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Simply responding to a question in the Zillow Advice forum is not advertising nor is it self-promotion. In fact, using the Zillow Advice forum to advertise is strictly prohibited in the Zillow Good Neighbor Policy, located at http://www.zillow.com/howto/GoodNeighborPolicy.htm: "Please don't post inappropriate stuff: Spam, advertising, or self-promotional content is not allowed in Zillow Advice. This includes, but is not limited to, any contact information such as phone numbers, email addresses, or website URLs." As part of this policy, Zillow prohibits those posting in Zillow Advice from including any contact information in their posts.
If you feel that something you posted in Zillow Advice could be considered advertising, self promotional, or holding yourself out as being able to provide real estate services, it shouldn't be there. Agents should not be holding themselves out as being able to provide services on Zillow Advice. If a consumer wishes to contact you based on a comment you leave in Zillow Advice, they will click the link to your profile where all of the required information is provided. Until then, you are simply providing your two cents to Zillow's community.
I have done a little research. I do not think that including agent information in posts is required under the PA Real Estate Commission, the PA Association of Realtors or under the NAR's newly updated Standard of Ethics section 12.5.In fact the Rules section 12.5 was recently updated in January 2011 to make more allowances for the use of websites and social media sites here. Since every post on Zillow from an agent links to the profile page containing all that required information, agents should have no issues leaving their personal, license and contact info on their profile page as currently required by Zillow's policy.
I've always thought that it was on any form of advertisement and regarding posting on a public forum, as Pas says a person's profile with office name and number are one click away.Regardless, not one person has ever had an issue with with this before as far as being fined plus she included her direct contact information as well. Since Zillow enforces the policy, the PAR, NJAR and all other ARs would have to take it up with Zillow.Simply self-serving excuses. This is just Renee being Renee.
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