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Rachel,  in 98155

why are realtors and lenders asking questions as if they don't already know the answer?--

Asked by Rachel, 98155 Sat Nov 3, 2007

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maybe I am beating a dead horse but I side with the response you got about trying to build their own numbers. While on this road I cannot stand the one line answers that are given that are aobvious about doing nothing but building numbers such as "you have gotten some good answers here, I agree" that drives me crazy. But what is worse is when answers are given to questions that were asked MONTHS ago. It is like they dig for the easy quesitons that have had 300 answers and were asked 6 months ago to do nothing more that give them a higher rating.......sorry and thanks for letting me vent!!!

Linda J Sears
3 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Nov 4, 2007
Inspired by this question, Laurie Manny's complaint about out of staters answering questions outside of their expertise, and the frustration of seeing the diminishing quality of Voices posts by many of the regulars, as their quantities increase...

I will be posting a new thread later today :

:" Can we self police Trulia Voices or will that lead to vigilantism and flame wars?"
2 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Nov 4, 2007
Jim Walker, Real Estate Pro in Carmichael, CA
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I don't agree with Jim's analogy of FEMA being innocent broadcaster's of needed disaster information by holding a "fake" news conference. FEMA held this "fake" conference to avoid the hard scutiny and tough questions borne by incompetence in their handling of Katrina. But Jim is right as this forum sometimes becomes a rubber stamp of NAR propaganda.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Nov 4, 2007
I don't mind them asking the questions to promote discussion and awareness from others. I do mind them being the first to answer their own questions.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Nov 3, 2007
One thing I did not cover in my previous post is that when "Trulia Voices" began in the spring 2007, thousands of questions were "posed" by pros and Trulia staff to kick start the forum.

Please avoid those old questions.

They are no longer needed as there are plenty of real consumers on Trulia today.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Nov 3, 2007
Jim Walker, Real Estate Pro in Carmichael, CA
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I don't know which question prompted your post. I do know that I have seen RE Pros do this when they are looking for consensus and validation, particularly when such might help them in discussions w/ their clients. It doesn't bother me when I see these types of questions posted by RE Pros, if the thread contains info that is beneficial to the public. I do not become antagonized by Q&A that is only beneficial to the trade, but I strongly prefer to see the threads be limited to info which helps consumers. When a RE Pro introduces a topic that helps them w/ their clients, I can see where the same may help me w/ mine. That's my two cents, and only my personal opinion. My opinions are not reflective of Trulia goals or guidelines.
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Deborah Madey, Real Estate Pro in Brick, NJ
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I may not post questions or answers often, but I have learned a great deal by reading the questions and answers on this site every day. Even some of the most basic questions have sparked interesting discussions and interpretations that I would never have thought of.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 5, 2007
Same reason that FEMA officials posed reporter style questions at a faux news conference last week.
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.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Nov 3, 2007
Jim Walker, Real Estate Pro in Carmichael, CA
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Are you referring to questions asked on this forum? If you are, it is to expand your horizons and knowledge base. It's to see how other parts of the country do things. To help train new people.

If you are referring to dealing with a client, it is to draw out their knowledge to see what or how much they understand.
Ruth
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Nov 3, 2007
Ruthless, Other/Just Looking in 60558
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Carol,
Please to hear your comments. Do participate! I read your profile, and I bet you have much to add. Curious about the PA and CA licenses. I look forwad to reading your posts.
Regards,
Deborah
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 5, 2007
Deborah Madey, Real Estate Pro in Brick, NJ
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Good question. Sometimes to stimulate a discussion, to hear themselves talk, to raise their numbers....we can all guess on some of these.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Nov 3, 2007
Pam Winterba…, Real Estate Pro in Danville, VA
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I think folks do it also to build their numbers for top voices....call me cynical.....
Web Reference: http://www.cindihagley.com
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The Hagley G…, Real Estate Pro in Pleasanton, CA
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