I have a realtor who I am working with and who is very helpful. It would be more efficient if I had the information in front of me so that I can discuss it with her and ask her those questions that are relevant instead of going back and forth and taking up my time as well as hers. She does send me the MLS listings once I show an interest in a property. I live across country from where I would like to move to so often I have many questions re: a particular neighborhood or area to include the surrounding area.
Trulia provides a very valuable service in that I can see and review many various listings from real estate agencies instead of going to one realtor's website only or having to go to several real estate agencies websites -- once again very time consuming. It is most helpful that Trulia can consolidate information from many RE agencies into one website.
Your observation is quite accurate.
However, the real problem is more comparable to you looking to buy a Volkswagon on the Toyata lot.
Yes, you might see a trade in or two, but now a good selection of Volkswagons.
That what happens when you choose to use sites like TRULIA instead of professional real estate sites.
REALTORS DO provide lots sizes, hoa fees, age or pet restriction and a whole lot of other data.
You have chosen to use a website that removes. changes or suppresses that data.
You may want to change your process to use professional sites like http://www.REMAX.com or call a local REALTOR for access to the Multiple Lisitng Sevice.
The REALTOR has made the information available, all you need to do is go where it has been placed for your benefit.