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by CareyBot

Realtor bashing has become a favorite pastime for many people both online and offline. Are their comments really justified? This month I began a new consumer column for Inman News. I was curious to see what types of consumer questions were being asked on sites such as Trulia and Zillow. While the Trulia crowd appeared relatively tame, I was surprised by a post at Zillow -- with more than 2,000 views -- that proclaimed, "Realtors are like vultures." When someone asked how to find a competent Realtor, a few commenters provided useful suggestions while several slammed Realtors -- one even suggested that they are so unprofessional that you should choose one based upon "who lies the best." Another Zillow post, with 2,400 page views, suggested that anyone who didn't th...