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Trulia is an aggregator of listing data. It is not an multiple listing service (mls) database. Trulia gets their data from a myriad of sources. Sometimes agents add their own listings. Sometimes Trulia has subscription agreements with different brokerage firms. There may even be a few mls's with which Trulia subscribes for the data.
I suggest you think of Trulia as a place to get a feel for the market and to get your real estate questions answered. if you want the complete data for a given mls, I suggest you go directly to a local brokerage firm's website. Now, whether or not all the listings from all the different companies will show on a given brokerage firm's or agent's website depends on the business rules of the given mls.
In the Northwest MLS (which covers 21+ counties in Washington), brokers share all their data because of the business rules of the Northwest MLS. So, you will have the best opportunity to find exactly what you are looking for if you connect with a good, professional agent who will meet with you for a consultation and then can set up a search for you and can send you daily updates.
My own website, http://www.karenmcknight.com , has a search that includes all northwest mls listings in the greater Seattle area, if you would like a site that has complete data. You just click on the Property Search button and a map interface opens.
Also, if you decide you want to do more than just look, the first step is to talk with a real estate broker about introducing you to a great lender. Today's lending environment requires that you work with a knowledgeable, experienced lender. If you would like, I can recommend some of the best lenders in the Seattle area to you.
Good luck in your search.
Thank you for bringing this to our attention. As others have already said, Trulia does not have listing information for all properties that may be listed in the MLS. We apologize for the inconvenience and for your disappointment.
However I do want to encourage you to search for properties also by address and not just MLS number. Some sites that syndicate property information to us do not include MLS numbers, so we may actually have the properties you are looking for.
I hope this suggestion is helpful. Please let us know if you have any other feedback or questions for us.
If your local MLS has internet access for the public, that also is a good source of reliable information.
Sites like trulia , zillow and others often rely on agents inputting their listings manually...... information can be unreliable.
I would suggest that as a buyer, you Google every agent that responds to your question here on Trulia, learn as much as you can about who they are online, read their client testimonials, so you know what their clients are saying about them, and then give us each a call and just ask us why we think you should work with us instead of another agent. This will take you a few hours to do, but will be time well spent, as choosing the right agent is the first step towards choosing the right home. Then, pick the best fit for you and let them go to work for you with the skill and knowledge that they have. I hope to hear from you soon.
Trulia has good info, but not all MLS listings in NWMLS appear here. Trulia listings are syndicated, which means fed through other sites like Postlets or specific offices. Those that do appear here are not updated the same as on other sites that are fed by NWMLS so they may appear inactive and still be active.
Check with Trulia for good advice and trends, but the main local company sites will be more complete.
My advise is to check out the broker sites and pick the one or ones you like the user inter-phase and then look at the others for the "for sale by owners" and other educational resources.
Also, enlist the help of a Broker before you think you need them. My wife and I saw a house two years out of college in 1996. If we would have talked in detail with the agent and learned how easily we would have qualified, we would have purchased four years earlier and reaped a whole lot of equity.
If you or someone you know would like help with Real Estate, please give me a call.
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