Thomas J.  Nelson, Realtor,CRS,e-Pro, Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast (Big Block Realty 858.232.8722)

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Rainmaker
1,346,484
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386
Realty One Group - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

And the low keep competing to be the lowest.

Jul 03, 2017 08:25 AM
Rainmaker
476,568
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Is this kind of inducement even legal/ethical? (I do not know)

The other big problem I see with this is, it doesn't say leave a GOOD review -- just a review. Does the company really want to risk putting it out there for a troll, disgruntled prospect or competitor to hose then--and pay them to do it?

Jul 03, 2017 08:22 AM
Rainmaker
1,968,352
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor

How some minds work never ceases to amaze me! No inducement for me here... I despise Starbucks. Now, $50 to Sephora... maybe we have something to talk about!

Jul 03, 2017 10:01 AM
Rainmaker
272,058
Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Sad

Jul 03, 2017 08:51 AM
Rainmaker
1,264,662
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

Well at least they've elevated their groveling to $50 instead of a $5 card which is useless at SB.

I'm not sure Z is influencing this.

Jul 03, 2017 08:49 AM
Rainmaker
3,281,640
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing

OMG,

Wow, yes I will waste my time valued at more that $50 bucks to enter a contest to maybe win a $50 Starbucks gift card...what does this say about the Byrne real estat group?  What are they thinking?  If this is Zillow's idea, then they belong together.  A

Jul 03, 2017 08:45 AM
Rainmaker
563,670
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Everyone else it begging for rating, follows, testimonials, likes, why not agents?

I would expect the 'contact information' will be valid.

But this is an indication of the influence of the evil empire on the value of agents and their services.  If Byme likes do to business the dark-side way, they won't mind the flies that come with it. Zillows goal of $2,500 transaction fees are getting closer and Byme is 'all in."

Jul 03, 2017 08:32 AM
Rainmaker
2,165,943
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Zillow is a 4 letter word.

Jul 03, 2017 08:29 AM
Rainmaker
3,813,880
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

oh, how I detest Z...

Jul 03, 2017 08:25 AM
Rainmaker
2,256,111
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

And if it is a good review, we will pay you! Nice objective survey!

Jul 03, 2017 09:22 AM
Rainmaker
2,461,177
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386 nailed this one!

Jul 04, 2017 06:44 AM
Ambassador
2,961,610
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

This could get expensive, not something I would be interested in.

Jul 03, 2017 03:29 PM
Rainmaker
149,824
Abby Stiller
Premier Realty Homes of SWFL - Cape Coral, FL
Real Estate Agent Serving Southwest Florida

I call this desperation

Jul 03, 2017 02:42 PM
Ambassador
2,523,325
Anna Banana Kruchten,CRS,CRB,GRI
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!

Bribing folks you don't know with a $50 starbucks card.....really?

Jul 03, 2017 02:33 PM
Rainmaker
189,037
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Only people who know an agent should be asked to review them.

Jul 03, 2017 02:22 PM
Rainmaker
2,371,063
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Broker

Holy Crap-Tacular.  

Jul 03, 2017 01:01 PM
Rainmaker
3,216,525
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

It looks like this company is desparate.

Jul 03, 2017 12:04 PM
Rainmaker
549,627
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

How did you even get on their mailing list? -Kasey

Jul 03, 2017 09:10 AM
Rainmaker
3,086,548
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

They NEED to bribe, as we all tell the buyers how inaccurate they are! 

Jul 06, 2017 11:33 AM
Rainmaker
905,552
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Yes, zillow now allows (as of Jan 1, maybe earlier) people who've you've never done business with but have "talked shop to" to give you a review.  The sales agent for some reason thought this was a good idea.  Easy way to get fake 5 star reviews, as far as I'm concerned.

Jul 04, 2017 10:39 PM
Rainmaker
3,778,992
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Kind of sleazy.

Jul 04, 2017 05:46 AM
Rainmaker
2,688,372
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Huh?  A head-scratcher for sure.  

Jul 04, 2017 05:40 AM
Ambassador
3,510,163
Praful Thakkar
eXp Realty - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor,CRS,ePro - enjoy the ride.... even when you do not like the vehicle!

Jul 03, 2017 10:33 PM
Rainmaker
1,141,496
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA

As far as  know, you have to prove that you bought or sold a property with this particular agent( they require to provide the address). A fellow agent wanted to leave a review for me as a coworker( similar to Linked In) and they had no option.

If that changed, let's leave reviews for each other! I'm in. Who wants to exchange reviews? 

:) 

Jul 03, 2017 06:31 PM
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3,212,757
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

There is so much of that going on which is why the public put about 50% faith in reviews. 

Jul 03, 2017 06:02 PM
Ambassador
1,777,359
Fred Griffin
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     Is that also a possible violation of Real Estate Commission Rules on lotteries, drawings, etc.?  Check with you State's laws, or see an Attorney.

Jul 03, 2017 03:57 PM
Ambassador
2,090,229
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

WOW! How many competitors would give a bad review when sent something like this? Kudos to you for not doing that, Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor,CRS,ePro!

Jul 03, 2017 03:16 PM
Ambassador
1,128,139
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I see competing reviews on VRBO for my Florida condo and I have been in them so I know the 20 5 star reviews are total BS and made up.

Jul 03, 2017 11:33 AM
Rainmaker
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Mike Kelly
The MJKelly Team - Santa Rosa, CA
"One of Sonoma County's Natural Resources"

I think most Realtors miss the BIG picture with Zillow--all of our clients are going there! We can lament this all we wish but my buyers always go to Zilow, Realtor.com or Redfin. It's the way it is. Do I think Zillow is a failed business plan? Yes. It is finding it can't generate revenue and is making a play to become a real estate company. We used to have them come to our CAR Directors meetings and state, "We're not here to complete with Realtors!" Really!

Jul 03, 2017 10:26 AM
Rainmaker
512,646
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
AZuRE Team - Realty ONE Group - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale Real Estate

I'll give you a great review, maybe a few, and we split 50/50, deal? 

Jul 03, 2017 10:20 AM
Rainmaker
2,154,424
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Another attempt to position oneself for the big Real Estate bite...$$$

Jul 03, 2017 09:54 AM
Rainmaker
4,110,775
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thanks for sharing this information.

Jul 03, 2017 09:10 AM
Rainer
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Ryan Byrne
Keller Williams - Huntington Beach, CA
Home Selling Specialist

Great just my luck, a colleague told me I was being slandered by another Realtor on active rain. Wouldn't you know there are actually 5 Ryan Byrnes working in real estate across the country (that I am aware of) my group  just so happend to be the Byrne Prime Property Group or Byrne Group in some marketing. This is very annoying as you could imagine. For the record this is not me, my group or my company being referenced in this post. But some are assuming it is. Is active rain a forum where Realtors come to bad mouth each other? I think this is the saddest thing of all. 

Oct 10, 2017 10:27 PM
Rainmaker
411,851
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Fake news, fake testimonials, fake body parts, fake moon landing

Jul 28, 2017 03:11 AM
Rainmaker
2,253,885
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Always interesting what they are coming up with next.

 

Jul 05, 2017 04:59 PM
Rainmaker
3,598,554
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I have not seen it

Jul 03, 2017 08:19 AM