I believe that if a client is interested in the answers a Realtor is providing, they will be able to check a Realtor's profile and decide whether they want to contact that specific Realtor. I have been contacted by quite a few home buyers and sellers about my answers durinig the year, so I don't think providing contact info is necessary other than some rare occasions when a poster specifically requested contact information.
Otherwise, all that contact information on answers will just cloud up the answers.
I agree, let the consistent answers speak for themselves.
I just spoke with a Trulia blogger & hope to be able to assist him with his property. If we didn't post our contact info, we could not get out of this loop and into a more personal relationship. I only give contact info when it may be of help & not on every Answer which i post. Additionally, i was able to refer a blogger to a colleague who is based closer to her area of need & will be happy if she is satisfied with his services, wihout any gain on my part!
The experts amongst us will continue to give value because that's what we do and we understand that this forum is about veracity, good discourse and authenticity.
I know I am not a Realtor, but I am an Investor always looking for opportunities in Real Estate. What I have found from recently joining Trulia is the same thing your talking about. Some are just out there to only gain business and not knowledge. Although, the reason why I love this website is because of the people who actually care about gaining and giving knowledge in their field of expertise. I have asked a few questions and the people that I want to contact are the ones who help me the most with my concern, not the ones who proclaim they are the best and I should call them to do business. I like what you are saying. This website proves that if we can all work together then we can all do better business. I may have made a few mistakes myself with questions but I am learning what Trulia is all about.... Gaining knowledge and then creating business relationships. Have a good day Pam!
That's my reason for being here.
I do see a lot of the "call me now...I can help" and in the HUGE state that is TX, I see a lot of people just fishing for referral fees off of people, which I find a bit disheartening, because although referral business is great for the financial end of things, I think that the web allows people to pull people away from a qualified Realtor, talk to them first and then send the referral on to the qualified agent, making quick and easy money just by being the first to answer a question (not that I've seen it happen directly, I just feel this is what is possible). I know that in my local area, there are several non-local Realtors answering questions...some are helpful, some I feel are just there to grab the referral or add to their "answers."
I'll be interested to see what you think of what I've had to say...