If you're doing For Sale by Owner, you need to understand that many agents pay monthly subscription fees to Trulia, Zillow and other real estate websites. Agents pay the fees to advertise themselves and to gain prospective leads from buyers contacting them. The majority of buyers do their real estate search online, so its only natural that agents advertise online. In return, these websites give the agents advertising space on X number of listings they pay for - including yours. You have no control over this. At this time, Trulia receives listings directly from the MLS & 3rd party websites - but not from For Sale by Owners, so I'm wondering how you posted your listing. For Sale by Owners have to visit a different website that posts to Trulia. Zillow.com allows For Sale by Owners to post directly to Zillow and Zillow now owns Trulia too.
As for comparing your home to others that have nothing in common - understand that both Zillow and Trulia use automated valuation models to create their estimates. The estimates are rarely accurate and is primarily used for marketing purposes for both Trulia and Zillow. The estimates are based on county public records and do NOT include condition of home, neighborhood facts that buyers would take into account, any upgrades or lack of, any exterior additions that are not in county public records and many other factors.... more
I am a real estate agent and a recent buyer. I use Trulia and Zillow. And now started using Redfin. There is also Craigslist. But I used Trulia as a source to find my new home, because the info is easier to look and understand compared to others.
Thank you for your valuable time!
Oleg Volfman, CBR, RSSP
Lic. RE Agent, Office Manager
Quick Deal Realty, Inc
Yes Seth, Huntington Township is a great place to live and raise a family. I liken it to Hoboken, Park Slope, with great culture, nature, etc. There are definately properties for sale under $600, as well as various locations and styles of homes to chose from. The Huntington train is has express trains and takes about 1 hour to NYC. I am a certified Relocation Realtor and would be happy to answer any of your questions, or give you a tour of the areas and villages that encompass Huntington. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by cell at 631.987.0165... more
You should contact the broker/owner of the Listing agent's office as it seems they are using your offer to increase an offer by one of their buyers. If they do not get back to you, have your agent contact the Board in your area and they will ensure that your offer is presented and you get a counter.
NY state Associate Broker
Keller Williams Landmark II
Zillow is a valuable comparative tool - unless you ask a broker. I think it gives a reasonable indication of real estate trends and access to current and historical transactional details. Not diminishing the value of a broker, but they doth protest too much.
As far as a home on Ft. Salonga Road in Northport - commercial development in the area may have an impact on the pricing, depending on where it is. Also, there's a seasonal factor as the traffic, folliage, etc. changes and homes become more or less appealing based on those seasonal factors.... more