Great question...one I am asked very routinely. "If the property is sold, why is it still on Trulia?"
Trulia, Zillow, Backpage and dozens and dozens of other web sites carry real estate listings for areas all over the country. Those sites are NOT owned and run by REALTORSÂ® or their respective Boards. They are for-profit entities who get their data from a variety of private and public sources. They exist to create web site traffic that they can then use to sell advertising. (Look at the column on the right side of this page. Those ads are paid for based upon how many people look at Trulia pages.)
Most significantly, the data they present is RARELY CURRENT. They may refresh their content daily or weekly, but the data they pull is most often not coming directly from the BOard feed, but some other third party which the agent may or may not ba able to control. Further, some companies like RealtyTrac post listings for properties which are not even available for purchase, but are somewhere in the stages of foreclosure.
Your absolutely best bet is to hire an agent whom you trust. When she tells you the property is pending, sold, or if they're accepting bakcup offers, believe what she says. If you can't trust your agent, find one you can.
Good luck in your search.
Principal Broker, REALTORÂ®
MacDuff Realty Group