The question is: Is it worth answering Internet Questions & ....

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Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices 01238708

The question is: Is it worth answering Internet Questions & Answers? Is it a waste of time or does it work? Depends usually is a safe answer.

www.endrebarath.com

Many times we get on a platform and there is a question a by buyer, or by a seller, or we think they are buyers or sellers and we decide to answer or choose not to answer the question. I generally take the position that it is a legitimate question and I choose to help out that person by giving them the answer to their question.

Well sometimes we get a response, either a thank you or a potential listing or a potential buyer representation. Then again there are times we get nothing. We at least hope for a ‘Thank You’, or a possible endorsement on the platform that we helped out.

Well some of us Internet Savvy Realtors, who are on many platforms get surprise emails, calls, or text messages just out of the blue.

Today was my day. I saw a call coming in from a private number, but I happened to be on the phone with another potential client. Needless to say I was hoping on a Voice Mail, not wanting to interrupt my   call.

Well it turns out I received a very difficult to hear Voice Mail, luckily the phone number was clear. Turns out it was a potential seller or a potential lease landlord and possibly a land seller. Anyway I was thrilled, because the potential client shared with me, that I responded to a question he asked about four of five years ago on a platform that has merged with another platform and he appreciated the candid and good response I gave him. Normally I am very good at recalling when there has been a back and forth communication. In this instance I do not recall anything, but I was appreciative of the loyalty given to me by this person.

Needless to say tomorrow is a day for me to drive by the property, and do the equivalent of a Drive by BPO (Broker Price Opinion) as well as determine what the land value is to the other property as well as without being inside what I think it would be worth leasing it out?

Lots of things to do and lots of opportunities for a Realtor as well as a potential Seller or a potential Landlord. Now with that said, my original question is: is it worth answering questions by potentially unknown parties?

My answer is unequivocally: YES!! Many times we hope that someone reads our comments, our answers or our blog post. Here is a perfect example that being on the World Wide Web as a Realtor willing to help out might bring potential business. Even if it is many years after we offered our knowledge and expertise.

So if you are a beginner on the internet, do not always expect instant response. Sometimes it takes years but your effort might pay off.

 Stay tuned of this development. Just on a side note this question came from Australia and the properties are in the coveted 90210 Zip Code of Beverly Hills, CA.

 Now if you are a potential buyer or seller and have questions about the Greater Los Angeles Real Estate Market. Please reach out to me directly and I will give you a private and confidential answer.

When you are considering buying or selling a home, a luxury home, luxury investment real estate, luxury vacation homes, or luxury beach properties in Southern California, Los Angeles, Century City, Westwood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Venice or Malibu, feel free to contact me at me at 10.486.1002 (m) or homes@endrebarath.com or visit one of my websites at http://www.endrebarath.com.  I am a pet friendly realtor and I contribute a portion of my commission to local animal rescue organizations.

Comments (42)

Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Inna Ivchenko love how you keep us on our toes with the picture changes:)) yes this was a Trulia inquiry from years ago...Endre

 

 

Jan 05, 2016 02:22 PM
Inna Ivchenko

I liked Trulia A&Q:)


Endre,


I'm updating my site and was checking what other people do. I noticed, you do not feed your website blog anymore. Was it connected to AR previously?

Jan 05, 2016 04:02 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.

Inna Ivchenko  which portal did it drop off Trulia? Or AR? Endre

Jan 06, 2016 09:43 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

TeamChi - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.  this was from a different platform, Endre

Jan 05, 2016 02:22 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Joe Petrowsky  I am so in agreement with you on this subject, Endre

Jan 05, 2016 02:23 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

To blog or not to blog, that is the question: whether we should suffer the slings and arrows of the blogging process for better or for worse

Jan 05, 2016 03:32 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Sorry to get a little Shakespearean there. I was just really feeling it, and so there it was hahaha!

Jan 05, 2016 03:36 PM
Debra Peters
Referral Realty - Manorville, NY
NY Real Estate Salesperson

Congratulations! I n my opinion I think it's a great idea to answer legitimate questions. It only takes a few minutes to answer 1 or 2. What do you have to lose? My presence and reviews prompted a phone call from a Seller. I secured the listing and had an accepted offer in 24 hours!

Jan 05, 2016 08:09 PM
Ron Aguilar
Gateway Mortgage Group - Saint George, UT
Mortgage & Real Estate Advisor since 1995

good subject to consider, thanks for your time

Jan 05, 2016 11:26 PM
Greg Mona
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Professional Real Estate Representation for YOU!

Endre Barath, Jr. You'll never know if you don't call!  We know most "leads" don't seem to go anywhere, but on the same token, if you don't respond it is a lost opportunity.

Jan 06, 2016 12:26 AM
Terry McCarley
Coastal Real Estate - Cape Coral FL - Cape Coral, FL
REALTOR, SRES, CDPE - Cape Coral, FL

I have answered numerous questions over the years especially on Trulia and by activally participating in the Q&A I have had out of staters reach out to me to represent them when they were ready to purchase a home here in SW Florida.

Jan 06, 2016 01:16 AM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Great story!  You did someone a favor and they remembered all these years. Hope it all works out

Jan 06, 2016 02:56 AM
Tammy Adams ~ Realtor / Podcaster
Maricopa Real Estate Co - Maricopa, AZ
A Maricopa Agent who Works, Lives & Loves Maricopa

I find that when I do answer questions, I do not approach it as trying solicit their business. I watch so many people give a quick answer then say call me to help vs just giving the best answer. Trust me, they will call you as they feel you are the most genuine

Jan 06, 2016 06:02 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kat Palmiotti  it has been beneficial to me on Trulia vs. Zillow would not let you have your contact information hence no real benefit....Endre

Jan 06, 2016 09:44 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Ron and Alexandra Seigel  yes giving knowledge freely brings buyers and sellers in return or just some happy people:)), Endre

Jan 06, 2016 09:46 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Ed Silva  well said the audience could be quite sizable:), Endre

Jan 06, 2016 09:47 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

What a great story!  Perfect example of how important it is to consider each and every contact from people as potential future business!

Jan 06, 2016 11:13 PM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

I agree with Sharon ... a great story. And, I need to get back to answering qs on the Internet....thanks for the reminder.

Jan 07, 2016 12:01 PM
Noeleen Duffy
Claddagh Florida Properties - Palm Coast, FL

Great post Endre.  I answer all questions because you never know whose on the other end and I believe its time well spent.

Jan 08, 2016 02:52 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

This reminds me of the saying, "If we build it, they will come" ... we have to just DO IT!

Jan 08, 2016 11:30 AM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Hey Endre-wow 5 years later that must have been an amazing answer!

Jan 08, 2016 08:06 PM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Congrats on the seller lead Endre!  We never know how a post will end up on someone's front page and encourage them to call!

Jan 12, 2016 05:04 AM