Linda J Sears
I will be posting a new thread later today :
:" Can we self police Trulia Voices or will that lead to vigilantism and flame wars?"
Please avoid those old questions.
They are no longer needed as there are plenty of real consumers on Trulia today.
The intention was to disseminate information that needed to get out to the public about the disaster assistance that would be made available and the steps that were being taken..
While that intention was understandable, the method that was used - a fake question and answer format - obscured the valuable disaster assistance information that was broadcast.
I concur with Rachels consternation at pros that "pose" their questions In this forum as if they are consumers.
So many have done this, that I try to avoid answering these posed questions. I often check the profile before I answer a question. For those Realtors and LO's that have done this, please don't do it again.
It makes the pro who is asking the set up question look unknowledgeable... when many agents / pros ask questions wearing the mask of a consumers naivette, it casts a lightweight shadow on our industry as a whole.
. I do caution that some posters do pick the category "pro" even if they are not actually agents or lenders. - Sometimes investors label themselves pros.
I think it is okay for a pro to ask questions to solicit opinions, or to find out how others address a situation.
I am an advocate of posting questions and answers as if some professor is going to be grading.
Compose your posts skillfully; use proper grammar, punctuation and spelling; pick your words carefully.
Ask and answer questions when doing so will expand the knowledge base; or at least be entertaining.
If you are referring to dealing with a client, it is to draw out their knowledge to see what or how much they understand.