Buyers and sellers read your answers, and they will either perceive value or not. If they perceive value.. they like the way you handle yourself, and find that your responses fit their way of thinking, they might contact you. (or they might not)... they're fickle that way.
But you can't be on Trulia only for the purpose of attracting clients. Buyers and Sellers can "smell" that... they can sense that you're hungry, and pushing too hard.... just as during showings...a client can tell when you "need" the sale... they can smell the fear (of missing your mortgage payment). If your sole purpose of being on Trulia and answering questions is to gain clients... you might as well give up and concentrate your efforts elsewhere.
If your purpose for being here is networking, self-edification and enjoyment, then welcome aboard.
I have been on Trulia for a long time and I have had a lot fun answering questions here. I enjoy meeting PROs online, chat with them and learning about them via the Q and As, I feel like they are my good friends (O.K. if you guys don't feel the same, no need to tell me :-)); I learn a lot from them. I also learn a lot about consumers here, what they think, where they are, what they are looking for, what they want, How to help them, If I helped them; new industry knowledge, marketing ideas, Some friendly, some love you, some have preconceived ideas. some does not agree with anything you or any other PROs said,
But it's all a big learning, helping experience, and I have a great time here.
Did I receive any leads? I would have to say yes, A few said they saw me on Trula and liked what I represented, some said they'd contact me when and if they are ready.
But, ,I spent a lot of time on each and every question I choose to answer. I am not one of those who answers every questions just to get 'count' up. I try to give valuable and thoughtful answers. I also don't put on a lot of commercial about myself.
i love this saying - "If you Built It, They Will Come"
And they do, but you build it because you love, are passionate about and are great at the game, and it shows; not because you just want to have a stadium.
Judging by the way you posed your question, you must be new at real estate. If you are only in this business for instant money and monetary gratification, then you are in the wrong business. Real Estate is a RELATIONSHIP business. Yes, you will spend a lot of time with people who don't purchase. If you learn how to qualify buyers before you start showing them property, you will save yourself a lot of "wasted time" as you call it. What I mean by "qualifying a buyer" is not so much grilling them on their financials (you need to refer them to a lender for that) but you need to ask questions about their motivation and readiness to buy.
What you have to understand about a platform like Trulia is that this is Social Networking. You build your credibility as a professional by answering questions, submitting articles on your blog, being a member of sites like Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, etc, and networking.
You might not get direct leads from this platform, but the fact that you are active here, and helping consumers, will ultimately go a long way for you business. Share your knowledge and expertise, and you will be amazed at what you will receive, tenfold.
~Michelle Fradella, Broker
Pinnacle Real Estate Services
I had a "solicitation" call from a TruliaÂ® competitor just recently- trying to tell me that with all my answers- I must be wasting alot of time in front of the computer!
The time that is INVESTED here is well worth the effort. It is a learning experience and a place to NETWORK.
We sow what we plant.
You are not alone. I have not received any leads from answering questions as well. My spot light ad has been viewed 83,000+ times and to date I have not received a single call. I have listings on trulia as well but no calls or inquiries have been made.
Not sure why the site is not generating activity for you and I. It may just be the location we service.
I guess we need to be patient. After all, it is a slow market.
actualy I currently have 1 listing because a seller checked my profile out and called me to list their home ( well I still had to do a full presentation and all) but I listed the home. I am currently working a buyer who emailed about a listing I have on trulia. So it's worth it. Just remember that it takes a while.
As Michelle so accurately observed; yes, I a newbie realtor. I just got my license in June '07 and started my carreer in July '07. As my broker so accurately said to me one day in August '07, "Rich you have terrible timing", I wondered what he was talking about. He explained that I got into real estate at the worst possible time. In August '07 I really wasn't aware that it was the start of this bigh sub-prime financial catatastrophe that is unfolding before our eyes everyday. In retrospect I think he was quite right in that assessment of my timing.
It has been a frustrating 14-15 months. I tallied at the end of '07, 113 showings with one 1 sale and so far this year, even though I stopped tallying this stat. (it seemed too depressing), I would estimate a similiar number of showings with only 1 sale. Luckily I got a listing while on floor time and got it sold; so that brings me up to 3 transactions in about 15 months. I don't know what to make of this stat., doesn't sound to good. I temporarily gave up being a full time agent to work a j-o-b that wasn't dependent on a commission. I really like working with people and helping them, but, I just hope, like I'm sure you all do too, that someone will contact me and give me some business. I really haven't answered too many questions yet, I don't feel like I'm qualified enough, but, who knows someone may find my answers of some value. That's nice to know that I may have helped someone; I just wish someone would return the favor, if you know what I mean.