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Brian Byhower, Real Estate Pro in Manhattan Beach, CA

Has the "quality" of the questions from homebuyers or renters seem like it has changed over the last month, or so?

Asked by Brian Byhower, Manhattan Beach, CA Fri Aug 24, 2012

Nowadays, it seems to me that the questions are just not worth answering. When the buyers ask "who owns this house..." or "I want to rent a 3 bed home in a nice area for under $800/month. I don't have a job and my credit is bad, too." All the questions are starting to look alike to me and I just don't want to make any effort to answer them. Do any of my fellow agents feel the same way?

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Like any free sight, eventually it gets diluted. Like Craigslist. That used to be an awesome place, now companies have found ways to allow agents to over post and use it as a lead generating forum.

I've had my share of spammers contacting me through this site and others.

I hope that Trulia will take command and keep this forum from becoming a spammers play ground.

As for the quality of questions, I find that with the very low interest rates there are a lot more buyers and first time buyers in the lower end of the market. This is bringing out a new class of purchasers. I still have had wonderful experience meeting and helping great clients as a result of Trulia. The clients I end up working with tell me they have following me on line. They follow how I present myself and the quality of my answers. Then they contact me for a face to face meeting. That is when we decide if we can work together. Sometimes we have to put things on hold until they are in a better position to buy. They are loyal and appreciate valued information.

As Kawain nicely stated when I we can be of help we are there.
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2 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 25, 2012
Well, I have always been told there is no such thing as a dumb question.....


That being said, I think consumers are looking at sites like Trulia for information. They look at Realtors as the experts, and they really do need our help.

I do not mind answering these type of questions. Too many peolpe have been scammed by companies that say "any score approved"...Buy a home with no money down".... Or pay us a few bucks and we will "FIX" your credit.

Anytime I can give someone some real hard facts, I take advantage of it.

Much Success to You.

Best Regards,
Kawain Payne, Realtor
2 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 24, 2012
You bet!!! I am feeling the exact same way!!! It has been frustrating...I actually think it's been going on for several months.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 25, 2012
I think you right Brian!

Some questions are very odd and weird to say the least.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 25, 2012
I think some of you agents are missing my point. I never said these are bad questions or dumb questions. It's just that so many of the questions are a waste of time. When the buyers ask, "who owns this home?" or "where are the best neighborhoods in Los Angeles?" these are the type of questions that are a waste of time to answer, in my opinion. For those of you that like to answer the dumb questions, please do. It helps free us up to actually help needy buyers or sellers.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 25, 2012
I think still bad questions are still good questions, that means people are on the site looking and searching through properties and agents.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 25, 2012
I think some of you agents are missing my point. I never said these are bad questions or dumb questions. It's just that so many of the questions are a waste of time. When the buyers ask, "who owns this home?" or "where are the best neighborhoods in Los Angeles?" these are the type of questions that are a waste of time to answer, in my opinion. For those of you that like to answer the dumb questions, please do. It helps free us up to actually help needy buyers or sellers.
Flag Sat Aug 25, 2012
Yes. I am getting a lot more spam after responding.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 25, 2012
definitely. becoming a monumental waste of time.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 25, 2012
My biggest disappointment recently is a rental listing which I took and is displayed on Trulia I am getting 90% spam inquiries from Trulia. It's hard to sort out the real tenants. If you respond to one of the spam inquiries, then your email address ends up getting trashed either with incoming junk or being used to send out spam to other people.

Most of the bogus email addresses end in a 5 digit number. So beware!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 24, 2012
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