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Dan Sanchez, Real Estate Pro in Madrona, Seattle, WA

Is VIP status on Trulia worth it?

Asked by Dan Sanchez, Madrona, Seattle, WA Thu Oct 6, 2011

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Dan, I would agree with the others. I worked hard to get to VIP status and have certainly gotten more leads and contacts because of it. I would suggest trying to get to VIP status (it is not easy!) and see where it leads.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 6, 2011
I would rather have it than not have it.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Oct 9, 2011
Hey Dan,

For me, I guess it depends on how you define worth?

There a lot good questions and blogs to comment on and information to take away from the various post. In terms of leads and actual business generated from the activity on Tulia, I would say no.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 7, 2011
You can have your own reasons for doing something:
I enjoy helping people and I have learned a tremendous amount in the last six months.
If you have to put a price tag on everything; No it is not worth it!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 7, 2011
Yes! Keeps you involved, and to be honest, I have learned a few things.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 7, 2011
It depends on your definition of "worth it". Worth what? If your first concern is to give complete helpful information in an attempt to help solve a problem or answer a question as opposed to how many points you accumulate, then yes. And I agree with Annette in that, if you are taking time away from your immediate and important tasks, then I would say no.

I only visit Trulia after my important business of the day has been completed and very often in the late evening while catching up on the news. Answering a question only takes a few moments, but reading through the previous answers is important. Try not to be repetitive and pay special attention to when the question was asked. I made that horrible mistake in the beginning. I think I answered a question that was roughly two years old. Ugh.

Quickly learned the ropes since then.

If I get points great, but more the more important issue is, who have I helped today.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 6, 2011
That is a really good question as I am sitting here trying to make sure my VIP status stays up to date. In the end - I would say yes. Answering buyers questions and reading them only makes you more connections and keeps you up to date on what people are thinking about in the market.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 6, 2011
Being the broker in the office I am here a lot of the day anyway and having the computer on my desk makes it easy to read questions and answer them. That is really all that is needed to get to a VIP status. It takes a month or so but it can be fun reading and answering questions for people.

To say it has made me one dime is not true in my case. I have gotten a dozen "leads" but none have panned out and most of those people never replay to my emails or calls. I get some emails saying - I saw your listing on Trulia and I send them an email with the full listing and never hear back. I can't say it is something that will make you any money, but I enjoy trying to help people and answer their questions. I paid for the Pro status and have recently dropped it since it never did much for me. As someone below said, it can't hurt.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 6, 2011
Hello Dan,
The more exposure you can give yourself on the internet the better chances you have on attracting leads.
By answering questions and blogging about the real estate market in your area shows that you are an active and knowledgeable agent in your market.
Not only will you gain more exposure but you might also learn a thing or two from viewing others content.
Yes, I think it's worth it!

Laura Feghali
Prudential Connecticut Realty
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 6, 2011
Dan,
It really depends on what your time is worth.
If you could be interviewing first time home buyers instead of spending that time at the keyboard you should be where the buyers are.

However, if you have consistent slack time, or you have purposefully focused on this, and similar, media resources and will commit time to it, just like any activity in which you commit to, you will see results.

I would advise you conduct you own research for your specific area to determine if Trulia is the best venue for your purpose. You may discover Trulia to be a minor player in your geographic area. Secondly, understand who the buyer and seller is that participates on Trulia. Never let the convenience of social media place a barrier between you and real live people.

Best of success.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 6, 2011
Hello Dan, Scott is right on point and the old addage is "what is there to lose". It has led me to several sales and going into contract with another soon!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 6, 2011
Dan MOST DEFINATELY... It gets you noticed more than someone without it. The key fact for any agent to want to be more active is that if they dont care about a VIP badge, they should care about the potential customers they are exposed to by answering questions and writing blogs. The formula is the more the Activity = More potential customers.

http://www.trulia.com/blog/scott_godzyk/2010/07/what_has_tru…

Please check out this blog i wrote a while back "WHAT HAS TRULIA DONE FOR ME LATELY"
Web Reference: http://www.ScottSellsNH.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 6, 2011
I would echo Tim's remarks. I dropped the Pro and earned the VIP but then got busy and let it go. I haven't seen a difference in business because I don't have it right now. To me, it is worth about 3-5 minutes a day max. Sort of like checking headlines. The toughest part right now seems to be finding reasonable things to respond to. And as it has been said, it doesn't hurt to have that status.

The real question is whether your Pro Status is worth it?

BeachBrokerBill
CA DRE#01775528
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 11, 2011
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