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ActiveRain QuestionsHi Everyone,

Active Bob and I were chatting today about ActiveRain (as we do most days). 

It turns out that ActiveRain actually has a Questions & Answers section, which is hard to find.  But the pages rank very highly in Google for Real Estate Questions

Consumers are asking questions, but there are very few real estate professionals answering the questions (since it is hard to find the section).

Has anyone answered consumer questions on ActiveRain?  Why or why not?  Did you know this area existed?  Would you be more active if we improved our questions area?  Anyone generate a lead by answering questions on ActiveRain, Trulia or Zillow or another site?

Click here to visit the section:

http://activerain.com/action/question/list_questions

Niki

 

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Virginia Hepp
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Don't lesson the quality of AR with it.

I remember it on Localism pages, I never answered any, only remember one question for Mesquite.  I do remember that I thought it was pretty spammy, some questions, lot of answers.  Anyone could write a "question" - -

Q. Broker Courtesy: range $1,090,000 to $1,150,000 290 Deer Court, Incline Village, Nevada 89451 Be a Nevada resident this year and enjoy Paradise both summer and winter. Live the Tahoe dream in a gated community with freestanding luxurious Zahler built homes. Over 2,700 sq. feet of elegance will greet you in "the best home in Deer Creek", 4 bedrooms with 2 master suites, 4.5 baths with Jacuzzi tub and steam shower, 2 fireplaces or alternatively 3 bedrooms, family room, kitchen master dining area beauty with $100,000 of upgrades including faux paint, beautiful granite counters, lighted cabinets, etched windows, stained glass door and matching window, upgraded Kitchenaid appliances, Themodore cook top, a grand deck overlooking a natural mountain fed stream. For the practically minded a laundry room, central vacuum, work bench, garage cabinets, storage area and an oversize 2 car garage. Five minutes from Diamond Peak our local ski area and within walking distance to the Incline Recreation Center,the Championship golf course and only two blocks through the Village Green to Lake Tahoe's Incline Beach. (775) 832-7006

-- I guess the answer he wanted was, 'OK, I will buy it!'

June 05, 2011 04:06 PM
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Christine Smith
Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA
Buyers Brokers Only LLC - www.BuyersBrokersOnly.com

I had no idea about this! Thanks for letting us know.  It would be good if at some point you could add something where we could sign up for an email alert when a new question was asked in our area.

June 05, 2011 10:16 PM
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Aida Pinto
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United Associated Brokers

 

I used to go on that Q & A section when I first joined back in 2008 but I got busy in the last part of  2009 and 2010 with short sales, when I came back it was gone.....or I thought it was gone....I’m glad that it’s still around.....why did they hide it?  I’ll go to it right now....thanks for letting me know.

June 07, 2011 01:06 AM
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Margaret Woda
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Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Crofton, MD 21114

Yes, I have answered questions there, but I stopped doing so because I usually got so annoyed when I visited the site.  I find myself correcting incorrect answers by agents from other states who have different laws, and spending more time trying to figure out how to do that in a professional manner than it would normally take to simply answer the question. 

I really do think there should be some kind of filter which prevents out-of-state agents from answering questions.  Another idea might be for agents to subscribe to the Q&A section, sort of like we can for referrals, and receive notices when someone asks a question in our state - just like we get notices when there's a local referral.  I also think there should be a standard disclaimer on the answer (because some agents give answers they shouldn't) that:

1) This answer is the opinion of the author, and it should not be construed as legal advice; and

2) This answer is not intended to solicit the listing of any other broker.

June 07, 2011 10:55 AM
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I kind of remember it but....it's foggy.  I don't even know where it is at this point.  What would help the BananaTude group is being able to mass email them.  It's never worked and I keep hoping you all get it fixed so we can communicate.  Thanks!

June 07, 2011 08:57 PM
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