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anitalynnbar…, Home Buyer in Prescott, AZ

Why are homes with sales pending, not listed as such on Trulia? More accurage info on Trulia by the listing agents would be most helpful.

Asked by anitalynnbarnett, Prescott, AZ Fri Dec 7, 2012

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Hi Anita, thanks for your question.

Luther hit on the subject. Many agents simply aren't technology savvy. They depend on websites to do the bulk of the work for them. Very few agents put the time into correcting information out there on the web. However the fault is not entirely on the agents. Zillow is famous for keeping every piece of data, whether accurate or not, on its site forever. This tactic allows for huge amounts of data to indexable by search engines, but is also misleading.

The technology is getting better each week. Programmers are writing in new code to reflect proper status and information changes on the local MLS feeds.

As an agent, you have to pick your battles. There are thousands of websites picking up the data we input into our system. Sometimes those sites are on top of it... percentage-wise, most are not.

Take it from a guy who built these systems for many years. It's a daunting task.
10 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 27, 2014
The way technology works there are sometimes flaws. This is a case in point; the MLS is the location that listings are input and changed and everything on the internet is fed from there. So, when a realtor changes a listing in the MLS it is syndicated to the rest of the sites that host homes on the internet. Unless the agent were to change and correct every site there are going to be differences.

The other reason may be that until a listing is actually recorded it is still available for back up offers. The MLS or a REALTOR is always the best route for obtaining accurate data.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Dec 8, 2012
Listing agents have an obligation to the seller to get the property sold. Until it is closed it is usually available for another offer. If you where selling you might be upset to see "Sold" or "pending" on a contract that is usually contingent on inspections, appraisal, well results, survey results, CC&r reviews.....the list goes on and on.
The point is that sellers expect list agents to MARKET the home until it is sold. That is why you need an agent all your own, Buyer's agents can tell you what properties are pending sale, also the ones even if pending still may be worth placing a back up offer.
If you would like personalized service please call or visit us online.
also our site at http://www.everythingprescott.com will show pending or under contract on the listing.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Dec 7, 2012
The MLS feed is slow to cycle through and update, not always agents fault.....
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Dec 7, 2012
Thanks for the input on Trulia's downside. It appears that if realtors across the board would protest as a group, there would be leverage for increased accuracy. OK...I'll stick with the MLS!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Dec 7, 2012
Trulia pulls what is called an IDX feed directly from individual MLS's across the country. How and what they choose to display and how often they update is entirely up to Trulia. We as agents have no say. Trulia, Zillow, Realtor.com, etc. are not the MLS and are not MLS access. This is a misconception that a lot of the general public has. If you want true, up to date information the only way to get it is to work with an agent.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Dec 7, 2012
Trulia takes its feed from the various local MLS services ( in Arizona it's ARMLS ) Trulia seems to filter the MLS input and put up only the information Trulia wants ( not the agent ). As an example one of my listings went up on Trulia. I was notified - Trulia emailed me suggesting I review the posting and edit it as necessary. I tried to edit the obvious errors on the Trulia posting but to no avail......My corrections were never posted. I sent an email to Trulia asking for help. STILL WAITING FOR AN ANSWER FROM TRULIA. Moral of the story....don't be quick to blame the listing agents for TRULIA's omissions and BOO BOOs.....Why doesn't TRULIA want the sale pending posted .....you'll have to ask them.
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