- Using Check In to Validate Real Estate Agents?

Real Estate Agent with SHAHAR Management

Debbie Walsh Your Professional Real Estate AgentI saw an article this morning that got me a little is again trying to help consumers pick the "agent experts" in each neighborhood.  They are going to change the way the profiles look (finally!) and help pick these "experts" by their work in the neighborhoods.

They are going to try and validate the work in the neighborhoods by the solds (of course!) but also by a "check-in" method.  If you are familiar with Foursquare you already know how this works.  As someone who used to use Foursquare here and there, I kind of dropped off because in the areas I work in, I rarely get a good enough signal to be able to check in so to avoid the frustration I just stopped using it.

If is going to use this as part of their "expert" program, as someone who has a full profile (and even if I didn't) I am not happy about this because if you can't check in, in your neighborhoods while you are working, where does that leave you?

When I called to ask about this, they weren't even aware of any of this.  The person was very nice (no problem there) and said there are changes coming but unfortunately they don't know what they are yet.  So I went over it with them and was told that this was a VERY valid point and they were going to be getting back to me.

For people out there looking for an agent.  DO YOUR HOMEWORK.  Google is very informative, and don't be afraid to call and talk to the agent you are considering.  Sometimes looking at statistics on a website could give you information about someone that is not as correct as you would like it to be.

The article I am referring to can be seen here.  It is called Consumers will soon have better ways to vet Real Estate Agents.


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Comments (14)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Here is the answer to your riddle.  The top three home search folks are Zillow, Trulia and   Since they are number #3, they are trying to get further up by doing different things to gain ranking...and make more $$$  A

May 16, 2014 04:05 AM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

And this is where members of "teams" are going to get screwed once again, when only the team leader chalks it up.  What a nasty business to have these types of third-party leech sites not only infiltrate the MLS' work product/data, but how they pit agents against each other in this way.  It's unfair. 

May 16, 2014 04:40 AM
Debbie Walsh
SHAHAR Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Alex - Of course but it is misleading (as you know) to start throwing names around as "experts" or not experts with invalid data and should not be allowed.

Carla - AGREED.

May 16, 2014 05:02 AM
Chandler Real Estate Liz Harris, MBA
Liz Harris Realty - Chandler, AZ

Thanks for the quick tip...  Have a great weekend.  Liz Harris in Chandler Arizona

May 16, 2014 07:09 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

I would be annoyed by this too as I don't like the idea of Foursquare for safety reasons.  Good point by Alexandra.

May 16, 2014 08:04 PM
Debbie Walsh
SHAHAR Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Deb - That is ANOTHER very valid point as well.

Liz - Thanks for taking the time to read.

May 16, 2014 10:08 PM
Maria Gilda Racelis
Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington - Manchester, CT
Home Ownership is w/in Reach. We Make it Happen!

Hi Deb: This is just irritating and aggravating. If expertise is to be measured by the check-ins, I will be categorized as a greenhorn in this arena. Worse, non-existent.

May 16, 2014 11:05 PM
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

Hey, Debbie -  That's a crazy way to judge how good a Realtor is - by Foursquare check-ins?    What?

May 17, 2014 12:18 AM
Kwee Huset
Kwee Huset Realty - Venice, FL
Venice Florida Homes For Sale

Hi Debbie, thanks for the update. Word of mouth business is the best...not


May 17, 2014 04:37 AM
Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

This irritates me, too, Debbie.  I really dislike their website and premise anyway.

BTW - It was great talking with you yesterday.   Let's do it again soon!

May 17, 2014 05:11 AM
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Always something new to rile us up, Debbie. Soon they will be able to see us in our bathrooms .

May 17, 2014 05:25 AM
Sharon & Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette, IN - Lafayette, IN
West Lafayette homes for sale

Very interesting article and so glad you let them know about this, Debra.

Anyone looking to buy or sell a home in the Orange County, New York area needs to give Debra Walsh, Keller Williams Realty a call (845) 283-3036.  She's THE best!!!

May 17, 2014 06:07 AM
Debbie Walsh
SHAHAR Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Maria - That is why it needs to be changed.

Dagny - No Foursquare is an example but they are going to be using a "check-in" type of system.

Kwee -  Thanks for the input!

Suze - Yes definitely!  Thanks for the comments!

Toni - Oh Lordy Toni!

Bruce - Thanks Bruce - appreciated as always!

May 18, 2014 03:31 AM
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc - Gulf Breeze, FL
Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl. the only site with Realtor in it that is not owned by Realtors although it is against the code of ethics.

May 26, 2014 01:29 PM