I can't think of a less useful way to respond. If I see that type of activity increase on Trulia, I'll stop using this board all together.
This is Emily from Trulia. I would like to point out that this practice is also against our Community Guidelines:
"NO COMMERCIAL POSTINGS OR ACTIVITY
You may not post URLs or content for the sole purpose of soliciting business."
Everyone using Trulia Voices should familiarize themselves with these guidelines so I've included a link below. Violation of these guidelines may result in the removal of your profile.
If you see a question or answer that abuses these guidelines don't hesitate to flag it.
Thanks for a great question Paul!
Customer Service Representative
Btw, before joining Trulia I had also looked on the forums of Zillow and this is the reason why I did not join Zillow--there was massive self-promotion, spam, and it was like trying to find a diamond in the rough just to see genuine questions, though I have to say there were some actual answers when you found the rare questions. Trulia is a much better forum for the exact reason that they pay attention, they try to filter through answers to make sure that spam does not occur, and they are always listening to agent and consumer feedback.
I appreciate your post Paul and I completely agree with you. I hope to hear more opinions from some non-agents as well! Thanks!
I'm 9 days late on this answer--and unfortunately only one non-agent responded--but I've been cruising around the insides of Trulia, and came across an internal Trulia blog with "Agent Best Practices." I find it far more illuminating the the "General Guidelines" referred to by Emily. I am reviving this post in the hope that all REALTOR in the Voices Community will take the time to check it out...
I am very glad to see your "question/statement". It seems that Trulia Voice was overrun recently by a flood of self serving questions and answers. I welcome your idea of self-policing by professionals. There is a lot of good information and, unfortunately, a lot of not so good as well. I asked Megan to help me to understand key objectives Trulia is trying to achieve with Trulia Voice. I cannot figure it out by reading questions posted by "Trulians". Trulia tried to seed questions but, either their plan, or implementation seem to be failing. The need clear objectives and quality control. We (professionals) can help by publishing "professional" conduct guidelines. It is in our best interest to be seen as professionals. I am willing to help.
Why I am supporting Trulia and willing to spend time to help them? Both Trulia and Zillow made our trade association â€“ National Association of Realtors and 900 MLS nation-wide concern that someone else might provide services â€œreservedâ€ for us, professionals. MLS started to change and adapt, something thy have not tried hard for years. And change is good for everyone, clients and professionals. You can also check my posts (link below): Who Started the Real Estate Revolution?
Note To Dezzy,
I just responded to your Princeton inquiry, and in that inquiry, I did say I could refer you to an agent. However, please know that such was not an empty outreach to seek a referral. My goal was not an opportunistic post; but a sincere recommendation to one particular outstanding agent. (She's not a broker, because she never went and took her test., and remains a sales assoicate vs. broker assoicate at the firm she works.) I don't servcie Princeton, but if you ever had any general questions about NJ, I would be happy to field the questions. I don't have market expertise or MLS access for Princeton.
When I sincerely have a reason to make a recommendation and believe it can be helpful for the buyer or seller, I will do that. I don't make empty outreaches for the sole search of oppty. I am assuming your frustration is with the latter and not with sincere recommendations to professionals with talent or useful knowledge in a given situation.
Dezzy, Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. Your post is much appreciated by all of us!
Note to Paul......
I, too, used to put my website URL out of ignorance. I no longer do that... It was an innocent mistake, and I corrected it. It no longer appears.