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Yanoska Diaz, Agent, Miami, FL
Sat Mar 2, 2013
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Wow, Mary Beth! I see you made it to VIP 2. It is great Trulia provides us with the opportunity to be at the top of the list and this is one of them.
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Debra (Debbi…, Agent, Livingston, NJ
Sat Mar 2, 2013
Mary Beth - not only pizza......... but soda and cake..... a big chocolate cake in the shape of a "T"!

OK, I ramble so here goes!................

Interestingly enough, for those who are newer here, a number of years ago........when I started posting on trulia .....there was no such thing as "VIP" levels....only the paid orange Pro badge.....they didn't even sell zip codes back then....those of us who posted did so because we liked doing it.....there was no "reward" involved, or carrot dangled to get you to work on obtaining a higher "rating".

Points weren't thought of because they didn't exist!

When the VIP program was initiated, those who had been posting here had a head start, true, although I really don't recall how it was calculated.

But.......I have been here for years........and the benefit I have seen has nothing to do with VIP or badges.......it is simply by adding value to responses.

I don't think you need to be a VIP for consumers to notice you and respect your contributions.
They ARE looking, and watching and forming opinions.

Just an aside and to encourage you to keep posting substance instead of quantity (although I can tell those on this thread do post quality!)......I was contacted last year by someone living in Shanghai who was looking to move back to NJ......they needed a short term rental. The consumer saw me here - then (she told me this) she checked out my profile and website and other contributions. She then, based on her assessment of me, reached out . I assisted her and her husband in finding an 8 month rental............within the next year I not only sold them a house close to $600,000, but also wound up listing the rental home they had been in, and selling it myself ( for 565,000).
Yu just never know!
All of that business was generated by someone's positive impression of me......... by simply offering help (and I don't usuallly "do" rentals) and being responsive to their needs.
VIP levels had nothing to do with it.

There are a lot of VIP status peope, whose contributions are not that valuable (imho)...........so.it's my belief that.content and substance win out over quantity.

Just my 2 cents.

For those who wondered why VIP 3 is the highest - just a bit of history here - when most would think level #1 could/should represent the highest level.....trulia's explanation back then was that in the future they could retain the right to increase the levels and add some more "incentives" to reach yet even higher levels.....maybe one day there will be levels 4,5, 6 !

I hope not, because I think this VIP thing has caused a lot of useless responses to be posted by those whose only goal is obtain points.

Ok, I am done!! haha


By the way - to help all of you along on your quest for points............thumbs up for everyone here (although you can only get 1 pt per thread, in case you didn't know that!

Good luck everyone!
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Yanoska Diaz, Agent, Miami, FL
Sun Mar 3, 2013
Thumbs up for everyone! I better be getting that chocolate cake soon, don't play with me like that, do they order special made from Godiva?

Debbie, that was some lovely testimony, thanks for sharing and educating.

I don't know about you kids but I got to go home shopping, all Trulia leads btw. Wish me Happy Selling!!
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Scott Miller, Agent, Boca Raton, FL
Sat Mar 2, 2013
I think there's a bug on this feature. If you are responsible for both sides of the transaction, it won't allow you to put in your own email or verify. How does that work on deals where you're both buyer/seller agent?
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good question!
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Russ Ravary, Agent, Commerce Township, MI
Sat Mar 2, 2013
I don't know about this feature can you explain it more
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Judi Monday,…, Agent, Green Valley, AZ
Sat Mar 2, 2013
I'm continually surprised by the number of agents that don't use Trulia to build their business. I suppose that's why Trulia implemented this sold feature to encourage more agents to get involved with it.
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Connie Mitch…, Agent, South Padre Island, TX
Thu Feb 28, 2013
Many agents do not use Trulia. Don't they have to set up an account to veryify? If so, many do not want to take the time to do so. I personally love Trulia and beleive they are getting my "product" out to the people with some excelant tools.
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Yanoska Diaz, Agent, Miami, FL
Mon Feb 25, 2013
I posted 35 sold properties got 3 verified, it is exhausting after a while, I quit.
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Linda S. Cef…, Agent, Franklin, WI
Sun Mar 3, 2013
Thank you Debbie, I feel the same way about you. And it is nice to see a familiar face. Well, most familiar faces.........

I appreciate your kind words.

Not sure where everybody went. Haven't seen a Mayor in awhile, although I don't visit as often as I probably should.

Wishing all a peaceful and productive week ahead.
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Linda S. Cef…, Agent, Franklin, WI
Sun Mar 3, 2013
Hi Debbie Rose,

Good to see you again. I have to agree on the points myself. Been here many years and worked diligently to reach my top point standing once they instituted it. Then they changed the point system and I lost a lot of points because of it. I argued that moving the line when you are TW0 points from reaching it is not the best idea. But..........I moved on.

I did finally reach the VIP level and again I was only a few points away- it was either 8 or 12 - from reaching VIP level 3. This time Trulia was having issues with many agents losing their points. They still have not returned my points or straightened out the mess. Nevertheless, I continued on.

Today I do not have a VIP rating because I lost so many of my earned points that it dumped me back to square one.

However, Debbie makes a great point. It isn't how often you post and it isn't about the VIP status either. It is about the quality of your post. I received many referrals due to the content of my posts - just closed another one a couple of months ago. I'm here to help people the best I can and if that earns me a badge? well.........so be it. If not, so be it.
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Yanoska Diaz, Agent, Miami, FL
Sat Mar 2, 2013
I didn't think you were ;)
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Debra (Debbi…, Agent, Livingston, NJ
Sat Mar 2, 2013
Thanks for the clarification Yanoska - I dont pay attemtion to points, so I didn't know that.

I just wanted to post some closed sales for informational purposes....didn't bother to add any agent verification details.
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Yanoska Diaz, Agent, Miami, FL
Sat Mar 2, 2013
If you represented both Buyer and Seller you will only get 100 point as you cannot verify your own, if you were only one part of the transaction you will request the other agent to verify, if they do you get another 100 points.
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Debra (Debbi…, Agent, Livingston, NJ
Sat Mar 2, 2013
Scott - I just checked, and you CAN post a sale of your own listing....I just did it .....take another look!
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Debra (Debbi…, Agent, Livingston, NJ
Sun Mar 3, 2013
Hi Linda - nice to see you!

You'll always be a VIP to me!!! You're also are one of the agents I'd refer someone to if I ever had the chance!

Your advice and professionalism, always stand out, and I am not surprised that you get frequent referrals from your presence here and the content you share!

Al the best!

ps...yep - I do remember the growing pains here - bumps along the way - the quick roll out of some new programs - some of which upset a lot of agents - or made no sense........and the loss of points - the revamping of spam policies to appease agents (imo)...........hmmm....I wonder how the "Mayor thing has worked out?? haha ( to you newbies who don't know what I mean - Trulia, with great fanfare, annointed 5 or 6 hand selected agents as "Mayors" - yes , we have Mayors - most of which - aren't even active here anymore)!
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Linda S. Cef…, Agent, Franklin, WI
Sun Mar 3, 2013
p.s. Does anyone remember when we would answer a question on one page and the system would dump our response to an entirely different question. Those were the days.
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Debra (Debbi…, Agent, Livingston, NJ
Sun Mar 3, 2013
Happy Selling Yanoska!

In regard to the chocolate - if Trulia's quarterly earnings are high, then it's Godiva for sure......otherwise, just Hershey's!

:)
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