I don't pay for zip codes (sorry trulia!) or to be a Pro anymore....and I still have done a good deal of business that was generated by my presence here.
Here are a few other random thoughts of mine...........
Treat your answers as though you are building a library of advice - because you are, and consumers WILL look back at what you have said in the past.
When you respond to a question.........ANSWER the question!
Do not lecture the consumer or try to show them the "light" or chastise them, for example, for wanting to be a fsbo...imo...it doesn't enhance your image to critique them or offer stagnant, trite responses ("you get what you pay for", "why rent when you can buy", "now is the best time to buy/sell", etc).
Respect the poster and the question, and give a HELPFUL answer...or don't answer it at all.
Do not use questions as an opportunity for self-promotion!
I doubt very much consumers understand or care about a long list awards following your name....and they certainly don't get excited about a repsonse that simply says: "CALL ME".
Ok, I am done lecturing now!
(and a little humor thrown in here and there doesn't hurt either!)
Good luck to you!
Having a presence here on the Trulia site by answering questions and posting blogs on a regular basis about your market and community is the best way to attract leads. (I'm on the site daily). This helps in showing potential prospects that you are the local expert.
You may also wish to purchase a local ad to give you more exposure on the site.
Good luck to you!
Prudential Connecticut Realty
Thank you for your lovely comments - they are most appreciated!
Your thoughts about adding value to a thread (question), and not just chiming in with a repetitve answer is great advice, too.
Have a terrific day.............
I have several favorites on here and Debbie Rose you are one of mine. You always give great advice and actually answer the question. Many on here chime in and say nothing (you will recognize them after a while) just to get points, often saying what has already been said! So Debbie can I have a margarita too? (pomegranate please).
Answer questions in your area
Post your blogs on Trulia
You'll get some inquiries that may not be the best leads --- but it only takes one. My biggest sale last year (over $1M) was from someone who inquired about a property (not my listing). I responded that it was already pending, but gave him info on other properties in that price range and location. Minutes later, he called, and we met at my office within the hour.
Showed him several properties, and we found an absolutely great deal (short sale). Closed escrow in four months, but it was well worth it and he and his family were very happy.
So was I.
Sign up for my 'Red Hot' leads for agents program. NON-Sense!!!
As has been pointed out...buying more privilege is not the pathway to success.
Participation PLUS what Carla shared IS the secret.
Be aware, Carla shared she does leases and that has generated business.
Look beyond that explicit example, and realize what Carla is actually providing.
Go and do likewise.
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Assoicate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL -
No one can force this or cheat on it; it either happens or it doesn't:
I would guess that the 3 biggest areas for Client participation are the Texas triangle (Dallas, Houston, Austin), Florida, (almost the whole state) and New Jersey.
If you are in one of those areas, you can cull a lot of leads; but it takes participation on your part.
As others have said, those that have gone before you have learned that it isn't the "Pro" status that generates leads as much as your involvement and visibility, responding to questions that people submit.
With experience, people will be able to see your credibility as a professional and reach out to you for support. It's amazing how many people call for specific answers to their questions because they follow you on trulia Q & A's.
I've also had some good buyer inquiries as well. Today I had a buyer call about a neighborhood they are interested in watching. We'll see what that develops into.
I did purchase the Pro program, and did decide to pay for part of my own zip code, but I don't know whether these have increased my leads or not over what they might have been otherwise. I've considered it an investment until I can get my own sphere of influence built up into a referral based business.
Great observations from the other agents as well!
I think it is prudent to be careful of any blanket statements we make, but that is strictly my opinion, and I certainly respect yours.
I think we all agree, however, that buying a home is a personal decision.....it's not one size fits all..........the timing is a personal decision............ and it might not be right for everyone...at the same time!
your trulia activity will increase your presence on the site thus leading to more potential leads. Also if you have listings make sure they are the site as well.
The more you blog higher your presence will be in the Dallas area.