why do out of area agents answer questions that they know nothing about?

Asked by Homeowner, Contra Costa County, CA Wed Apr 22, 2009

Do they really think that people will use a spammer or an out of area person just spewing useless information?

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David Chambe…, , Saint Petersburg, FL
Wed Apr 22, 2009
What about useless questions?
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Alan May, Agent, Evanston, IL
Wed Apr 22, 2009
sorry... i just have to answer this question... from way over here in Chicago.

Not all questions about real estate are location specific. And those questions can be answered by an agent anywhere in the U.S. I don't answer questions because I think the questioner will then use me as their agent. It's more of an mental exercise for me.

Yes, some of the "answerers" are spamming... but many, like myself, are just trying to be helpful.

But specific questions, that deal in local state laws, or ask about local values (how much is my house worth)... should definitely be answered by local agents.
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Ken Ernst, , 95350
Wed Apr 22, 2009
I prefer to think that most agents are just trying to be helpful. There are general answers to many questions and, with that in mind, I just see Realtors trying to help. Personally, I don't think there are any "stupid" questions.
Ken Ernst
Coldwell Banker, Vinson Chase
Modesto, CA
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Rocky G.H. H…, Agent, Ripon, CA
Wed Apr 22, 2009
Hi Homeowner,

They try to get referrals. This provides out of state or city agents a small portion of income.

"Rocky" G.H. Hawrysz
Broker Associate, REALTOR®, e-Pro®, AB®
Prudential California Realty
Direct: 209-444-6610
Mobile: 209-915-6209
Fax: 209-433-2000
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Keith Sorem, Agent, Glendale, CA
Thu Apr 23, 2009
There are aspects of real estate that are not area-specific. Principals and standards that are widely accepted but not well-known.

I have read responses from local agents that (IMHO) seem to indicate that they might not have the same perspective as me. Sometimes it is good to hear other people's take on a "local" question.

I have also read posts by "out of area agents" that were much better than those posted by "locals".
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Thu Apr 23, 2009
The very thread of Trulia is it's usefulness to individuals as a true real estate resourse......this is not an attempt to down play your concern, but there are many "regular Pros" who are devoted to assisting others by sharing from their experiences regardless of boundaries.

The key is that posters both know and undersatnd their limitations and present only worthwhile information.

Thank you for your post..........
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Grace Hanamo…, Agent, Cupertino, CA
Wed Apr 22, 2009
Hello and thanks for you question.

Actually, I answer a lot of questions both in my area (Santa Clara County) as well as other areas of California and across the country. As Alan (below) noted, a lot of questions are not area or location specific, and anytime we can help, you'll find a Trulia "Voices" community member lending a hand. I'm not trying to build a referral business or "spamming", but simply attempting to be useful.

Thanks for asking!!

Grace Morioka, SRES, e-Pro
Area Pro Realty
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Homeowner, Home Buyer, Contra Costa County, CA
Wed Apr 22, 2009
Useless questions are ok. But seriously, why would an agent in North Carolina answer a question about homes in Modesto. Like I'm really going to ask him for a referral in this area.
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