Agent: "Yes you will."
Customer "I know"
Trulia gets their open house data from the MLS, which is input by the listing agent. Sometimes I advertise my listings as open and then no open happens. Why? Because something else came up. Because the site agent I hired got a flat tire. Because one of my clients called and needs something. Because the seller broke her ankle and cancelled the open. Because LIFE happened. Sitting at an open house is probably the LEAST important thing I will ever do. Open houses are generally designed to pacify a seller and get new clients for MYSELF.
If you want to see houses for sale then I respectfully suggest you have your agent take you to these houses. I do understand that it's really irritating to get to an open house and find it not "open" but honestly, the internet has sort of taken the place of much of what these open houses were for.
It's not Trulia's fault, they are not the scheduling center for the world's open houses. Get a buyer's agent to work with you. There's a whole bunch of us on this page to choose from.
If we post an Open House on Wednesday, get an offer accepted on Friday, we may or may not pull our open house notices from all the various websites, c'est la vie. And, then again, maybe we will.
As a very practical matter, you should confirm the open house with a phone call to the agent, or else, you takes your chances.
As Celine Dion famously sang, that's the way it is.
My guess is though that you're looking in a price range that is within that of people using the $8,000 first time homebuyer tax credit. Those houses go fast, at least the decent ones, and the open house may have simply been canceled because there's a pending offer on the property. My wife is an agent too and she's had weeks where three of the five properties she's selected to show her client have gone off the market before the weekend when the client could look.
If you are in that market you probably cannot wait for open houses, and not even wait for the weekend to look. Also, if you are not only in that market, but wanting the credit, the deadline to close is November 30, 2009, and so you're running out of time to find a place.
Trulia offers this service to agents and prospective buyers and has not control over the level of professionalism that follows.
Our recommendation is, that if this aspect of Trulia is not working for you....avoid using IT. But to STOP using the entire system.....just doesn't seem to make good sense, especially if everything else is working fine.
I'm sure your concerns will be heard.........
Trulia is an aggregator of data. The Aggregation phenomenon is new and Aggregators only dowload data two or three timesper week. Teh real estate market changes hourly. Homes sell, are taken off the market, and open houses are cancelled because of this.
Trulia has relationships with some brokers, but not all brokers, so Trulia gets its data from a variety of places. As is true of all internet home searching, it is a source to get a picture of what is happening in general in the real estate market. It is not your best source to actually find a home to purchase.
If you are truly interested in purchasing, you will best use your time if you create a working relationship with a knowledgeable and full service real estate agent. Real estate agents, through their brokerages, have access to up to the minute, 100% complete data and many real estate agents have systems set up to find you the properites that best fit your needs.
I recommmend working with a Realtor (not all agents are Realtors) because they subscribe to a code of ethics. A CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) Realtor is a Designation achieved by only 4% of the Realtors, so if you find a CRS, you find an agent that has put time and expense into their professional career. A professional Realtor will even take you around in their car to see the best homes for you.
Also, if you decide you are ready to purchase, a full service agent will recommend great lenders. I recommend lenders who have gotten extra training as Mortgage Consultants.
Feel free to sign up at my web site for a search that will update you daily on houses that fit your parameters.
There really is no need for you to rely on advertised open houses to view prospective properties. If you interview and select an agent of your own s/he can arrange appointments and a touring schedule that is convenient to your calendar. This is a very important 'strategy' if you are shopping in the
Your best bet is to work with your Buyer's Agent to coordinate showings. If you're not yet at that stage, you're just going to have to drive through neighborhoods you like every Sunday from 1-4.