"Best Answer" on Trulia . . . Thanks To My Market Report

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Best Answer on Trulia . . . thanks to my AR Market Report . . . well . . . and my answer Teaching Real Estate Teaching Portland Real Estate

A few posts ago, I wrote about not answering ALL Trulia questions.  Why I Don't Answer ALL Trulia Posted Questions

The other day responded to a question on Trulia because it was a good one.  "CJ" wanted to know if the lull in inventory, the 'thin pickings', had to do with the time of year.

I chimed in, and added a market report I had done on Active Rain a few weeks earlier . . . Portland Housing Market Review October 2011

My report WITH GRAPH showed how listings (current actives) were down in the Metro Portland market by almost 25% . . . comparing Oct. '10 to Oct. 11 active listing, pendings and closed sales.

In the Trulia answer, I mentioned the market report was done for the month of October . . . not the start of the 'slow season.'  So, while "CJ" may be noticing the slim pickin's  . . . it wasn't "seasonal" -- we are down almost 25% in inventory in the Metro Portland market in October.

To my surprise, not only was my answer given the BEST ANSWER, but I received a lovely email:

Hello Carla,
You answered a question of mine on Trulia about home inventory in southwest PDX. I really liked your answer because it seemed like you were trying to inform. The data you offered was directly related to my question. My wife and I will not be ready to buy for another 12 to 18 months, but we plan to fill that time with educating ourselves. We are data and intuition driven and take our time with big purchases. We are looking for a realtor with the heart of a teacher. If you enjoy teaching people and don't mind a slow sale, please let me know so I can put you on our shortlist of agents with whom we'd like to work. xxxxxxxx and xxxxxxx got similar emails because all of you seem to have a spark of teacher in you. Happy Holidays!  CJ
Thank you.

I share this with you NOT TO BRAG.  I didn't sign them up as buyer clients, as you'll note these folks aren't buying right yet.  I just wanted to acknowledgethat there are people, consumers, potential clients who LIKE to be INFORMED . . . not "sold to" as most answers on Trulia are more about "oh, pick me, pick me."  YAWN.

If I get nauseated with reading "Oh, you just moved here from WHEREVER.  WOW, my sister has a friend who's mother lives in WHEREVER!  I would love to help you," then PEOPLE, CONSUMERS, POTENTIAL CLIENTS get nauseated with it too!!

INCLUDE your ActiveRain market reports, blogs, and tie it all in . . . to INFORM and EDUCATE.  Consumers really like that!   

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Rainmaker
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Evelyn Kennedy
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA
Gallagher & Lindsey, Alameda, California

Carla:

You provide CJ with the information he wanted not just a bunch of statement that don't answer the question.  The fact that you had graphs to validate your answer was a plug.

December 11, 2011 04:22 PM
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Brenda Mullen
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Good deal Carla!  I actually got a "best answer" e-mail from Trulia the other day.  I had no idea what that meant, but it was kind of cool :)!  Anyway, one can tell that you have the heart of a teacher and truly look out for those buyers in the Portland area...they would be wise to pick you as their Realtor®!

December 11, 2011 04:24 PM
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Anna Banana Kruchten
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Carla you a one smart cookie! Excellent idea - Excellent.


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December 11, 2011 04:26 PM
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Cindy Jones
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News
Integrity Real Estate Group

Congratulations.  It's always nice to see the thumbs up on Truila.  I got an email this morning after I had answered a question from the person who had posted it thanking me for my quick and easy to understand answer.

December 11, 2011 04:28 PM
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Cathy McAlister
Sacramento DRE#00648507
Cathy Ashley McAlister, GRI CDPE - Broker / Sacramento

Carla, It will be interesting to see you write about them next year.  Sounds like they just might be following up with you when they are ready.   

December 11, 2011 04:48 PM
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Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner
Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time

Hi Evelyn . . .yes, the graph was a nice plus / plug ;-)

Hey Brenda -- thanks so much for the comments, and congrats on your "Best Answer" too

Hi Anna B. . . . thanks for the feature!!  I didn't think about using my market reports to answer Trulia questions until that answer.  But it makes sense.

Hey Cindy -- that was very nice to hear from the person posting to thank you!!  That's nice.

Hi Cathy . . . oh, that would be a nice post, indeed.  I'm sure these folks lovely.  You can, truly, get a sense.  They seem very polite!!

 

December 11, 2011 05:28 PM
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Greg Nino
Houston, Texas
RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP

Oh you should brag. That's an awesome example of working online. It feels good to get compliments and feedback like that. Way to go!

December 11, 2011 05:31 PM
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Linda Urbick
San Ramon, CA Homes for Sale - 925.415.3046
Keller Williams Realty

Carla - I have had some of the same responses by just answering questions with information the person asked about - not "call me and I'll give you the info". Being helpful and sharing our knowledge will always come back on a positive note to us.

December 11, 2011 09:36 PM
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Marge Piwowarski
Phoenix AZ Horse Property, LLC
Phoenix AZ Horse Property

Carla,  Maybe the rest of us will have to brag for you.  I believe that is the way it should work.  You Rock.  And Teach.

 

December 11, 2011 09:53 PM
Rainmaker
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Ruthmarie Hicks
Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605

I stopped posting on Trulia a  looong time ago.  Too many people just using it as a way to catch people in their net...and they aren't exactly subtle or deft about it....more like "Call ME....PLLLLLLEEEAAAASEEEE call ME!"

December 11, 2011 11:27 PM
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Brett Reichel
MLO 210215
Pacific Residential Mtg., LLC - NMLS 1477 / WA CL-1477

Carla -

Great answer - nice post. 

Brett

December 12, 2011 12:34 AM
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Bryan Robertson
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Catarra Real Estate, Inc

It's always nice to be recognized for your expertise, especially in a public forum.  Any time you can get that recognition it's a good thing.

December 12, 2011 10:10 AM
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Maria Morton
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758
BHG Real Estate - Kansas City Homes

Carla, I agree with you. When answering questions on Trulia and Zillow, just give useful information. That's what people want. Imagine you are the person asking; what would you want - a sales pitch or an answer that helps you understand? That's what I do and that's probably why a lot of my answers get the 'Thumbs Up'.

December 12, 2011 01:09 PM
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Judith Sinnard
The SMARTePLAN Lady
SMARTePLANS; Houston, Texas

Excellent, excellent, excellent. Forward-thinking consumers are online pre-thinking their needs waaaaay before they show up on any agent's radar.  They are online because they want to become educated about the process --- so individuals (like yourself) who communicate meaningful, verifiable data vs. unsupported opinion go to the head of the line, or in this case, top of the class, Teach! (PS.. LOVE the graphic!)

December 12, 2011 01:50 PM
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Kwee Huset
Venice Florida Homes For Sale
Kwee Huset Realty

Carla, thanks for sharing your good news, it encourage those agents who didn't get any call or lead yet. Yes, most consumers like to be informed.

December 13, 2011 10:10 PM
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