David Barr (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)

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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

I "agree", for example there's no question posted here, just a statement without any supporting facts.  Yikes!

I have to mostly, not completely, disagree with you David Barr and some of the others: I've done more research in the last 18 months, in order to answer some of the posted questions or as a result of some of the answers. Therefore if the questions are making me think, learn and create blogs out of some of my answers, I feel they are mostly good. They can't all be thought provoking and yes, there are a lot of repeated questions.

I compliment you on posting such a fiery topic to get a rise out of us. This was a good one.

Mar 05, 2016 10:58 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

It is ones choice to click, not click, leave an answer or move forward.

Mar 05, 2016 09:01 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We always have a choice to use our mouse or track pad and move on to the next question.  We look at life and its manifestations like we look at a buffet.  There are items we like and items we don't.  Just choices for everybody, no meaning or deep thought required.  What is right for you is not necessarily right for everyone.  A

Mar 05, 2016 11:21 PM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

I don't think so. We just had a couple of good ones this week about shares not working, I asked about newsletters & got great answers that I have yet to investigate.

Shall we discuss the meaning of life?

Mar 05, 2016 09:17 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I think some questions are asked just to ask a question; there is no real answer required. Perhaps the purpose is just for points or to try to start a conversation, but those questions are not really true Q&As.

Many times I skim over the questions and don't feel as though I can offer any useful feedback, so I just "x" out. 

And I don't think they are necessarily deteriorating. I think the questions have been similar since day one.

Mar 05, 2016 08:56 PM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

I'm not sure they can really deteriorate, since they've never really been that high quality to begin.

Yours appears to be more of a statement, than a question.

Mar 05, 2016 11:34 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I think the French have a word for that c'est la vie.

Mar 06, 2016 12:01 AM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

It's always a choice to partake or not.

Mar 05, 2016 10:40 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Questions about questions.

Yes, I see what you mean.

Mar 05, 2016 09:30 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I think there has been a good mix, not everything has to be about real estate,  i like the mix.

Mar 05, 2016 09:25 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

If I write a non -real estate question I post it as "Just for Fun"

Mar 06, 2016 03:39 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Ask us a good questions, David.

Mar 06, 2016 01:23 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

As long as the option for "Just for Fun" questions exist, we will continue to see questions on a wide range of subjects that have nothing to do with real estate...

Mar 05, 2016 09:52 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

So what exactly are you looking for David, more text book real estate questions from some students so that you can give them rude answers??

Mar 06, 2016 11:11 AM
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I don't see much change from when it started. There are all types of questions posted and non-questions and yes many have nothing to do with real estate. Many seem invented and many are not one questions but a series of questions. We have a choice to read or not or answer or not. As for doing it for the points, asking a question get you 10 points a day and I don't see that as a motivator. I just think some people like the interaction.

Mar 06, 2016 06:18 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

I think Bob Stewart and some of the Ambassadors pointed out that different members/participants look for different things on AR, be it education, business practice tips, pointers or simply camaraderie or humor. We choose what we post and what we read.

Mar 06, 2016 04:47 AM
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

It's a lot like finding love, David Barr .  Ya gotta kiss a lot of frogs to find your Prince (or Princess).  

Mar 05, 2016 11:07 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Ah, well.

Mar 05, 2016 10:17 PM
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

I like to think of it as the glass half full.

Mar 06, 2016 06:08 AM
Jack Lewitz
Exit Strategy Realty - Evanston, IL

Is this a statement or a question?

Mar 06, 2016 06:02 AM
LuxurySoCalRealty Compass San Diego
Compass - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Partner - The Private Client Network

I personally just skip those I have no interest in participating in. 

Mar 06, 2016 05:25 AM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

David, just about all of the real estate related questions, or AR "how to" questions have already been asked dozens of times-over and over. 

What is there new to ask other that specific, "what advise would you give me on this problem in my transaction" question, and that is scary providing answers for liability reason.

So in the meantime, may I suggest that if people are concerned about this- just answer the questions that have relevance, and pass on the others.

If people are in it for the points then they probably welcome the opportunity to answer 15-20 questions no matter what they are.  There are very few consumers that actually come to the AR website.  If they are looking for real estate information they are visiting the internet giants.

Mar 06, 2016 01:14 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

There are no stupid quality questions just a lot ARs trying to keep themselves occupied and stay connected.

Weather, traffic relate to RE as we do not like to show homes in bad weather.

If you probit posting about weather, then you get Utah school students endless same old s&(# day after day.  


Mar 05, 2016 10:32 PM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Very true David Barr. I noticed that a lot of the questions asked lately have nothing to do with Real Estate.    

Mar 05, 2016 09:44 PM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Not sure I totally agree although I have seen some less than serious thought provoking ones. But, it is always interesting!

Mar 05, 2016 09:19 PM
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

I think it goes in cycles - we're definitely spending less time here than we used to, though.

Mar 05, 2016 09:10 PM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Santa Clarita & OC Laguna Nigel

Oh my gosh, David Barr I was just thinking that same thing and also thinking of posting something about it.  Really bad lately.

Mar 06, 2016 07:12 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

As are some of the questions.

Mar 06, 2016 03:56 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I agree. Just move on.

Mar 06, 2016 01:44 AM
DEANNA EARLY - - ( NMLS # 268590 )
American National Bank & Trust - Smith Mountain Lake, VA
Highest Ranked Mortgage Loan Originator Virginia

So let's do our part, you and me, to improve them.  It is the unspoken rule that this site is only as good as the people using it.  I try to ask industry related questions and more importantly; I try to give appropriate answers and comments.

It is the responsibility of us all to maintain the dignity of the venue. 

Mar 06, 2016 01:17 AM
Richard L. McKinney P.A.
Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise - Port St Lucie, FL
For Results that MOVE you on the Treasure Coast!

David Barr  This is a nice topic and one AR needs to address especially for the points. Lately it seems that many questions are posted (and answered) to pick up points ..... for lack of a better term "points whores"


Mar 05, 2016 11:59 PM
Liz Wallace
Century 21 Sherlock Homes - Rockville Centre, NY
Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N

If the question is weird I keep on moving but to be honest I have learned a lot from some and snorted laughed at others.  Seems like a good mix.

Mar 05, 2016 11:58 PM
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

So the quality of questions were better before I joined AR?  Were they strictly real estate related, while now they are both - business and pleasure - is that what you are stating David Barr

Mar 05, 2016 11:45 PM
Toronto, ON

It is all in the eyes of the beholder.

Mar 05, 2016 11:37 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Let's just say some days are better than others!

Mar 05, 2016 10:31 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Very true.

Mar 05, 2016 09:10 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel


Mar 06, 2016 08:18 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

There are a lot of similar or even the same questions. I do not open questions I'm not interested in. Less is more.

Mar 06, 2016 04:26 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

As "The Dude" would say (and it is National Dude Day): That's your preception man.

Mar 06, 2016 12:04 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Yes, just like many other things

Mar 06, 2016 08:01 AM