Anyone think the quality of questions has gotten worse since the onslaught of "Foreclosure" unlisted listings?

Asked by Monique and Joe Carrabba, Beverly Hills, CA Mon Jan 19, 2009

Hello Everyone,

I am a subscriber to Trulia Pro. I have gotten great leads from the site via Trulia Voices. However, it seems that the quality of questions has been compromised do to the inclusion of a certain "companies" teaser foreclosures which aren't even listed properties but NODs. Our listings are on Trulia to attract buyers but when buyers think they can get a property for $10,000 in Beverly Hills what are we to do? Our listings can't compete. I would appreciate your comments as I think a property listed on the site should be a property in the MLS. Not an NOD as these are not actual listings.

Please express your thoughts on this topic in hopes we will be heard.


Monique Carrabba
Keller Williams Wilshire
The Carrabba Group

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Isaac Bensus…, , 92037
Sat Jan 24, 2009

I certainly agree with you. I cancelled my subscription to two foreclosures sites because even with 32 years in the business I could not understand in many ocassions what they meant. It only frustrated me. Information missing, information missleading, and also, in many instances, erroneous information. I can only imagine what people interested in buying, without any real estate experience might feel, when they find out that they can not purchase a $ 500,000 home for $ 32,140 in back payments.

I do not believe that properties should be posted in Trulia without thoroughly explaining that the amount that is mentioned only reflects the default figure and really is only a hook to bring you to their site where you can join on a trial basis for a week.
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Patrick Beri…, Agent, Seattle, WA
Thu Jan 22, 2009
I agree--It sort of cheapens the purpose of listing here and is unethical, if not illegal, to advertise for sale something which does not exist.

I also post my listings on craigslist, but notice agents putting their listings in the "for sale by owner" category instead of "for sale by broker" which is also unethical.
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Dorene Slavi…, Agent, Torrance, CA
Thu Jan 22, 2009
Yes Monique I certainly do agree with you there. It's deceptive and unfair for consumers to waste time chasing property that is not actually for sale at all!
Its hard on the consumers and it's hard on Realtors who have to break the news to them that they have been fooled!
It is my belief that this practice should not be allowed!
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Lori Jeltema, Agent, Suffolk, VA
Sun Jan 25, 2009
Hi Monique,

I agree. The teaser 'listings' that are not really listings are annoying.... Not as annoying as our hometown newspaper that actually quotes the company's stats!
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Monique and…, Agent, Beverly Hills, CA
Sat Jan 24, 2009
Hello Patrick and Dorene,

I think this should be removed from Trulia as it is confusing buyers and sellers. Thank you so much for your input. Hopefully, they will listen.

Monique Carrabba
The Carrabba Group
Keller WIlliams Wilshire
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