Do You Read The Comments?

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"Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don't."
- Bill Nye

We all know there are a lot of excellent articles posted on ActiveRain, offering us the opportunity to learn from our peers on a daily basis. 

What I've noticed is, in addition to learning from the articles and questions, the comments can be just as interesting and educational.  I often receive new insights on various subjects AND find fodder for new blog articles of my own.

Do you make a habit of reading other responses to gleen other perspectives on the subjects being discussed, or do you prefer to share your viewpoint and move on?

I truly enjoy reading other viewpoints and, especially, how the business differs from region to region.  

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Rainmaker
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Brian England ,
So interesting to read the different perspective, isn't it?  That's why I hang out in the Q&A section every day.  

Jun 14, 2018 08:36 AM #19
Rainmaker
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Yes, Alexandra, there is THAT problem... which is totally meaningless.  It's not like we can spend the points and it really makes the commenter look foolish. 

Ron and Alexandra Seigel 

Jun 14, 2018 08:37 AM #20
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

You can tell those who read comments and those who cut and paste their lives. I know several Rainers who comment on the comments rather than the post Carol...

Jun 14, 2018 09:17 AM #21
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Carol... indeed I do remember those EF Hutton commercials... they were, in their own way, brilliant! But I'm probably dating my self by saying I remember them. 

Jun 14, 2018 09:19 AM #22
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Yes, Nina Hollander ,we're both dating ourselves with that one.  By-the-way, my husband was an E.F. Hutton kind of guy.  He didn't say anything unless it was worth listening to... and people listened.  

Jun 14, 2018 09:31 AM #23
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS, 
Those canned, cut-and-paste, comments are pretty mundane, aren't they? 

Jun 14, 2018 09:33 AM #24
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I have always been interested in the comments made to posts.  It is the interaction, and different perspectives that add to the tribal knowledge available in this realm.

Jun 14, 2018 11:31 AM #25
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Carol,

You are right, and I think the drive by folks do not realize that the public who reads our posts which includes other agents will not put them on their list of agents to refer business to.  

Jun 14, 2018 12:01 PM #26
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Carol- and yes, I do read the comments on the posts that I read. Sometimes I have to move quickly through them but when I can I read them all. We can learn so much from them. 

Jun 14, 2018 04:51 PM #27
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Carol

This is certainly an insightful post. Often the comments provide some really great information, tips, alternative perspectives, and more. I try to read them all, and certainly read those on my own posts. In terms of other's posts it depends, to some extent, on my time, but on the post topic, too! I'm not sure I have to read all the comments on someone's market report! But then again I may be missing something valuable.

Jeff

Jun 14, 2018 08:19 PM #28
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat ,
Yes, that is totally my experience as well.  I find the different perspectives opens my mind to new ways of looking at things.

Jun 15, 2018 06:29 AM #29
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Kathy Streib ,
Yes, I am interested in the broad spectrum of ways to view a subject.  It's quite interesting. 

Jun 15, 2018 06:31 AM #30
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS ,
Yes, time IS a big factor.  I find the insights of others quite interesting.  Everyone has different experiences to draw from and we can all learn from each other. 

Jun 15, 2018 06:32 AM #31
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Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) www.Progressive-Realty.info - Boise, ID
Owner,Broker

I find myself reading more comment on blogs that have opposing views to my own so I can see why someone feels different than me on a topic if it is important to me.  I know others that read the opposite way to validate their own beliefs.

I have been too busy to blog much lately, but when I do, I try to reply to the comments that have taken time to say something material to the blog directly on their comment hoping it is easier for others to follow.

Jun 15, 2018 08:28 AM #32
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

I do enjoy the comments when I have time. Yes, the comments can be very enlightening.

Jun 15, 2018 12:05 PM #33
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Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

It is always interesting to see the different point of views paging down the comments.

Jun 15, 2018 06:40 PM #34
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John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

I have found that the most valuable posts are the ones that generate great comments.

Not all comments agree with the poster, and that is alright as it gives us another perspective.

I read the comments to learn.

Thanks

Jun 16, 2018 03:15 PM #35
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Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Good morning Carol Williams, yes, I do and learn a lot from them. Sometimes, I'm parked at a post for a while just reading and learning. 

Jun 19, 2018 05:48 AM #36
Rainmaker
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Jim Paulson ,
Thank you for your comment.  I love your attitude of learning through different viewpoints.  Have a great week.

Jun 19, 2018 05:54 AM #37
Rainmaker
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Beth Atalay ,
I do the same thing.  It's so easy to get lost in the Rain, isn't it?

Jun 19, 2018 05:55 AM #38
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