Ron, you wrote in this thread:
"It is the Agent's responsibility to update it; not Trulia's."
NOTHING is further from the truth. The AGENT did not place their listing on Trulia just as they did not place their listing on Zillow or Homes or RealEstate or Homes&Garden or the hundreds if not thousands of aggregarte websites. But you willl find their listing on these sites! Are you advocating an AGENT is responsible to visit the HUNDREDS of aggregate websites to correct the misrepresentation of their data by sites who are using the data without the agents consent?
The problem that exists is primarily due to the failure of participating agents to advise aggregate website users (especially those famous for faulty data such as Zillow and Trulia) these sites are for ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY! As long as Realty Trac is displaying data, integrity of data can not exist. IT IS NOT THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE AGENT to correct faulty data. The community of professionals, if any care, should serve to advise these users of the peril to which they are exposed and migrate them to reliable data sources.
Of course, I am very much aware, many aggregate web sites users are unteachable and when their ship hits the rocks, after plowing through all the warning signs, will look for someone else to blame. As Barry has discovered...it is the aggregate websites themselves who are responsible and NO ONE ELSE!
The agent is responsible for entering correct data in their local MLS.
Aggregate websites can and DO change that data. For instance, the information regarding contacting the most knowledgeable professional regarding that property is REMOVED. In nearly every case, other agents are presented in a fashion easily mistaken by consumers as the listing agent. Some properties, appearing as listings, will show computer generated data in the description field. In others cases data entered by the agent can be replaced by other feed sources. An agent who had a listing a year ago may find this property listed for sale this year. As the question submitter observed, the listing can be completely fabricated!
Maybe you can answer the question regarding which data has precedence, tax records showing a home with 1200 SF or data from the MLS showing 1700 SF? How often then would an agent be required to visit the THOUSANDS of aggregate websites to keep the listing from being overwritten by public data sources? The notion an agent can, even if they desired to, maintain the data integrity over hundreds if not thousands of aggregate websites indicates the expansive reach of this problem is not well understood.
Be aware the questioner posted a question regarding data appearing on Trulia, an aggregate website, not data appearing in the local MLS, where data integrity is monitored and enforced.
As the questioner observed, and as others have repeated many times, data integrity on aggregate websites render them useless and this is due to the ACTION of the these aggregate websites and has NO BEARING on the behavior of the real estate professional. The AGENT DID PROVIDE TIMELY< ACCURATE, RELEVANT, data that was changed, suppressed, overwritten or fabricated by these websites. An agent can choose to set up accounts on the Hundreds of aggregate websites and check them weekly (what about the sites they don't know about?) or they can accept they can not spend time cleaning up the mess created by irresponsible parties and choose to be an educator. "If you are serious about making a real estate decision, you need access to serious resources.?
Agents should be seeking a true alternative to irresponsible aggregate websites, direct consumer to that site and advise sellers not to syndicate to organizations who exhibit no concern for data integrity and has a clear process for hierarchical data importing.
It seems however, that will take too much effort. Too many choose to justify misleading the consumer. There is no excuse for websites fabricating data and no place to hide for those who advocate and benefit from such practices.
Hopefully Barry words, "I don't understand why the words "bait and switch" did not appear in any of the answers, but it's no matter. I'll stick with the words "For Sale By Owner" serves as a wake-up call for those who are asleep at the wheel.
Of course I know Truilia does not support FSBO.......at this time.
Thank you for your question. There could be any number of reasons why trulia as well as other Re web sources experience these types of problems. Our recommendation is to view these resources as sources of information....accurate? Not in the least, but a source of information tha will hopefully keep you in the loop.
Your best bet for accurate and reliable information is by being associated with a real estate professional.
La Rosa Realty
The DRUNK kills a kid with his car, and the Car Manufacturer is responsible!
The scociopath shoots seven people from a tower, and he uses the twinkie defense.
The politician has oral sex with the intern, and it's not SEX, but it's HER failt anyway.
At sometime in the near future; the Supreme Court will issue a ruling that simply states; "People are responsible for their actions."
When I take a LISTING; I become RESPONSIBLE ofr that listing: The Sellers will hold me responsible for that Listing. They will sue me if something goes wrong!
I cannot take a LISTING and walk away and say; "I've done my part; I'm through!"
If the information on the Listing is WRONG or INCOMPLETE, it is MY responsability to correct it!
If I am benefiting from the marketing of Trulia and Zillow; I should be looking at it and correcting it.
Yes, they can attach my Listing without my permission: But when I took the Listing, I put it in the PUBLIC DOMAIN, for everyone to see and use. I am RESPONSABLE!
When something is sold ... it should be off the market, period. And I assume this is a marketing tool.
I don't understand why the words "bait and switch" did not appear in any of the answers, but it's no matter. I'll stick with the words "For Sale By Owner".
To get the most up to date it is recommended that you work with a Realtor. Their websites or kept updated through their local MLS. You are also able to register on agents personal webs and they will keep you up dated on the properties of your choice.
Good luck on your search for a new home where ever you or relocating to.
But nobody said it was the definitive work, nor did anyone promise that it would be scrupoulessly be monitored and kept up-to-date: It is the Agent's responsibility to update it; not Trulia's.
If you are frustrated, you should let your Realtor provide you with current information and possibiles.
Good luck and may God bless