Interesting. I hadn't been on Trulia much lately but am starting to venture back. I'll have to take note of this. I also agree that recommendations should be from a past client although I think it is nice to receive a recommendation or a compliment from an agent who is a peer but I don't think it should be a way of gaming the system to gain a higher rank just as I don't believe you should be able to pay to rank higher. Some things in life should be earned but that's a whole other topic ;)
For the record I have not asked past clients for reccomendations, but a few have ventured on here to give me a testimonial or positive review.
I don't beleive in paying for the "Pro" tag on Trulia as it is just paid placement and not a sign of how helpul they have been or any level of experience in the business. My ranking is based completely on being helpful to Trulia users.
Yes, and I agree with you and would think buyers and sellers are also looking for recommendations that were derived from previous clients as well. Try not to pay too much attention to what others are doing to rank higher than you and just keep doing what you're doing.
Buyers and sellers are smart enough to see through this and will seek out a real estate agent that has the experience and skill set to get the job done.
Recomendations from previous clients are best, but there is something to be said when you get a compliment from someone in your field. I can tell you I have worked with some out standing agents. Some of which I have kept close contact with long after the deal closes. Then there are those I hope and pray I NEVER cross paths with again.
When we do wrong there is no shortage of those who will call us out. If you have worked with an agent, and you find them to be a stand up professional why not give the a positive shout out?
Besides putting your name on the line to recommend someone is no joke. I would think any agent that does so, would do it very carefully.
Kawain Payne, Realtor
I never have negative comments about any body it you put out good you receive good !
HENA MARTIN BROKER /REALTOR
I like Trulia, but there is certainly room for improvement. It would be nice if they figured out a better rating system. I'm glad you asked your question and gave me an opportunity to vent about some of the dishonest people on this site. When you do what some of these agents, mortgage brokers etc are doing you are being dishonest in my eyes and taking advantage of the system. Please don't hesitate to reply with your thoughts.
Donald A Mituzas
Licensed Associate Broker
2008 Realtor of the Year
Director - Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors
Douglas Elliman Real Estate
It will bring you to the list of pros (doesn't matter what city or state).......check it out - the agents listed will be listed BASED on their number of recommendations...................the consumer COULD change the ranking option (sort option) - you will see it on the left to a drop down list.
Other ranking options are there, for example, for those who have the most "Best answers" or are "Featured" (meaning they pay for the orange PRO badge)......BUT - the first method trulia is using is to list according to the number of receommendations!
I think that misleads the public into thinking those listed may be the "best" agents....or most experienced, etc.......just my opinion
There is an agent here who gave HIMSELF a recommendation - and, someone whose husband gave them a recommendation - and the system accepted both (I have flagged them, but they're still there)
what bothers me is that trulia now uses these "recommendations" (the number of recommendations one has) as the main way to rank agents, so that a consumer gets a sense that they have relevance and that those rankings imply expertise.....imo....they don't mean anything, and in a way, I think it dupes unsuspecting consumers
like most everything in life, the system is not perfect. who says the client recommendation is truly a client anyways. Most of my clients do not use Trulia nor do I ask them for a recommendation here.