Hey... here's a thought. Maybe you wanna call your local real estate agency?

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential

I just fielded a call from a gentleman in Louisiana.  He wanted to know what Trulia's number is.  After I recovered my composure (you know... the "wtf... why is he calling ME to ask me Trulia's number?")... I explained that I don't work for Trulia.  Why did you call me to get Trulia's phone number?

It turns out that he's perusing Trulia's website, where at one point in my life I had been a contributor to Trulia's question and answer section.  So he figured since I was a commenter there, I must know how to reach Trulia.

I took a whole 2 seconds and Googled "Trulia's phone number", and gave it to him.  His frustration came through right away... "That's the number I already called, and it was a recording".

I asked him why he was trying to reach Trulia.  It turns out that he was just trying to get some information about a local property.  I suggested he call his local real estate office, and ask for a Realtor to give him the information... He thought that was a great idea... and hadn't thought of that.

Oh, well... back to real life.

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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: Almay@aol.com

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois

   

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Dan Hopper
Keller Williams Realty Downtown LLC - Denver, CO
Denver Realtor / Author / Advocate/Short Sale

Now that is funny ... not to the waste of your time, but the irony of how the general public does think based on web searching.

Jun 06, 2019 08:04 AM #1
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water.

Jun 06, 2019 09:48 AM #2
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Now I think I've heard everything! (Probably not... but as of today, yes!)

Jun 06, 2019 10:29 AM #3
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Marney Kirk
Cummings & Co. Realtors - Towson, MD
Towson, Maryland Real Estate

Wow, he hadn't thought to call someone local? That seems odd. Oh well. Luckily he got you!

Jun 06, 2019 12:02 PM #4
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

This post just gave me an idea.  A few years ago I posted about a local international market near my home.  For one reason or another, I have had a bunch of folks over the years call me for the market's phone number.  I think I will go back and edit that post and include the phone number for the market in big font.

Jun 06, 2019 02:34 PM #5
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Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Raleigh - Cary Triangle Real Estate 919-602-8489

Wow! People have no idea.

Jun 07, 2019 04:35 AM #6
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

If you put ten people in a room and make a statement and then interview them all separately, you get different versions of what was said. The nature of the human is at fault but then again, that was their experience.

Jun 07, 2019 07:22 AM #7
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

What a novel idea, to call someone locally who might be able to actually help rather than some big conglomerate. It is funny who calls us and why. 

Jun 07, 2019 09:14 AM #8
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Anne Corbin
Long and Foster - Lake Anna - Spotsylvania, VA
Serving Lake Anna & Central Virginia

I just had a call about 2 hours ago from a guy looking at one of my lot listings on Zillow. He wanted information on my 10 acre lot in Unionville. My brain was racing to remember which one he was referring to but I couldn't come up with a 10 acre lot. It ends up being that he was looking at one of my listings that has 3 acres. I asked him where he got the information that it had 10 acres and he said "Zillow". I checked Zillow and ....guess what! Zillow has it wrong. Imagine that! Always call a realtor to get REAL info. That is why we are called REALtors.

 

$27,000

10 acres

Stonesiffer Ln,
Lot/land Zestimate®None 
 
  • Overview

    • Time on Zillow
      66 days
    • Views
      393
    • Saves
      15
    Wooded lot in Unionville is 2.9 acres ready to build your new home. Plenty of road frontage and privacy. Minutes from Route 20. Established neighborhood of Terry's Run Estates. Restrictive covenants and road maintenance agreement protect neighborhood charm. Owner financing available. Seller is ready to sell! Recent soil evaluation shows 4 bedroom conventional perc site.
    Listing Agent
    Anne Corbin
    • Anne Corbin
    • Long & Foster REALTORS

    Long & Foster REALTORS
Jun 07, 2019 11:01 AM #9
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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

Unfortunately, Z is successful. I believe they want the consumer to forget about calling an agent.

Time and again the information on Z is not accurate.

The fact remains: Real Estate Agents are the experts on the local market and are ready to give the consumer value added.

Jun 07, 2019 12:29 PM #10
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

And I'm sure this is not a solo incident! It's a little scary that he didn't think of calling an agent.

Jun 08, 2019 03:08 AM #11
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Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

Alan May ~ (as I clear my throat)..... ZG and T have done more than an efficient job at making sure they DON'T call us! I have a feeling it is only going to get harder to convince consumers they should call us directly, ugh! Great article over at Inman

Here's a sneak preview: 

Zillow reveals its real ambitions

the lawsuit from Zillow laid bare this revelation. “The online portal, marketing, and iBuying company goes on to say in its lawsuits that the situation ‘greatly harms’ its business, and that it is in fact a direct competitor of Compass,”

 

Jun 08, 2019 11:53 AM #12
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Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH
CRS

I have never heard of that before!

It turns out that he was just trying to get some information about a local property.  I suggested he call his local real estate office, and ask for a Realtor to give him the information... 

He thought that was a great idea... and hadn't thought of that.

Jun 08, 2019 12:05 PM #13
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Alan- this one leaves you shaking your head. I agree with Kat Palmiotti it is concerning that he didn't even think to call a local agent. 

Jun 08, 2019 05:26 PM #14
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Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

People are weird! Thats all there is to it! There's no getting around it! 

Jun 08, 2019 07:13 PM #15
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Liz and Bill Spear
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RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

So many calls that make it apparent the consumer (or even the agent) doesn't understand how things work.

Jun 09, 2019 06:41 PM #16
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Donna Harris
Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com - Austin, TX
Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator

Do people still say "Here's your sign..."?  Wow, just wow! NAR sure thinks they're doing a good job educating the public.

Jun 12, 2019 03:12 PM #17
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