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Marilyn, Home Buyer in 07720

Why isn't there a MLS# search on this site??

Asked by Marilyn, 07720 Sun Jan 6, 2008

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Because the data does not feed from MLS. Trulia obtains content (property listings) as a result of broker and agent submissions via crawls, xml feeds and third party upload/distribution services. Some print publications, as a value added service, feed listings to Trulia from the ad submissions.

Trulia is constantly working to add other sources of content. While Trulia might be able to reach agreement with individual MLSs which might agree to submit a data feed to Trulia's site, such agreements must be negotiated individually and there are hundreds of MLSs across the US.

Each MLS is independent and makes its own decisions.
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Deborah Madey, Real Estate Pro in Red Bank, NJ
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Hi Marilyn,

Thanks for the BA vote! You made my 100th mark. Perhaps that sounds silly, but it comes after 6 months, many hours and 1600 plus questions answered on Trulia! So, Thanks!

As far as the property you mentioned not showing up on Trulia.........it depends upon the feed source that broker/agent is using. We feed our listings to Trulia directly from our company database. We feed our lisitngs to other sites as well, via an XML feed. Our tech staff member has advised that sometimes there has been a delay on Trulia updates, but Trulia updates showing up faster now than before.

We actually have adminstrative staff go in and check various sites on a regular basis to make sure our lisitngs are appearing as they should. We can't check every lsiting,on every site, every day........but, we have different admin staff who each have their list of real estate sites to check. If something is missing on Tulia, or somewhere else, they take it up w/ our tech. Tech checks to make sure that lisitng is showing up on other sites. If the same property is missing on multiple sites, we look further on our end (has only been the case once.) If our lisitng successfully fed to the other sites, we send an alert to Trulia (or whichever site) asking them to look into it.

Realtor.com receives auto feeds from MLSs, but Realtor.com data is usually behind by a few hours to a few days. Realtor.com used to take 2-3 days to update info, but it, too, seems to be much faster now. With a few MLSs, Realtor.com gets updates a few times per day.

If the listing agent for the property that you mentioned is relyiing upon a third party publisher to upload listings to Trulia, it might be that the lisitng has not been advertised yet, or has not made it through the cycle.

For buyers, I typically recommend that they use 3 sources for gathering info from the internet.
1) Broker/Agent site of their choice 2) Realtor.com and 3) Trulia. While Trulia has fewer listings, they have more in-depth data. I can elaborate on benefits and drawbacks for each of the above. The use of these 3 sites, along with any searches of non-represented sellers, has you farily well covered well as a buyer.

Of course, a Realtor will know about properties which are not listed, but available for sale. If and when you are in your very active state of searching, ask your buyer agent to follow this path on your behalf, also.

Best of luck in your search!
Deborah
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Deborah Madey, Real Estate Pro in Red Bank, NJ
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Marilyn,

Thanks for posting again. The agent probably just hasn't got around to updating their listings or adding it to Trulia. Try looking at the agents own website (google their name and company) or you can go to the company website.

Or better yet, contact the agent and ask them your questions direct. If you are the seller and you're referring to your own home not being properly marketed on this site, contact the agent and remind them that its not on here. It's most likely just an oversite.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 6, 2008
The problem is that one of the biggest (national) realtors has particular house listed on their site, but not on Trulia with all of this realtor's other homes in same zip and same price range.






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Because the data does not feed from MLS. Trulia obtains content (property listings) as a result of broker and agent submissions via crawls, xml feeds and third party upload/distribution services. Some print publications, as a value added service, feed listings to Trulia from the ad submissions.

Trulia is constantly working to add other sources of content. While Trulia might be able to reach agreement with individual MLSs which might agree to submit a data feed to Trulia's site, such agreements must be negotiated individually and there are hundreds of MLSs across the US.

Each MLS is independent and makes its own decisions.

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Because the data is not pulled from the MLS, agents enter their own listings.

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Because the data is not pulled from the MLS, agents enter their own listings.
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