Best place to start is to hire an Exclusive Buyer Agent to represent you. EBAs represent home buyers only, and work to get you the best price and most favorable terms. You can go to NAEBA.org for a referral to an EBA in your area.
I'm an EBA and I wrote a book called "Buying a Home: Don't Let Them Make a Monkey Out of You". It will be the best $6 you've ever spent. Follow the link below.
Best of luck!
Trulia is a popular destination site; however, Trulia IS NOT a true MLS; they are a MLS Data Syndicator. If you want true status/property accuracy (in 15 minute intervals) see:
MLS Data Accuracy â€“ Where to search if youâ€™re â€œwithout RealtorÂ®â€
You can most certainly rely on Realtor.com, but personally it's hard to beat the convenience of a RealtorÂ®-created automated MLS search agent delivering candidate properties to your inbox as they become available.
I really do not understand why your RealtorÂ® has not done so already.
I want to preface these comments with I'm a REALTOR not an employee nor a paid advertiser on Trulia. My clients call me repeatedly and ask me about a house they found on Trulia and MANY other sites.
Trulia is a clearing house for real estate activity - not just listings for properties for sale. Whenever a property goes into foreclosure, or other real estate activity is done on a property it triggers a new feed to the "real estate sites".
Now I've found that there are times that a homeowner has placed their home in a site where they are selling it themselves - For sale By Owner and that feed is picked up by Trulia (this is an infrequent occurrence).
Trulia has a purpose - and not to defend or offend Trulia - but when you are looking to purchase a home, it is important to follow your agent's advice and use an agent who belongs to the appropriate MLS (or MLS's) where THEIR website or their company site allows you to see actual Active available listings for sale, instead of using these other "real estate sites" to find Active listings.
I hope that this information is of value - and I feel your frustration, I wrote offer #22 for a client today, I know how it feels. Be patient, listen to your agent, make sure you seek out effective guidance, and I wish you all the best in your home search.
Tamara Stoebe, REALTOR
More than likely your agent is the problem. As far as my neighborhood in Rosamond goes: Trulia is fairly accurate. I bought in Rosamond a little over a year ago and in the process got fed up with the agents run-around. Put an offer in on a house and the house sold for less than my offer? No one can explain that to me. I put another offer in on a different property and it was accepted. Then the seller just changed their mind and backed out a week later. All their paper work is useless and toothless. My credit was good and I had down payment$$$, I would have thought I was a realtors dream. I quickly learned not to expect any more professionalism from a realtor than you would from a used car salesman. Keller Williams is the worst as far as I know. Avoid them like the plague. I ended up buying a new house just to get rid of the hassle of dealing with realtors.
Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Your Realtor can and should be able to help fill in any gaps. Best of luck with your search.