I have actually gotten a few leads from Trulia - 2 agents in my office already closed 2 deals from leads here.
Currently, I am working on a cma for 1 person, and helping someone from out of the country "look" for homes in my area.
Last month, I made an offer on a home for a buyer who contacted me after I responded to his question here. Unfortunatley, he was outbid, and didn't get the home.
I am also working with a buyer currently looking for a home - am taking him out tomorrow, in fact.
So, yes.....this site does offer some potential business opportunities.
While the exposure is great...the best part for me is learning about how real estate is conducted all over the country.................. exchanging ideas with other agents.....................and helping consumers by answering their questions............if the end result is a new client or a referral........that's a nice bonus, but not the driving force!
Good luck, Shaun............in my opinion, time spend here is time well spent!
Prudential NJ Properties
John & Sarena Villaescusa
Keller Williams Realty
See below for the result of a search on ActiveRain for "affordable effective marketing":
You should have enough to read and learn until the end of winter :)
Trulia is like everything else in terms of finding clients and getting potential leads. You have to continually work on it and answer questions, post listings etc. There are definitely buyers and seller out there that will find you on Trulia or any other real estate website but only if work at it.
Anyway, you should sell your strengths in public, and work on improving the other stuff in private. What are YOU particularly good at? If you're a good people person, then you should be out meeting people, telling them you're in real estate, telling them why they should be telling people about you!
The most successful real estate agents I know? Well, some of them blog, but all of them go out and meet people face-to-face.
Do you think you would enjoy answering all types of questions?
Do you have at least 5 hours a week to allocate on Trulia?
Do you understand this is a rather longer term marketing and it might take months before you get any business?
If you are looking to generate quickly a consistent flow of leads you might want to look at a different marketing/lead generation system.
I have looked at some realtors on here, then gone to their website. If I were to send an email from their own website how would they know I found them in trulia?
Just another factor to consider.