Harold Bezel…, Other/Just Looking in 94019

Too many mobile homes are being incorrectly listed as single-family, putting irrelevant listings in my searches. Can people please stop doing that?

Asked by Harold Bezeledorfer, 94019 Fri Sep 2, 2011

I am reporting them to Trulia as I see them. Please help me out if you are similarly frustrated.

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I read your answer and appreciated your perspective and comments and it all made perfect sense. Once again I apologize for any misunderstanding but I still don't see why we have to interject such curt and trite remarks along with what was a very civil and mature response.

"But then maybe it's best to refrain from commenting to others how they have used Trulia wrong, when you don't seem to have a concept of how it works."

Now who's being rude?

Perhaps you may want to peruse my profile before making such insulting remarks.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 7, 2011
John,

What was factually incorrect was your insinuating that I was to blame for receiving the faulty search listings. OK, I get it, you are not computer savvy. :-) That's fine. But then maybe it's best to refrain from commenting to others how they have used Trulia wrong, when you don't seem to have a concept of how it works. I can't "delete" the listings that come up in my search because, quite simply, it's not possible for a buyer to "delete" listings in Trulia. The listings need to be categorized correctly, and if they are not, unwanted/unasked for listings will not be filtered out of people's search listings. I already explained in a previous comment that I had set up my search criteria specifically for single-family homes, and not mobile/manufactured homes. I am trying to only get the listings I am interested in using the only tools available to me.

Anyway, this issue is resolved. I have flagged some of the posts in question, which by the way, Trulia has responded saying they are going to categorize these listings appropriately. Here is one of the responses:

Hi,

Thank you for notifying us that we are currently displaying an incorrect listing type for the listing at http://www.trulia.com/property/1090930346-6011-Scotts-Valley…

We have updated the property type. Please allow 24-48hrs for this to update to Trulia.

Cheers,
...

Whatever else you said about manufactured homes, I don't dispute at all. That's great! I just don't really care, because I'm not interested in them.

And one more broad point to add - I never said, or intended to say, that mobile/manufactured homes were invalid, or not "real" homes, or somehow disparage a whole industry. There are beautiful mobile/manufactured homes. They are just in a different category for the purposes of searching and I, personally, as a buyer, am not interested in them. That doesn't mean they might not make wonderful homes for somebody else. I am just saying I want apples and, not oranges. That is not the same thing as saying that I think oranges are bad. If you had a client who had specific criteria in mind for what type of home they wanted to live in, you would try to present them with homes that matched their criteria, and not homes that didn't, right? That's all.

Regards,
Julie
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 6, 2011
John Arendson -

There is so much factually wrong and just plain rude about your post...

1) Please read my other comment - "Yes, I do filter out the mobile homes (supposedly). There is a filter called property type, and I only have single family home selected, mobile/manufactured homes is one of the other choices, and I do not have that box checked. When you look at the listing, it says it's a single family home in the property info, then in the actual property data from the county records, it says, mobile home, and the picture obviously shows a mobile home. It's not Trulia's fault - the listing data is incorrect. I am working with a realtor, too, I just would like to also have my own searches in addition."

2) No, I am not in control of any delete button! LOL... wouldn't that be nice if I had the power to delete listings from Trulia, LOL!!! maybe you need to learn how to use machines.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 6, 2011
Hi Julie,

Thank you for making us aware of this and for already using the 'Report error' button to alert us about particular homes listed incorrectly.

Our team will take a look at our results for Single Family Homes in Scotts Valley to see if we can pinpoint a specific source that is sending us this incorrect data.

Thank you for your patience and assistance while we address this.

Emily Erekuff
Community Moderator.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 6, 2011
Hi Julie,

I just ran a search through Trulia, and I too received the manufactured homes. The homes on Bean Creek are located in a 55+ community but the land is not leased it is similar to a P.U.D. where they pay a small HOA fee. But our MLS systems still classifies them under the Mobile Home category. Either Trulia has a link problem or the agents are posting them on Trulia incorrectly. In either way, it is frustrating.

I would suggest that you have your agent set you up on a direct search feed from the MLS and skip the Trulia search. Then you will receive the listings into your email which fit your search.

All the best to you.
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 2, 2011
Hi Julie,
It frustrates me too, and I'm a real estate broker. LOL. Many times agents use the Single Family Home option to get their properties seen by more people. Not only is it frustrating, it's unethical.

Good luck to you.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 2, 2011
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 22, 2012
Julie, after reading my very straight forward comments to you over again several times I'm scratching my head. What in heavens name was RUDE about my answers? Machines can only do so much thinking for us and I'll admit, in answer to your comment:
"LOL!!! maybe you need to learn how to use machines.",
I indeed have a lot to learn about "MACHINES". My kids call me computer illiterate all the time and I am. I admit it. It's no secret in my family.

But I digress.

Let's put the petiness behind us and move forward. I aplolgize if I offended you in anyway. But would you mind being a little more specific about
"There is so much factually wrong and just plain rude about your post."
OK, I hope the rude part is behind us by now.

But what exactly do you mean when you say that
"There is so much factually wrong"
I'm not being cute or coy here. I really need to know how I seem to be misleading you. What is it that I said that is "FACTUALLY" wrong?

I hope and continue to encourage venues like Trulia, Active Rain, Zillow, etc. to continue to promote today's "Factory Built Housing". As well they should. There's to much mis, if not just plain, dis information about this industry.

If you/ve never had the opportunity to tour a Factory Built home manufactured housing facility I would love to arrange a tour for you to bring any concerns, misconceptions or apprehensions, questions, etc. that you may have about this industry to a head.

Until then I surely hope that these very fine open venues don't build in a delete button that erases what is fast becoming the leading edge in future housing. Modern "Factory", "Modualr", "Manufactured", "Prefab" housing is the highest quality of construction that there is in today's construction industry. And, this comes from a "General" and "Manufactured" housing contractor of almost 3 decades.

Before you say anyting in response to this that may prove embarrassing to you take a few moments to peruse the links I've provided for you just to bring you up to speed about what's going on in today's housing.

http://activerain.com/blogsview/2050924/the-housing-industry…

http://activerain.com/blogsview/1271687/inovations-in-modula…

http://activerain.com/blogsview/2050961/-look-for-a-spike-in…

Now, having said all the above, I'll be the first to jump on the delete the "Rental/lease mobile home parks" with old pre HUD "Trailers". But let's not throw the baby out with the bath water and severe the spinal cord of the entire industry.

BTW, anytime you feel that you have been insulted, offended, treated rudely, etc. you can simply hit he report option in the window and it will go to Trulia support for review. If they indeed think that it's inappropriate behavior they will delete the comment for you. Just a thought. Have a nice day and once again I sincerely aploogize if I offended you in any way.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 6, 2011
Agree with your assessment. In my area we are not allowed to put mobile homes on our MLS system. The owners of these homes do not own the land(considered chattel). Can be listed on company websites as exclusive listings which get little or no exposure.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 6, 2011
OK, here's some facts. a "Planned Urban Development" aka (PUD) or a "Condo Conversion" or a "Converted Sub-Division" is often comprised of "Factory Built Homes" But don' t necessarily confuse these with a "mobile home park/community" where the homes are older and you don't own the property.

Fact: If the "Factory Built" Home was built after June 15, 1976, it is a HUD compliant home. In other words it was built exactly like a site built home and meets the same requirements for financing as long as it's on an engineered and approved foundation system and it has the required California Housing and Community Development Department (HCD) Title 25 required 433a documentation.

Fact: You may get frustrated or become impatient with them popping up on your searches. But truth be known they are valid and viable REAL ESTATE as long as they are in a "Resident Owned Community" and are HUD compliant. So you just have to filter through them with you delete button just like you would any other property. They won't be going away anytime soon.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 2, 2011
It's not "Can people please stop doing that?" You're the one who needs to be a little more specific about your search parameters. If you do get a few "Factory Built" homes from time to time don't let it frustrate you. You have total control of the delete button don't you. I mean come on........Machines can only do so much thinking for us.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 2, 2011
Trulia has limited direct access to some AOR MLS Systems in order to obtain accurate listing information; however, in those areas where Trulia does not have direct access agents are allowed to enter listings directly into Trulia, which I suspect is the cause of Julie’s frustration.

Trulia is now working on launching “Trulia Direct Reference” which checks 20 listing attributes (price, status, etc.) to update and correct listings placed on their site by agents within an AOR where Trulia does not have direct MLS access.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 2, 2011
Yes, I do filter out the mobile homes (supposedly). There is a filter called property type, and I only have single family home selected, mobile/manufactured homes is one of the other choices, and I do not have that box checked. When you look at the listing, it says it's a single family home in the property info, then in the actual property data from the county records, it says, mobile home, and the picture obviously shows a mobile home. It's not Trulia's fault - the listing data is incorrect. I am working with a realtor, too, I just would like to also have my own searches in addition.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 2, 2011
I will ask them if there is a way to filter those mobile homes out on the Trulia web site.
David
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 2, 2011
Julie:

Please see the following post that explains why you are having issues:

"MLS Data Accuracy – Where to search if you’re “without Realtor®”
http://www.trulia.com/blog/steve_ornellas_mba_re_mastersgri/…

Best, Steve
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 2, 2011
Julie
If you would like I can send you homes in the areas that you are searching. The search peramaters in Trulia gathers all homes, I know what you mean about Mobile homes. I can filter those out for you and send properties that are not mobile homes if that would help. Let me know.
David
503-332-6935
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 2, 2011
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