A comment on an earlier blog suggested that one should,
"...investigate, do...due diligence, and interview"
prior to selecting an agent.
But what about a cornucopia of great content, great testimonials from associates, blog content which manifests the quality of the material in fine order and is extremely abundant, fertile with good advice and the mutual cooperation your colleagues?
I've yet to discover the obloquy, any false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions in Active Rain.
There may be misrepresentations, but they scarcely and rarely qualify as intentional.
When you send a referral to an Active Rain member, do you investigate, exercise diligence and interview before selecting ?
When you receive one, has that Active Rain member, investigated, done due diligence and interviewed before selecting that agent ?
And what criteria or platform or frame of reference do they refer or have to consider from which to adjudicate integrity; your profile, your blog, your points, which demonstrate your level of participation ?
Or when that same Active Rain member simply asks that customer to contact you, could it remotely be because they investigate, perfrom due diligence and interview before selecting and send that customer your way ?
Although points may not appear at the surface to meet one's standards for professionalism, I'd be inclined to place some confidence in the hands of a member that's racked up 90, 100, 150 thousand, million or more points; but in the same breath, reserve the option to allow one without points or few points as much of a rational motive for a belief in their skill and their ability to carry out any task vital to their responsibility, as much any highly skilled real estate professional.
I pride myself on the awareness that our community is knowledge-based, that cognition is refined, has succeeded and is marked by a favourable outcome through cooperation.
I believe that as time goes on, as I have said, points serve as a healthy indicator of time well spent in our industry and with our colleagues.
To say that this is not true is to say that Active Rain is a waste of time.
Some believe that it is and are gone now.
I disagree with them and say "good riddance" !
Any real estate professional that believes,
or proclaims in any blog post,
that time spent in ActiveRain is wasted
is full of bullshit !
If an Active Rain member is involved, then that member's standards are refined.
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