I really need some help from my AR friends !

By
Real Estate Agent with 16 Sunview Blvd

I need some help from my AR friends !!!

Thanks for reading this post and I really appreciate your thoughts !

My WordPress website allows me to review comments left on my site.  Most are relevant and respectful.  A few are the spam comments we all get.  Last Friday I saw the following comment left by a very well known team in our area.  At first I couldn't believe that anyone would think they have a right to solicit visitors to my site !  Here is the comment, minus the names of the two agents :

"Looking for homes and other real estate for sale in Fort Myers, Sanibel or Captiva? Call the leading real estate team of ....... "

My system also caught their email address, etc.  Again, the two agents names were part of the email but deleted by me for this post.  

I decided against doing anything untill I've had a chance to discuss this with their broker - and to cool down a bit.

What are your thoughts ?

 

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Website:   www.BillGillhespy.com

Fort Myers Beach Realtor

Comments (57)

Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Have a fantastic New Year's Eve and wishing you all the best for 2013!!!


I have to admit, I did not know this was addressed in the Code of Ethics but it does make sense that it would be. Thanks for the information!!!

Dec 31, 2012 04:40 AM
Christine Bohn
RE/MAX Professionals - Gainesville, FL
The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL

I have a WP site and use Askimet too.  It catches all spam, and I must approve any comment.  I would DELETE that comment....period.  I won't allow any promotion on my site.  Remember....that is YOUR site, and no one should use if for their benefit.  Those other agent are NOT playing in the sandbox nicely at all.

Dec 31, 2012 11:29 AM
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Debbie,  " Tacky " is just one of the words which came to mind !  Good selling in 2013 !

Jan 01, 2013 12:28 AM
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Bill, I'm with Debbie, Tacky at the least! I'd check with the board. Unbelievable.

Jan 04, 2013 05:51 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

What ever happened with this ???

Jan 07, 2013 04:36 AM
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Hannah,  Thanks for stopping by and commenting.  I think I'm about a week away from the real answer.  I'll be sure to update my AR friends.  Good selling to you in 2013 !

Jan 07, 2013 05:46 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Bill, yeah I woudl definitely delete and call their broker.

Jan 12, 2013 12:33 PM
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Rebecca,   My WP site automatically quarantines comments pending my approval.  Their broker was quite helpful.

Jan 12, 2013 10:42 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I had the same problem recently with a reblog Bill. I always go to the member who reblogs my post, to thank them, and what did I find, a cut and paste ad for the other agent. I wasn't alone! This pair of agents had taken 10 featured blogs and done the same thing with each. I reported that to ActiveRain. 

Jan 14, 2013 05:14 AM
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Paul,  Sounds like your experience was a lot more deliberate than mine.  Still, amazing how some think they can manipulate the system.

Jan 14, 2013 05:28 AM
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

Bill, that is just unbelievable...at a public forum I would be sure to tell them to go you know where!

Jan 19, 2013 07:10 AM
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Ginny,  Thanks for the supportive comment.  Lots of knuckleheads out there.

Jan 20, 2013 12:08 AM
Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL
REALTOR

Bill - I've had this happen before, so I moderate all comments before they go public.

Jan 26, 2013 11:44 AM
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Michelle,   Thanks for stopping by and commenting.   Moderate = 100%  !!!

Jan 26, 2013 10:08 PM
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

I am thankful that their broker was helpful. Sometimes well known agents are not a successful as they "appear." These sound a bit desperate. Any consumer seeing their comment would likely think horrible things about them, not CALL them. How could they not know that? Perhaps their email was hacked!

Feb 21, 2013 03:30 AM
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK
So glad that you were able to get this stopped.
Apr 09, 2013 12:01 PM
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Glad that the broker was receptive to you - I have found that not always to be the case in the past. 

Apr 13, 2013 09:54 PM
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Debra,  He was concerned and very direct.  I felt he wanted to get to the bottom of the issue.

Apr 14, 2013 02:12 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

It is really creepy. I would definitely talk to them.Likely , they do it regularly to all local websites. Do speak up.

Jul 01, 2015 05:23 PM
LLoyd Nichols
Premier Florida Realty of SWFL - Fort Myers, FL
Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea

I think they shoud know better. No escuse. I would talk to them in person and give then a stern warning. See how they respond. If they don't act to your satisfaction I would bring the hamer on them.

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