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Djcarroll, Home Buyer in 46228

What is it with Realty Trac? Are these bogus listing or a typical come on with no real informative value?

Asked by Djcarroll, 46228 Mon Mar 22, 2010

Realty Trac is a 'pay for access' site with apparently aggressive marketing paradigm. Wish I could exclude them from my searches but that does not appear to be a trulia option

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RealtyTrac posts notices of foreclosure actions like lis pendens filings on Trulia. These are not homes for sale, but rather notices of legal action against a home.

My issue with RealtyTrac is that these postings are very confusing as consumers think that they can buy a home for the value of the lis pendens filing amount. RealtyTrac posts these confusing notices to lure you into signing up for their fee-based service.

Here is a free resource that is updated daily with Fort Myers foreclosure listings:

Good luck with your search!
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 22, 2010
RealtyTrac tracks all foreclosure filings in the country through all stages - from first lender filing to actual foreclosure. The values represented are nowhere near accurate; some loans are second liens or home equity lines, others are first mortgages.

Trulia, as great as it is, does not have accurate information regarding active property either. Information is manually uploaded so it depends on the agent to keep everything up to date. Listingbook is a really neat tool that pulls directly from the MLS so you'll be able to see which properties are available and those that have sold or gone pending. Tax/community info is also available on Listingbook. Check it out for free -

Best of luck,

Danielle Sharp
Sharp Homes
Cell 248.207.4445
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 22, 2010
Try using another search site. I will offer you two different ones, the first has a few more bells and whistles: and the other is perhaps a little more user friendly: www.

Best Regards,

1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 22, 2010
Realty Trac is more or less a report on properties in trouble with the lender. Many of the properties here are not for sale. If I were you, I would write to Trulia Customer Service and ask that Realty Trac properties be excluded from the site. I have had buyers subscribe to Realty Trac and then be suprised that they can not see the properties because they are not on the market.

Thanks for a good question.

Debbie Albert
Coldwell Banker Residential
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 22, 2010
You are right... The information that is being broadcast by RT is very deceptive and confusing. Perhaps the service is wothwhile and valuable- once you pay for the information.

There should be some rules in place to eliminate this kind of blatant misinformation.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 22, 2010
Thanks to all of you!! Not only did you answer my question but y'all provided additional resources and confirmed my value of Realty Trac's value, ;). My estimation of Real Estate professionals continues to grow. And, I did email Trulia last night and will follow up with a letter.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 22, 2010
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