I find that when I work directly with agents, they set up an automatic search criteria that may or may not include what I've asked for. For instance, she's got the price range correct, but the types of homes miss the mark more often than not.
I've requested no HOA properties, no mobile homes and yet the majority that are sent to me daiily are EXACTLY those homes. And no matter how often I've asked her to redo the criteria for the search, I keep getting the same ones. And when I've shown interest in a particular property, she doesn't respond at all most of the time. And I've lost my ability to put offers in on the homes that I've been most interested in because of this problem. But ALL of the agents that I've worked with have been the same; so at this point, I do a lot of my own seaching because I can't rely on ANY agent so far.
Is Zillow always right? Doubtful! Are they always wrong? Also very doubtful!
But not sure how a Zillow discussion got started on Trulia's feedback forum....
Sites value are determined by their consumrer usuage levels. Yes Realty Trac and other "foreclosure" sites often use a lis penden (lien) filed in the public records as a determining factor for a foreclosure...even though the house may not be on the market and may never be. Flawed logic, but there are lots of sites out there with "flawed logic"
I am always amazed at how many people think Zillow estimates are valid...when they are base on proximity to other houses sold and square footage without regard to neighborhood value, construction, upgrades etc. To me that's like a auto dealers parking lot. Just because a Ford Focus is parked next to a Lexus...it's sticker price and value do not go up...nor should the Lexus go down. Yet if people see a value they like in Zillow they want to believe it ( if it works in their favor).
Most of the websites out there are getting their information from the local MLS. Some update regular, some rely on agents to update their own listings after the initial upload. Basically you will get your most accurate and up to date information from your professional realtor, who should be checking daily. If you like checking around on your own too, have you agent verify the discrepancies for you. As another agent stated- agents only get paid when the job is done. If you have someone you are comfortable with, stick with them. It is a two way street. You should be as loyal to your agent as you want them to be to you. I feel an informed client makes the best decisions regarding their real estate needs. Good luck with your search.
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I am glad that you are working with an agent. I would encourage you to meet with your agent and go over your home buying needs again. Regretfully not all the listings on the site and many others are up to date on there status. So you might even find something on here that you love only to find out it was sold 2 months ago. Trust your agent to work for you or get a new agent.
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Keller Williams Gulfside Realty
Your expression seems to be the outcome of spending time, effort, energy and resources chasing vapors. Seems you are becoming serious about you home search now.
You need reliable, accurate, relevant, dependable, timely data if you hope to find 'the home' everyone else is looking for also. You need to get ahead of the information curve. Aggregate websites are the opposite of 'ahead of the information curve."
Contact a real estate professional who serves the area of your interest. They can provide you access to the local multiple listing service, the only source of reliable, timely, accurate, relevant real estate information. (INCLUDING FORECLOSURES YOU CAN ACTUALLY BUY) Be sure to have a discussion regarding your purchase intentions, requirements and means of purchase. It a working relationship that requires trust on both sides. After all, the real estate professional, according to published industry reports, will be committing from 47 to 80 hours on your behalf. They should also have some trust you will follow through also.
Best of success in finding your Largo Home.
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group, Palm Harbor, FL
if you know the city/area you want to live in, may I recommend contacting a local real estate professional who could send you "active" listings of homes that match your search criteria (e.g. # of bedrooms/bathrooms, size, etc.).
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Just like everyone has already mentioned it pays some of the bill. However, the site is still a great source information and many people use it as a starting point in they're home search process. I would personally recommend but if you are serious in your home search process that you begin working with an agent. If you are interested in a buyer consultation please feel free to give me a call. best of luck in your search.
Real Estate Consultant
Keller Williams Gulfside Realty
I believe TRULIA should be allowed to do whatever they want and make money from their own website! They are not some government Not For Profit business!
My Gosh, look at what a great website they are providing for everyone to use!
In fact, everyone that uses Trulia's site should buy some type of adverting from them to help them, keep helping you!
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