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Zhen, Home Buyer in Greenmeadow, Palo Alto...

trulia homes for sale listing is so outdated, I end up wasting a lot of time on it. Anybody find it useful in anyway?

Asked by Zhen, Greenmeadow, Palo Alto, CA Fri Feb 5, 2010

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You need to use a real time listing service. You can use most agent's IDX sites, or
If you want to use a site that does not require registration you can use my website
Click on search for properties and you can put in your parameters. If you want to get listing alerts you can also sign up, but you will have to register. However, if you do I will not hound you. Just let me know if you have any questions. This IDX sites are linked to the realtors' listing service which is updated in real time and will not give you listings that are either not for sale, or sold months ago.
Marcy Moyer
DRE 01191194
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 5, 2010
Hi Zhen,

Welcome to Trulia and thank you for your post. I'm sorry to hear that you're finding our listing information in your area outdated. I encourage you to report any listing errors that you find to us using the 'Report an error' link that you'll find on the right side of each property details page. Those reports will be sent directly to our Customer Service team so they can investigate and correct those errors.

Data quality is an important issue to us and we're constantly working with our listing providers to improve the accuracy and timeliness of our listing updates. Thank you for your patience in the meantime and please let us know if you have any other suggestions or feedback to share with us.

@ Terri - I see that you spoke with one of our Customer Service team members today. I hope that your listing issues have been resolved and encourage you to contact us again if not.

Best Wishes,

Emily Gibson
Community Moderator
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 10, 2010
Trulia listings come from several resources, first is a feed from the Broker office and the other direct input from the agent. The listing posted here really are for advertisement. For example, I have a listing that is priced wrong and I've been attempting to have Trulia fix it for 3 days, it's yet to be fixed.

It is best to go directly to the source, as other agents have shared or when you select an agent they can send you listings direct. My website (and I'm sure other Trulia members as well) has a feature for which the buyer can search like an agent and they don't have to register to look.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 6, 2010
Hi Zhen,
The others have given you a good web site to use, but if you want a personalized search that is up to date on tha listing that are available, along with updates on price changes and alerts to new listings just log onto my web site and put in the criteria that you are interested in and go from there.
If you need any help feel free to contact me.
DRE# 01397256
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 6, 2010
Hi Zhen,
You have a better chance with an agent.
If you dont want to get aligned with an agent then try

Harold Sharpe
So Cal Homes Realty
(951) 821-8211
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 5, 2010
See if you can connect with a Realtor in Palo Alto who can give you access to the local MLS.This will enhance your search.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 5, 2010
Trulia is useful in many ways but--as the others here have already said--it shouldn't be your only choice for searching for homes for sale. If you're really serious, use a local Realtor and have him/her set up an automated search for you. See Dan's comments. Then, if you have specific questions about a specific property, contact your Realtor. For more general questions, for questions about the general area, for questions about the process of buying or selling a home, Trulia is very good. But for specific questions about specific properties--or to find those specific properties in the first place--deal with a Realtor in your area. Trulia can and should save you a lot of time, not waste it.

Hope that helps.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 5, 2010
Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Burke, VA
I agree with several of the agents here that your best resource is, which is the public website for the local realtors MLS - multiple listing service. You can also sign up on individual agent websites for email alerts or on a brokerage site directly such as I'm sure other brokerage companies have that option as well.
Best of Luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 5, 2010
To obtain 100% current and verified info without any obligation to anyone use for the whole country, or for most of the S/F Bay Area.
You can get this same information from any savvy Agent but may prefer to stay anonymous while doing your homework.
These are the public gateways to the Realtors M.L.S. data base and are updated in real time. ALL other "Home Finder" websites are based on avertising, which means they need to generate "click throughs". Therefore there is no obligation or motivation to keep them up to date.
Good luck,
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 5, 2010
Hi Zhen,
There are a few options for you, but you really need to choose one that's updated in real time as Marcy says. is real-time, as is

You can also use my direct feed at without signing up, and I wont harrass you either :)

Trulia is useful for people like yourself who have questions, and it also provides statistics and information as well as the listings. The property listings, however, do often take time to show up and be removed.
Good luck with your search!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 5, 2010
I am getting updates daily per my specifications from

I chose places, distance from the center, price, lot size, bedrooms and more.

I also found the listings here not as desirable as could be expected. is not perfect either. It is based on realtors listings and sometimes they repost a listing as new when it fact it is an old listing I have seen many times before. Also, lot size can be very wrong.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 5, 2010
Dear Zhen,

If you are looking for purchase a home the best way to get access is to use a realtor who can get you connected to the MLS receiving real-time listing as they get listed via your email. In addition, your agent can get more detailed information about the property once you have found some you like. I have found that most of the free/paid services are not as accurate as the MLS.

Good luck,

Eric Voorheis
Century21 Alpha
DRE# 01820585
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 5, 2010
It is always best contact a Realtor provide your specifications, lender approval amount.

Agent can place you on an automatic alert, saves you time , and you receive more homes based on what you are searching for, active on the market.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 5, 2010
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