What I suggest to my clients is to check with me on anything they find online of interest and I can quicky verifiy status on the MLS --- that is the ultimate source of current data.
There is one feed here on Trulia that I think is very distractive to consumers is the Realty Trac feed - which shows generally aerial views of properties that are in some state of delinquency. The number reflected is not a market value, nor are the properties necessarily available to purchase now or in the future. In this category, I say use your common sense. If you see a home that would normally sell in a community for $500,000 in this data for $25,000, then it falls squarely in the "too good to be true" category. I caution buyers not to get too distracted by this info. If/when they do become available for sale, they will be most likely listed in the MLS.
Do I think these websites are a waste of time - not at all. I find that Buyers especially enjoy searching on these sites, both for properties and infomation. But they do not replace a good agent who can be a great asset when are you getting closer to readiness to buy.
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Unfortunately, some agents just â€œrenewâ€ old listings to generate business. It happens. I see it happening and is probably what you are looking at.
What you need to do is stop trying to be self sufficient and get a good Realtor working for you. Then you will know exactly what is going on. I got it, sometimes doing it yourself is good.. me too, I understand it and I canâ€™t stand most Realtors myself! But if you find someone like me.. you will be just fine! In this case you need to find a professional to help you.
Let me know, I am in Middlesex County but I worked in JC, sold two condos thereâ€¦ I know the area pretty well. Maybe I can help.. No, I am positive I can.
Oh, FYI- no one can give you information before it hits the market. That is nonsense.
Orange Key Realty
Best of luck to you!
Please made note of this correction:
"Trulia does NOT receive data from the MLS or even Realtor.com. In Truila own words, here's the scoop...
"Trulia receives this listing from ListHub, a third party listing provider. As part of Trulia's syndication agreement with ListHub, Trulia has agreed to limit data edits on core fields (e.g. price and status) specified by ListHub."
This means when a participating agent sees an obvious error such as status, price, number of rooms , square feet, you know, those things directly related to value, they can not be corrected! Agents can add meaningless stuff like the color of the carpet.
The byproduct of data for which there is not accountability is consumers spending their precious time pursuing the illusion of homes for sale/rent, and chasing the vapors of home sold long ago.
Your source of reliable, timely, accurate, relevant, comprehensive, accountable data is the local multiple listing service. Contact and agent or broker to receive FREE access.
Best of success to you,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
718 915 2855
But this websites can not eliminate o replace the real estate agents. Ideally, this sites are designated to give you information regarding the properties that you select, save time and even help you to find the right real estate professional that can give more accurate details in those propeties. A few years ago, you did not have access to a world originally reserved for a real estate elite.
Best of Luck,
Century 21 Tenace
You need to hire a Realtor that will set you up to receive active listings everyday. Zillow and Trulia are wonderful resources, but can be delayed in information.
I can set you up on my client preferred program that will alert you of listings BEFORE they hit the market and for the other listings the same day they hit the market so that you are not wasting time browsing different websites.....
Licensed Realtor in NJ and GA
Websites can be a valuable tool in helping you see what is out there and comparing properties and rental units, but it is always best to work one-to-one with an agent that represents only your needs and interests. You'll be far better off in the long run.
I hope this helps. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.
Andres Garcia - Sales Associate, CDPE - RE/MAX Gold Coast Realty
56 Newark Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030 - Direct: 201 795-5200 x340 - Mbl: 201 677-2211