Problem solved.... I agree if and when a property shows up as for sale, but really is not
very confusing...... if for sale on Trulia you should easily see the contact info for the listing agent!
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If you're upset about this, maybe it's because you're in default on your loan & your home is being blasted here on Trulia as being in default.
I can help you! You should strongly consider doing a short sale before the Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Act expires at the end of this year if you're terribly upside down.
I wouldn't be posting this answer if the banks actually gave a gosh darn about REALLY helping homeowners through loan modifications, which they ARE NOT 98% of the time. Thanks to this being public information I can reach out & help homeowners in distress. No, I'm not a vulture.
Shoot me an email directly if you'd like to talk to me some more. I don't look back on this same Trulia thread for answers posted after mine.
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I believe the sites like Trulia and others mentioned previously can state this information because it is in the public domain. If a property owner is unfortunately in trouble and a Notice of Default (NOD) is filed then Trulia is providing that public information, as you mentioned. I agree that this is not good and wish it did not look like a listing (very confusing) but I do not know how to change it.
There are vultures in all fields and there are Realtors that work the distressed market and yes they look at the NOD lists to find potential clients. If they do this with the intentions of helping someone out of the situation they are in or not is unknown to me. Regardless it is a reality.
I know many Realtors that are good at what they do and are in trouble themselves so believe me when I say this economy hit us all hard, Realtors too. We have the same bills and maybe more (ie. additional car insurance, pay own medical and retirement (what's retirement), etc....
I hope you are doing OK in these hard economic times we are all in but if you have a gripe and its economy related you can voice your opinion at the ballot box this November. Write your congressman or something since I don't know what writing this post here will do other than make you feel better. Public information is just that, public.
Brian Wilson, Realtor