I came across something on our beloved network the other day that was a bit disconcerting.
Whenever I log onto ActiveRain, one of my regular habits is to access both the 'Referrals' and the 'Q&A' sections. Since I am only currently licensed in the State of Washington, I only respond to referrals and questions posted within my respective State.
Someone had left a question (I'm assuming that it was a 'consumer') regarding selling a property with mold issues.
Now I don't know about you, but here in the Pacific Northwest, mold issues can be pretty serious stuff, sometimes even life threatening. So it's not an issue to be taken lightly.
An AR member had already responded to the question and started their response by stating, "I'm not a real estate agent, but"....
Excuse me? What's wrong with this picture? Not only was this respondent not licensed within our State, but they weren't even qualified or experienced in the right field!
Why do people find it necessary to respond to questions that they have no right to answer? It seems to me that we do a tremendous disservice to our network and to valued consumers by offering up half-baked answers to their genuine, legitimate questions.
As such, allow me to make a couple of recommendations:
- If you're not licensed or regularly doing business within a particular State, DON'T respond to questions there.
- If the question subject matter deals with a topic/issue that is outside your area of expertise and knowledge, DON'T respond.
Now, granted, there are those questions that come from within our own membership, and deal with aspects of our network. By all means, feel free to respond to those inquiries.
But for our highly esteemed consumers, let's give them the best advice/counsel that this amazing platform can offer!
(If you enjoyed this article, take time to read my corresponding post entitled "Well, actually, they're more like Guidelines"....)
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Rich Jacobson is a licensed real estate professional providing knowledgeable empowerment and relentless representation for his clients of residential properties and vacant land throughout all of Kitsap County WA and portions of Pierce, Mason, and Jefferson Counties. You can also find him at KitsapLife.com, SOUNDBITEBLOG and Crabbing in the Hood, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org