Tbodley, Home Buyer in Bessemer, AL

How accurate is Trulia's description?

Asked by Tbodley, Bessemer, AL Wed Jan 18, 2012

I was looking for home values on a home. How accurate is this information on a home I located?>>> This is a Single-Family Home located at 211 Owen Avenue, Bessemer AL. 211 Owen Ave has 3 beds and approximately 1,904 square feet. The average list price for similar homes for sale is $14,856 and the average sales price for similar recently sold homes is $37,000. 211 Owen Ave is in the 35020 ZIP code in Bessemer, AL. The average list price for ZIP code 35020 is $68,699.

I want to know if the average sales price information for recently sold homes courtesy of Trulia is trustworthy or worthless info.

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Trulia is a a way for agents to get their properties out there for the public to see, so all the information is added by individual agents or offices they work for. So in most cases the information should be accurate. I
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The Trulia descriptions are only as good as the agent who listed the property and wrote the description. All of the listing information on Trulia is imported from outside sources.
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Trulia does not write the descriptions that are associated with listings. The description is typically written by the listing agent who's representing the property.

Now, that still doesn't mean it's completely accurate. Some agents are prone to "puffery"... (over selling the property and making it sound nicer than it is)... but Trulia is not responsible.
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Alan May, Real Estate Pro in Evanston, IL
Who is responsible for the data seen on Trulia?
Is there a telephone number you can call to clarification?
Did you read in the TOU how these numbers are derived?

Aggregrate websites are great for entertainment purposes. For those who like chasing vapors, aggreate websites is the place to be. When you are ready to make a decision on home buying or selling you need reliable and accurate data. Your real estate professional can provide you FREE access to the database with the real market data you need. Don't send an email via Truila to an agent, but use the published email address in the agents profile or website or better yet, pick up the phone, you'll be glad you did.
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There is a wide variety of companies that place their property on Trulia and other internet forums of this nature. It's possible that the information you are viewing is accurate but not being portrayed in a completely accurate manner. There are agencies that misrepresent "distressed" property and disclose numbers that do not represent the value/price of the home but the debt associated with it.

With this said, if you are seeing "red flags" and feel the information is too good to be true you should proceed with caution. Likely the best and safest way to access accurate information is via a local real estate professional.

Thank you for posting your question.

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