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Donna Seelig, Home Buyer in Harper Woods, MI

I'm disappointed that Trulia is completely off on their estimate of taxes and insurance. It made a $300 difference in my case.

Asked by Donna Seelig, Harper Woods, MI Mon Aug 12, 2013

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Are you suggesting the folks in Harper Woods MI are using entertainment sites like Trulia and Zillow for making real estate decisions? Are you of the belief that "If it's on the internet it must be true?" Did you read the disclaimers (the fine print) regarding the information they publish? If you had, you would not have a question.
Further, you would have followed the direction provided and allowed yourself access to reliable, accurate, relevant, current and comprehensive data. Just a brief survey of the Q&A forum would have revealed data on aggregate websites, not just Truila is fabricated, outdated and often blatantly incorrect.
You should not feel badly. Even the President of the United States fell for the deception of aggregare websites and participated on Zillow believing it to be a real estate website. Do you think HE will rely on Trulia or Zillow when it's time to vacate 1600 Pennsylvania Ave?
2 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 12, 2013
Everyone knows that most of the information online is inaccurate. Why would you listen to an online site instead of getting the facts from your Realtor, the home sellers or the taxing authority. Don't blame Trulia or any online service, blame yourself for not going to an authority.

Kathy Persha, Associate Broker
Keller Williams Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 12, 2013
Why are you relying on online estimates; keep in mind that some of the information be inaccurate nor updated....
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 12, 2013
If the info was free don't get disappointed, get over it
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 12, 2013
Trulia, along with Zillow, state right upfront that their estimates are just that... "estimates"... and that they are based on algorithms and tax records only.

They have not visited the properties, nor verified any of the information. They have no idea if any of the information on the tax records is accurate (and gosh... who ever heard of a governmental agency posting incorrect information?).

Anyone who used Trulia's information to make a financial decision is doing it the lazy way, instead of doing the appropriate fact-checking. You're directing your disappointment at the wrong entity.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 12, 2013
Alan May, Real Estate Pro in Evanston, IL
more than well put Annette!!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 12, 2013
Do not or ever depend on a Real Estate Website for an estimate. Rather a Real Estate Appraiser or Professional.
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