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Asked by Dan Eshleman, 15904 Fri Feb 22, 2008

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Alan May, Agent, Evanston, IL
Fri Feb 22, 2008
Dan, it's anonymous.... but I can imagine it's from Realtors... Trulia's guidelines suggest that since you already have your contact information on your profile, that if someone's interested, they'll contact you through your profile... stating " contact me offline, so we can discuss it privately is considered soliciting and crass.
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Fri Feb 22, 2008
It is anonymous unfortunately.
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Tman, , 30642
Mon Feb 25, 2008
JR,

Denial is not a river in Egypt ...

>>> "I don't think you see many New Jersey agents giving property values to consumer in Georgia"

Careful, you're going to put your one good eye out waving that chainsaw around .. If you want to be more specific, it's a New Jersey agent giving values in Florida and New York and a 150 others, you'd have to have cataracts and a bad limp with a wooden leg to miss it ..l.o.l.. .. no matter, it goes on all the time - so there's no exaggeration about it.

>>>>> There was an Agent from California that "answered" a question about property values in Western PA ..

... ooop's that must be a mistake ....

http://www.trulia.com/voices/Using_Trulia/What_do_pros_think…

We need to get you something for that high blood pressure .l.o.l.. I certainly don't have anything against real estate agents, never have, never will -- but I do have an issue with bad information to the consumer. ... remember you do it everyday .. they do it every 10 or 15 years whether they need it or not.

And yes, consumers are aware - very aware on how the board works, just because they don't post doesn't mean they're not reading .. Edmunds gets 5,000 posts a day, but 300,000 readers - somebody is reading and not writing .l.o.l...

It's okay JR, I still love ya ..wooden leg and all ..... ;^))
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J R, , New York, NY
Sun Feb 24, 2008
Tman, I don't think you see many New Jersey agents giving property values to consumer in Georgia. You exagerrate more than a little bit because you don't like real estate agents. Many consumers don't return. I think many consumers aren't really aware of how this message board works, and many many people are not like real estate agents, who spend a lot of their time in front of a computer. A consumer asks a question and the next day when they remember to look that question is on the 3rd page. Rather than agents giving thumbs down to other agents who don't agree with them, I think there are certain posters who surface from time to time, who like to give thumbs down for whatever reason. I think the whole TU/TD voting is stupid.
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Tman, , 30642
Sun Feb 24, 2008
>>>>> "I still question why I see people from 3,000 miles away answering a question related to something 2 miles from me when it deals with "Why are prices......"



You're the 5th person to question this activity in the last 8 weeks(?) ...

You need to get used to it ..l.o.l.. see, if you don't agree with every agent on every issue on the board (right or wrong) you're going to get that little thumb thing - it's become a popularity contest, not an information site ... why do you think consumer postings are lower and lower.? .. if nothing else it's 2 posts and they don't return because they get hammered by 8 different agents from 6 different parts of the country ...

.. You couldn't use a better example ... you have agents that work in New Jersey that give property values to consumers living in Georgia, you have agents that work out of LA that drop home inspector advice to consumers in Ohio, etc etc ... no wonder they don't come back.

Great question though, lets see how many returns you get...


:^)
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Stacey A. Ma…, , Westfield, MA
Fri Feb 22, 2008
Hi Dan, and to add to the answers below, I will occasionally answer a question from out of my area if it is clear that no one else has noticed the question. I always preface my answer with "I am not in your area", but my answer will move the old question up in line, making it more likely that an agent from the actual original posters area will see it and respond with more specific details. Also, it lets the person posting the question know that we received the question and are not deliberately ignoring them. Stacey
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Pam Winterba…, Agent, Danville, VA
Wed Feb 27, 2008
Dan.....

Feedback is anonymous. You can get a TD for asking for individuals to contact you direct as it is felt as "self promoting". There are many time it is very difficult to figure out why this happend.
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Carol Andres…, , Pittsburgh, PA
Tue Feb 26, 2008
Dan,
I'm thinking that your comments are about me. If you read my profile, you would see that I am licensed in both California and Pennsylvania. I have done business in your area, I am a homeowner in Western PA and I am qualified to answer that person's question.

I do agree that it can often be more beneficial for a local agent to answer a local question when it comes to local customs, pricing, etc. It can become quite frustrating and confusing for the person asking the question when they get answers from out of the area that may or may not be applicable.
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J R, , New York, NY
Mon Feb 25, 2008
JR,

Denial is not a river in Egypt ...

>>> "I don't think you see many New Jersey agents giving property values to consumer in Georgia"

Careful, you're going to put your one good eye out waving that chainsaw around .. If you want to be more specific, it's a New Jersey agent giving values in Florida and New York and a 150 others, you'd have to have cataracts and a bad limp with a wooden leg to miss it ..l.o.l.. .. no matter, it goes on all the time - so there's no exaggeration about it.
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Tman, I don't read every thread. I haven't seen a lot of agents giving information about areas they are not familiar with. I've seen agents give opinion on inspections: yes, you should have one. That's good advice in any state. I've also seen agents say "'I'm not in your state, but in XX whatever". I've seen agents just post "contact me at xxx-xxx-xxxx". I usually report that, it's spam.
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Keli DiRisio, Agent, Victor, NY
Mon Feb 25, 2008
Hi Dan. I too received a TD, and I can't figure out why. I answered a question with pretty much the same answer as others. I think there should be a way to see who is rating and why. I figure "to each his (or her) own" and that is it. But it would be helpful if the TD person would contact us with their reasons for it.
Or maybe they figured your answer was better than theirs so they slammed a TD on it! : )
keli
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Ute Ferdig, Agent, Newcastle, CA
Sun Feb 24, 2008
Hi Dan. As others have already mentioned. It's anonymous. My take on TUs without comment is that they are cowardly and I would not give them any weight. I personally think that some Trulians are a little bit too touchy on the subject and quick to hand out TDs. I think consumers can handle an offer to help offline. It's really simple. They just don't take you up on the offer. The question regarding answering questions outside of the market has been discussed a lot of this forum and I think it depends on the question. If it's specific to the market you are in, an agent from even just 100 miles away may not have valuable input, but some questions are more generic and input from agents all over the country can be of interest if they are accompanied by the appropriate disclaimers. One of the things that I personally enjoy about Trulia is learning how things are done in other parts of this country.
All the best.
Ute Ferdig
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Mike Kelly A…, Agent, Santa Rosa, CA
Sun Feb 24, 2008
Dan, Don't worry about it. You can't do anything about it. If you wish to participate in this forum "dems da rules!" As long as they have the "First to Answer" category (why I DO NOT KNOW!!) you'll have agents commenting on questions of which they have NO clue. Soldier on or move on. I'm not giving you a TU OR a TD.
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Kathy Carter, , Bergen County, NJ
Sun Feb 24, 2008
Dan I think it's just one of those things. Everyone has an opinion and this forum allows them to express it. I say don't sweat the small stuff and keep on moving!
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