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Sylvia Barry,…, Real Estate Pro in Novato, CA

Distinguish Real Estate PRO Categories

Asked by Sylvia Barry, MAS, CIPS, SRES, Novato, CA Sat May 31, 2008

I asked this of Trulia before, but thought we can revisit this now that there are many more participants on Trulia than before and I will ask this question again -

Do you think Trulia should further distinguish Real Estate PROs by profession? such as Realtor, Mortgage Broker, Appraiser, Architect, Title and Escrow, Contractor, Developer, etc?

Answers can/will be viewed differently when we know what the true expertise lies.

Thanks for your input/vote.
Sylvia

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Chirs, Sylvia, and all,

There are consumers who sometimes make statements, as if such are factual, when these are completely and totally inaccurate. I am differentiating between the expression of onion and that which is portrayed as fact. The expression of opinion is the right of all.

While it would be impossible for Trulia to require "non-pros" to substantiate their credibility, if the pros had more details and definition in their profiles, it might help the public determine the value of their answers, and decipher fact from fiction. Yes, I know that some members of the public grant minimal credibility to Realtors or other pros. Frankly, I am baffled why those people would come and spend time on Trulia. My concern is the member of the public who gets duped by frivolous babble, not realizing that the particular poster has no factual basis for their claims. While regular members might pick up upon this, the person who found Trulia yesterday will not.

In summary, thanks again to Sylvia for bringing this good idea back to the forefront. There is truth to her statement that ...

>>Answers can/will be viewed differently when we know what the true expertise lies.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 4, 2008
Deborah Madey, Real Estate Pro in Red Bank, NJ
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Hey Sylvia,

You are right - having more detailed PRO categories can add a lot of value. We are definitely looking into it

we will keep you posted on the progress
vicky (from trulia)
2 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 2, 2008
Sylvia.....

Great idea and I would second that motion.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 1, 2008
Pam Winterba…, Real Estate Pro in San Ramon, CA
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Yes, I think they need to differentiate professions. I am in real estate industry for over 8 years, but I'm not selling properties... Trulia gives only choices to be a Seller/Buyer or a Real Estate Pro. Of course I'm trying to never give advice about something I don't know and I don't pretend to, so I only participate in the areas where I can contribute.
BTW, (not trying to #%# in someone's pool), I have a hobby site of my own (ibsteam.net), where I recently opened Q&A section, and solved the same problem by adding a number of professions that people can choose from, and also added a custom title field where people can write their own titles instead of the pre-set ones.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 6, 2008
Hi all,

Special hello to Sylvia....and you, too...Ute....as I haven't seen either of you around too often in recent times. Good to see you here.

Sylvia, I do recall when you mentioned this before. It was a good idea then, and has gotten even better now. As participation on Voices grows, the merit of such increases.

I have frequently tried to search for prior posts and usually end up throiwing in the towel. Advanced searching, saving, or categories for prior posts would be helpful, too. i.e. I might recall something that a Voices member wrote a long while back, with a desire to provide a link to it, but I can't page through 100++ pages to find it.

Deborah
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 2, 2008
Deborah Madey, Real Estate Pro in Red Bank, NJ
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Hello Sylvia. Yes, I would be in favor of that . I would also like to see a "my favorite posts" type folder where you can retrieve posts that you liked. Many times I know that I read an answer that I liked, but can't find it later and having a place to store the answers in your account would be helpful.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 2, 2008
Ute Ferdig -…, Real Estate Pro in Newcastle, CA
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Yes, I agree to the different designations.
Web Reference: http://www.homelantern.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 2, 2008
I think that it would be useful to make those distinctions.
Web Reference: http://getprequalified.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 2, 2008
Yes, I think that would be very helpful. Excellent thought.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 2, 2008
Alan May, Real Estate Pro in 60201
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Sylvia,
That's a very good idea.
Web Reference: http://www.cimpler.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat May 31, 2008
ARTUR URBANS…, Real Estate Pro in Burlingame, CA
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Hi All -

Thanks for the input. And, thanks, Ute, for suggesting the favorite posts folder - If Trulia ever get around to do that, it would be nice if we can define our sub folders/categories. I suspect I will have many favorite posts in there.

Sylvia
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 2, 2008
Sylvia Barry,…, Real Estate Pro in Novato, CA
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