Your approach is correct. It matters not if you are chatting with Trulia, Zillow, Market Leader, or any of those "First Page of Google' folks, they ALL sell smoke and mirrors. They use their own lexicon and prey on the idea real estate agents are gullible and will buy ANYTHING!
As a small business owner,seeking to know how vendors treat your peers should establish CLEAR expectations. When the boat sinks. there will be only one person to blame.
I have the good forutne to have the resources and know how to test and vet their products and services. The resources have been invested to obtain benchmarking studies to which these vendors can measured. I most cases I know more about their business than any of those to whom you will speak. You will not get a straight answer from those who answer the phone. I personnally don't think those on the phone are lying...they simply don't know and are compelled stick to the script. You need to verify. That is what you are doing now. AND....it is proviing beneficial to those who are following this question.
A sure give away that a vendor is selling smoke is when you hear, "If you get just one transaction it pays for itself!" Just hang up.
Best of success,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Plam Harbor, FL
The listing agent got 3 calls for floorplans from agents.
I really have to rethink whether I want to be part of this.
Many of them dont actually lead to a buy or sale, but the ones that do... Pay for the ads plus.
Here is my main issue so far and it is so darn frustrating....
I advertise here, I use the site to promote my properties, I answer questions, I pay for leads, I am both a "PRO" and a "VIP", I have 23 Solds , 18 Recs... and when a potential client using the "best Match" feature in my local area... I am listed down the page with new agents who are not "PROS", "VIP" with no contributions, NO solds, No recs, nothing that come up way ahead of me... When i call and ask why? They cant give me an answer? But don't fix the issue either...
I have no idea why the site I put all my effort into... The site i pay for, isn't doing anything about this? I have worked hard to promote Trulia, Have done so much with my contributions, My Money... and feel like it just does not matter!
It would be interesting to know your resource, and if I read it right it may be telling that you are a Trulia VIP but not a Pro????
That is a great benefit to be offered by your MLS, Is that in remarks that are just for syndication? I do not imagine that contact information would be on the MLS? Maybe I am wrong.
I look forward to hearing others opinions. I am glad to hear it is not just me.