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Realtor Notebook

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I have an unusual hobby. I like to lurk on real estate Web sites like Trulia and Zillow. I lurk on the forums pages, where agents give advice and answer questions.

I rarely participate in the conversation, because I am not interested in chatting with people who don’t use their real names online and who use the sites for a second opinion when they don’t like what their Realtor told them. I just don’t want to get directly involved.

The sites are a great place to get ideas for blog posts. Chances are, if one buyer has a general question, others are wondering about the same thing. And that is the main reason I hang out on the sites and monitor them.