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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential

I am an unabashed yelp advocate.

I am on yelp and have received contact after contact after contact.  Both buyers and sellers.  And much to Yelp's chagrin, I do not pay them a dime.  I attained visibility on yelp by having clients post testimonials there.  I have a equal amount of reviews that are visible, and an equal amount that didn't pass Yelp's logarithm, and found themselves listed (as I call it) below the fold.

That being said, yesterday I received a call from a potential seller who found me on Yelp.  I tried to call him back, and send him an email through Yelp, but he didn't respond.  Fortunately, he had included his telephone number, so today I phoned (and left a voicemail), as well as texting him.

He did return my call, and I'm going to meet with him tomorrow, but he told me an odd story.

After sending the direct Yelp email to me, within moments, he says, he received telephone calls from eight other agents (including a colleague of mine in my own office).  He was so discouraged... because he thought he'd reached out directly to me... that my response kinda got buried.  He thought my response was just one of a myriad of hungry agents.. so he ignored them all.

I guess that Yelp has its own version of "Premier Agents", and apparently a direct contact in Yelp may be direct, but is more of a "party-line".  Be aware.

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 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, 1710 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
847.425.3779      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email:

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois



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William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. long as there is no pay out I will check into them

Jun 10, 2018 07:39 PM #1
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy

Thanks for this info. I am on Yelp, but never got much action. Their sales team has been beating me up to pay for their advertising, but I think it is just too expensive. I will revisit my page and see if I can get it to work for me.

Jun 10, 2018 08:37 PM #2
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I have never heard a success story from Yelp before and this is a refreshing post to read Alan!

Jun 10, 2018 11:32 PM #3
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Alan.

Never been to Yelp, don't know that I ever will.  I wonder why those other agents didn't pick up the phone and call him

Jun 11, 2018 01:40 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Alan. Very interesting about the party line! Never have used Yelp, but caution may be advised. Good luck with your appointment today!

Jun 11, 2018 05:10 AM #5
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Alan- I use Yelp all of the time to check out businesses and have been known to leave a review. I especially depend on it when we're on the road and looking for a restaurant or hotel. 

Jun 11, 2018 04:19 PM #6
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Seems eveyone wants to monitize these days. They start out as free to suck you in then Boom!

Jun 12, 2018 06:01 PM #7
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Very interesting.  I'm a Yelp elite because I like to contribute pictures and reviews and find new restaurants and services, but have not received any business or been hounded by Yelp either.

Jun 30, 2018 11:47 PM #8
Ricardo Mello
Manhattan Miami Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
Manhattan & Miami Real Estate Agent

Happy Friday Alan 

Jul 19, 2018 09:49 AM #9
Mike Baltierra
Rise Realty - Eastvale, CA
Full Service at Your Service Realtor-Eastvale CA

That's insane. What is Yelp thinking? We all need to be on Yelp for it's the first page when looking for an Realtor in our city. 

Nov 02, 2018 07:42 AM #10
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