So is web reference a signature line?
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Okay, enough philosophy, time for some bashing. You have got to go read the forum Nina is talking about. It makes me understand why so many Realtors are anti FBSO. The lack of language skills are the worst I have ever encountered. THESE people think they can sell their own homes? How did they even ever manage to buy a home or get a job?
Now I'll comment on the below posts:
Deborah: My detective work started last year when my husband and a friend wanted to try and buy foreclosures. Luckily, we were NOT successful in buying any. But it taught me some extremely valuable skills when it comes to buying or selling a home. Before we bought one house, I discovered the owners had LPs on two rental properties and had built a million dollar home. The husband had lost his job after the contract fell through on the house we ended up buying. Talk about negotiating leverage.
For a Mich. rental property, I didn't do any research on until after the closing and I learned the seller was also from IL. He had an IRS lien on his IL properties. Had I known this before, we would not have bought the Mich property. On the HUD balance sheet was a multi-thousand dollar water bill. When we signed up for water they told us the guy knew the system and sent $5 every month. As soon as we closed, one tenant who had lived there for six years supposedly paying rent stopped paying and the other tenant moved out.
My current detective work is qualifying Open House attendees. It's amazing how much I have learned to know whether it's worth pursuing them or not.
Bridgette: Yes we need to FLAG them. The shocker was the spam was for Re_ltor.com. Now I refuse to give them a link or proper spelling. And I need to read the guidelines.
Steve & Heat...: It is a single person starting multiple bogus accounts. Unlike Charity the foreclosure person who asked and answered her own questions, these spammers have one identity asking a questions. Then they have two other identities that slam people who respond differently than the answer they want and promote the website or intended answer to the question. The next one them chimes in to agree. The humor is with both Charity and the Re_lty.com guy is that several people didn't give the answers they were expecting.
Sorry for the long post.
I too, missed this quick round of spamming. Good catch (Ruth too)! I advise that when we see such things, we flag the question and the "canned" answer BOTH as spam. Thumbs down too! The first person to catch it should also post "this is spam" so that the rest of us do not answer it unintentionally...
It is my understanding that the "web reference" line is to direct the questioner to outside information. It is not a "signature line"--surely it is not labeled as such! Many REALTORs do put their personal URL here, but repeated constant use in the manner is against Trulia guidelines... currently this small infraction is not policed... -
We all want more business. How we approach the use of this site is the real question.
You hit it solid. There was a string of 20 posts in rapid succession, all in which the answer was to go to Realtor.com or one of its affiliate sites to get assistance or information.
I have nothing against Realtor.com, and make reference to it myself in my posts, when appropriate. I am a paying customer with added features on Realtor.com.
The activity sems to have stopped now. Perhpas the poster, on their own or with help from Trulia decided it wasn't a good idea to do that. I doubt this was an official company move on the part of Realtor.com, but rather the decision of one individual.
We are all self promoters it is our job, If you are not doing your job you will not be in business to long
I can buy software that will rip through every question asked on Trulia, and give a answer.
Great question? check out this new site I just found. FSBOFORUM. for more answers.
Honestly if I cant do it or have enough self respect not to do it, no one else should either.
Jeanette pointed out to me earlier that it could only get worse, with the growth in popularity.