I perused the posted RE Pro questions of several top voices on Trulia, particularly those who have been with Trulia for a while. Focusing only on the month of May, I found several questions that fell into the category of a RE Pro asking â€œconsumer questions.â€ There were also a lot of thumbs up for those questions. Threads were frequently lively and informative. These questions came from some of the best contributors and bloggers in the industry, and some of our industryâ€™s best Realtors. Perhaps the motive of their post wasnâ€™t always that they needed help, but rather worthwhile contribution to Trulia and its readers.
Breaking out a separate forum for RE Pros is a possibility, but poses itâ€™s own set of complications and confusion. As I perused a random sampling of RE Pro posted questions from May, I struggled with which side of the fence certain questions would be categorized. While certain samples were very clear cut, others were tough calls. What happens when someone chooses the wrong camp, and according to whose judgement call? Closing the RE Pro section to the public denies public access to valuable content. Maintaining separate forums with both open to the public may cause consumers and RE Pros alike to blur the two at times. If you did that, and found a lot of consumers reading and/or interacting on the RE Pro forum, it might indicate the split was never necessary.
Personally, I am fine with whatever decisions Trulia makes, and will be happy to abide by the rules. If I fail to understand, or forget to read a rule, simply let me know, and I will be happy to make changes accordingly. I will keep an eye for new announcements on the matter.