thumbs up from me for answering. I love giving them and I'm also not shy about a thumbs down when I see Copy & Paste non responsive answers that are all self promotion.
Thanks again for your time with my "silly question".
3 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 27, 2014
well I just gave everyone here a TU 'cause I liked what you all had to say, and I agreed with everyone of you!

(gave you one, too Dan!)

and now I will struggle with that darn captcha in order to post this response.....see what I am doing for you!

:)
3 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 26, 2014
TU Debbie, Thanks for overcoming Captcha
Flag Wed Mar 26, 2014
Thanks for the latest round of contributions. Everyone here gets at least one thumbs up, even if you did ask for it. I also want to point out a good point raised today, the "cut and paste spam". This is from legitimate members of the community, but they answer every question with the same answer, which is just an add for themselves, their company, their designation etc.
PLEASE, make a contribution. Answer the question with a meaningful answer that hasn't already been stated 17 times.
Get an attorney is meaningful up to 3 answers, it emphasizes the questioner is out of their depths, but over and over with no other meaningful content is just boring and reinforces that we are lazy agents. At least skim some other answers and bring something new to the table.
If its a complicated subject, write a blog post here or on ActiveRain.com and reference it.
Thanks again for the new content.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 14, 2014
Maybe just give them a thumbs down?
2 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 14, 2014
ha - actually, I have, when it is a silly, generic, one liner answer
Flag Mon Apr 14, 2014
Karen - See that deserved a thumbs up and a thank you! GENUINE gets results :)
2 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 29, 2014
Don't know if you mean me or Karen R. In either case "we" thank you. TU!
Flag Sun Mar 30, 2014
Dan

I saw one agent doing it and getting them in spite of his responses.

Guess it may be like if you don't ask for the offer you may not get it.

or "By Referral Only" etc
2 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 28, 2014
How many recommends do you have on Trulia?
Do you ask your clients to write a testimonial after the transaction?
Do you understand the benefit on Yelp, Angies List, Yellow pages and all those others?
No, I mean the really important benefit! These recommends and testimonials are about marketing, NOT how wonderful you are. IT IS ALL ABOUT HUMMINGBIRD!

Hey folks this is simply marketing. Unfortunately, these folks will come to realize, Trulia handicaps the agents who play in the advertising playground. It was worth a try. But, understand we all do the same thing, though less 'in your face' when we schlep for recommends.

I agree, it is not a very classy appeal, but neither are the attorney ads on Tampa TV pleading you to call them if you've been bitten by your neighbors poodle, had a fall in the local grocer or been rear ended.

IT is MARKETING. As marketing experts who have a license to get paid for real estate assistance, we need to recognize it for what it is and let it go.

Actually, when your marketing is WORKING, your competitors start criticizing the method. One heavy hitter at REALTEC sends out the cheapest possible postcard on copy paper...I communicates without words "I'm the 'Everything for a Dollar' REALTOR and his peers turn up their noses. Did I mention he's a heavy hitter?

If you liked this answer or received benefit, GIMMIE the Best Answer!

OH, has anyone noticed if pleading ever resulted in a BA?

Best of success,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL
727. 420. 4041
http://RealEstateMadeEZ.us
2 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 28, 2014
I believe if it deserves to be positively recognized it will be without the author having to ask.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 14, 2014
I just looked at this thread. I can't imagine asking for a best answer, thumbs up but after reading some of the comments, I did get a good laugh from some of them. Give recognition where it is deserved as no one should get it just for being there--it needs to be earned!
Nearly everyone commenting on this had something to say and most of it was either funny or thought provoking.
I do agree with all the SPAM showing up but into every life a little rain must fall......
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 14, 2014
I don't like it. By the way, if you like my answer please consider selecting this as the best answer. :)
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 14, 2014
I think it devalues the system by doing that.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 14, 2014
I am on the team that would NEVER ask for something like that.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 14, 2014
I have never had anyone ask for a best answer or thumbs up, that sure is gutsy. However, if I ask a question I typically give all agents a thumbs up and select one best answer as a courtesy just for going out of their way to respond..
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 14, 2014
Yes, Yany, I remember her quite well (she averaged 12 - 14 TU's on EVERY question she answered - even with short, 4 word answers!).......but........ that was more a case of gaming the system than pandering (she answered 41 questions, and had a whopping 371 thumbs ups!!)..........I asked her to please share her "secret" with the rest of us, but she remained silent, and apparently declined to do so!

ps
I see the spam has already begun....pass the popcorn, please
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 28, 2014
either that or she has a huge family!!!!!.......or maybe a cult following! ha
She seems to have stopped since I brought it to everyone's attention on that thread......interesting how people think no one will notice such glaring attempts at gaming the system
Flag Sat Mar 29, 2014
There is probably some service she pays for as part of a social media / seo package where she hires a team to boost her rankings. Kind of like when people can buy reviews for stuff on Amazon.
Flag Sat Mar 29, 2014
that's way above your ratio and MINE! and Annette's!!
Flag Fri Mar 28, 2014
Debbie, do you remember one question not long ago, where the one agent received 14-15 votes in a matter of minutes for her one sentence response?

If you have the extra time, you don't need to beg for thumbs up!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 28, 2014
Really!

Imagine how this would fly in any other profession.....doctors, lawyers, educators, etc. etc. In my opinion, this is but another example of a profession in which its constituents insist on "lowering the bar!" Right or wrong, fair or unfair....how does this make us look as a profession?

Just keeping it real!

Bill
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 28, 2014
I just gave ya'll a thumbs up because I felt like it. This conversation, for some reason, makes me happy. LOL
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 28, 2014
Back at cha' babe. We gotta' stick together!
Flag Fri Mar 28, 2014
different topic, but just have to say how disappointing it is (for me) to see the sorry state of affairs here on T with all the spam........it's worse than it was before captcha as they are posting it in broad daylight now!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 14, 2014
different topic, but just have to say how disappointing it is (for me) to see the sorry state of affairs here on T with all the spam........it's worse than it was before captcha as they are posting it in borad daylight now!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 14, 2014
I have nothing to add to this conversation.
That has never stopped me before.
But if you find that refreshing and new,
give me a Best Answer.

That'll get my Monday rock'n.

;)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 14, 2014
Yes, Yany, I remember her quite well (she averaged 12 - 14 TU's on EVERY question she answered - even with short, 4 word answers!).......but........ that was more a case of gaming the system than pandering (she answered 41 questions, and had a whopping 371 thumbs ups!!)..........I asked her to please share her "secret" with the rest of us, but she remained silent, and apparently declined to sdo so!

I just noticed the captcha seems to be only numbers now........(or maybe I am lucky) - at least I can read numbers!!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 28, 2014
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