Correct me if I am wrong, but it doesn't appear as though you have any subdivsion or lots ready to build on - only the offer of potential models/plans to use on someone else's lot.
Isn't that a bit misleading?
I see no reason why a builder can't advertise their services, but to claim 36 listings and then the small print says the photos are for 'illustrative purposes" only seems like a misrepresentation to me.
Just my opinion...but..........
It's not a "listing" if it doesn't exist.
Floorplans aren't listings.
Not sure how trulia views this.
Maybe we will soon find out.
In my opinion what you are doing is unethical (possibly bait and switch and illegal) and if you were a REALTOR, I'd already have you in front of the board. Go to the main search page and type in 23606... It's an old area of Newport News where lots aren't often available and when they are they are very expensive.
You feature your non-existent homes in 23606 (I think you feature them everywhere, because it's similar no matter what zipcode). This makes 13 of 15 listings on the first page of the search your fake listings. If someone calls you up to get a new house in 23606 for $356,900 (http://www.trulia.com/property/3020683771--Simon-Elite-2700- ), you can't possibly deliver anything close to that because the cheapest lot is $189,900. So let's subtract that lot price from your ad price and we're left with $167,000... Are you telling me you can build a brick front 2,700 sqft. home for $61.86 a sqft.?
No, you can't, so how is that not misleading? Oh wait, because you have this line if they click further in the description, "Also, most advertising includes estimated lot price, but this home price may not include land cost as it may be a build on your lot custom home program. Lots are not always available in all subdivisions for these open listings"... your tacticts are deplorable and I really don't understand how Trulia doesn't see this as decreasing the validity of the site. (it has to mess with their valuation algorithm as well)
Want to not spam or mislead Brian? Run banner ads and side ads for new construction, build on your lot... and use realistic prices. Don't adveritse like you have ready made houses for sale.
Again, I apologize that my ads were misunderstood and considered SPAM. That is NOT my intention.
Thank you for bringing this to our attention. I've alerted our data team about this and they are investigating the issue.
While we do allow for the submission of new construction listings that are not posted in the MLS, we don't permit listing submissions for homes that don't exist. If you encounter any specific listings that you believe fall under the latter description, please use the flag icon under the listing photos to report the listing to us.
There is a button you can press when viewing these ads that will notify Trulia that the add is inappropriate or Spam.
If you bring it to Trulia's attention - they often intervene.
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