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John Vollmec…, Real Estate Pro in Chandler, AZ

Agents, are you aware that this site belongs to a real estate company, Windemere?

Asked by John Vollmecke, Chandler, AZ Tue Aug 12, 2008

Agents, why are we paying Trulia, the unbiased site? Do you know that they automatically use your ad to get the leads for Windemere? My listings that I paid extra for has Windemere's info all around my listing? Why would we continue to pay Windemere to let the ravings of some of these bloggers, put down realtors.? My husband, a realtor, says that one of us in the industry is going to get sued for the free advice.that you are putting out there. Agents, do not let Windemere take your leads as if it is their's

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Here is a press release for 3/08
HEADLINE: Windermere teams with Web site Trulia
CLOSING STATEMENT OF THE ARTICLE: Mike Fanning, executive vice president of Windermere Services, said ......."The whole goal of Trulia is to get (customers) to Windermere as fast as they can and to get them in contact with one of our agents," he said.


http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/353513_trulia04.html
Web Reference: http://www.lynn911.com
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Here's the entire press release:

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Seattle's largest real estate brokerage is teaming up with the listing Web site Trulia.

The San Francisco-based startup will be the exclusive national site for listings from Windermere Real Estate, which has more than 336 offices and 8,200 agents in 10 Western states and British Columbia. Windermere has declined to send listings to other sites, including Realtor.com, which is the nation's most-popular real estate Web site. It does feed listings to Google.

Under the new agreement, Windermere homes will appear as "Featured Listings," with the option of customized agent contact information, in the top three search results when consumers search for homes with matching criteria. Windermere also has bought the entire inventory for two banner advertising spots next to listings information in Washington and Oregon, and highly trafficked cities such as Salt Lake City, Sun Valley and Palm Springs.

Mike Fanning, executive vice president of Windermere Services, said his company chose Trulia because it allowed agents and customers more direct communication than other sites such as Realtor.com.

"The whole goal of Trulia is to get (customers) to Windermere as fast as they can and to get them in contact with one of our agents," he said.
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There's not a thing in it that states that Windemere now owns, or is an affiliate of Trulia!
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Alan May, Real Estate Pro in 60201
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Lynn,

I'm not saying that Mike's statement is in any way incorrect, however it is taken out of context in your post. Mike's statement in the press release is in reference to those customers who see a Windermere listing on our site. Mike certainly knows how our site works and was not indicating that every Trulia user should be directed to a Windermere agent.

Best Wishes,

Emily Gibson
Customer Service Representative
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WOW I will need to research somehow I thought Trulia and Google were together. My email address 911@lynn911.com update me with all keep me posted. I have read some post quite surprised an attorney who seeks newspaper fame has not filed action based on some slanderous comments I have read http://www.lynn911.com http://www.homes-for-sale-dallas.com
Web Reference: http://www.lynn911.com
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John I believe you have brought some great issues up attention of realtors on the site. I made attempts google search I thought I read on a blog few months back an agent & Trulia were sued of a comment made However I cant locate the article at this time I will keep searching google post direct link.
Web Reference: http://www.lynn911.com
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The point that is being missed here is that we are paying for featured listings and Windemere's ad's appear all around the listing with a questionaire directing them to a Windemere agent. I received an email from Emily stated that they will make sure that Windemere does not do that, that it has happened a few times. Anyone want a copy of her reply?. It's very carefully worded. I will save her reply.

Why are there disclaimers from Windemere on the website then?. You have to search for it.

I am taking this up with N.A.R. also, that this company allows bloggers to put down realtors. These bloggers go on and on, There is much slander on this site.

Realtors beware; someone is going to get sued. Your free advice is going to backfire one day.
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Emily ... I DID NOT take anything out of context in my post I cut and pasted directly from the article located via web search. Elvis cut and pasted the entire article had a direct link which mirrors exactly what I posted.
Web Reference: http://www.lynn911.com
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Emily , .......Are you stating the press release 3/08 is incorrect from Mike Fanning, executive vice president of Windermere Services http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/353513_trulia04.html
Read the statement made if so I believe that could be violation of the DTPA
Web Reference: http://www.lynn911.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 12, 2008
Hi John,

This post is simply not true. Here is an excerpt from an answer I posted in response to another one of your posts. I hope it clears things up.

'We are not affiliated with Windermere any more than we are with other franchises or web site vendors. Tons of franchises, brokers, agents, web site and virtual tour providers send us the 2.5 million listings that we have in our system and we are technically affiliated with each one.

Unfortunately, yesterday we found out the Windermere is mistakenly including some listings in their feed that are from the NWMLS and are not brokered by them. Our system is thus mis-attributing some listings to Windermere. However we have contacted Windermere and asked that they remove these listings from their feed as soon as possible and in the meantime we can manually block the listing information from Windermere for listings on an individual basis. I've actually located the listing of yours that was affected and blocked the Windermere information, and it should display correctly within approximately 24 hours when our site data is refreshed.'

Trulia's business model does not involve selling leads. Each of the listings we display, except in this case of error, link home-buyers back to the website of the listing franchise, agent, or broker.

Best Wishes,

Emily Gibson
Customer Service Representative
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