Is there any reason why the listing agents on this site not to give their full information with their listings?

Asked by Zacchaeus A. Odebo, Silver Spring, MD Fri May 13, 2011

People that are intrested be agents or individual do not know how to contact the listing agent. This is a good site, but without the listing agent/s information, I feel the ad is not really going through.
This is my personal opinion. Thank you for looking in to this.

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Marty Hosking, Agent, Omaha, NE
Mon May 16, 2011
I concur with the other agents' great answers. But I think I can add something about buyer representation. I want to encourage folks to find an agent they can trust from the very beginning of their process to invest in a home. Here's why: people waste a lot of time with partial information (like not knowing who the list agent is!), incomplete searches, or searches that are not defined properly and old information (Most consumer home sites update only 24-48 hours after any MLS changes occur. Some do not update at all-rather the agent must manually update information.) Often buyers don't have a good strategy that includes a trusted lender for preapproval (so they know what price range they can look in), a good sense of the extra closing costs (so they can plan out things economically) and someone that can do a lot of the leg work while the buyers attend to family, work, church etc. That's what we are here for! But I hear all the time "we don't want to bother you" or "we are not ready to get that serious" Really, I think they are saying they don't want a pushy Realtor they don't know or trust. I agree, who wants that type? But how about someone who builds a relationship with the client for the long term? I do my business by referral---so that at any given time I am working only with those who are referred to me by my clients. That way we begin with the trust--and they know that they control my business because I work so that they are so satisfied they refer me too. (And I need to be right by my friend who referred them to me!) In the end, people can connect with me right at the beginning of their search, save time, get information and feel no pressure since I am not looking to "reel this in" for bills I have to pay next month! Ha!
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Annette Law…, Agent, Palm Harbor, FL
Fri May 13, 2011
From reviewing your profile I am unable to determine how long you have been a real estate professional. This makes it a bit difficult to know where to begin.
Trulia is an aggregate website that displays data from a large assortment of sources. If the website does not display the smiling face of a real estate professional, display the Realtor (r) trademark or does not display a real estate related brand, it is an aggregate website.

A common practice of websites of this nature is to STRIP the displayed information of any reference to the real estate agent. The business model is to sell the real estate agent a service that allows their contact data to be restored. Yeah, you got it. The real estate agent collected the data, took the images, wrote the description and their authorship has been stripped. Welcome to real estate! As an agent you are in everyones food chain. It is also important to note, there is no real chain of accountability regarding the accuracy or how outdated the displayed data may be. The active home buyer and seller may be in need of reliable data. All you can do is make it work in your favor as much as possible and hold very tightly to your hard earned money.
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Annette Law…, Agent, Palm Harbor, FL
Mon May 16, 2011
Marty, that a excellent response. You've captured the relationship and association between the exploring home buyer and real estate agent in a beautifully comprehensive manner.

But back to Zac's questions, "Why is the listing agent contact data missing?"

Consider the agent is unaware their listing has been posted on aggregate websites like the following:
Trulia,Yahoo, Aol, Zillow, Frontdoor, Homescape, Cyberhomes, hotpads, Cribs, Vast, CLR, Oodle, Propbot, Local, backpage, Lycos,, Landwatch, Resortscape, lakehomes, Enormo, Myrealty, walmart, homes&land, homesearch, Kdat, turnto23, Click2Huston, MSN, Compuserve, DigitalCity, iwon, Juno, netscape, the wallstreetJournal, Chicago Sun-Times, TampabayOnline (tbo),, WorldPropereties, Prudential, GMAC (This is but a molecule of the total list which is nearly endless, but I think the point has been made.)

Each and everyone of these sites will have stripped the listing agent contact data. It isn't that an agent doesn't get it. IT IS that these sites take agent generated data, display this data without an agents knowledge or permission.

How much time do you think an agent would have available to show homes to excited buyers if they were preoccupied correcting the data these sites have trolled off the internet and display to the public as their data.

The good news should be that the agents broker name and contact data is presented. This may or may not be true. With so many of these sites, I certainly can not state with certainty what they display. Yes, it complicates the process, and in most cases (not ReMax Realtec Group) calling the broker becomes a incredibly expensive situation for the listing agent if the broker applies a referral fee to a call generated by a frustrated buyer.

It isn't that agents don't get it!
One might be well advised to ask, "Where does the extortion stop?" Real Estate agents are in everyone's food chain from to URIdiotscom Thinking strategically, an agent needs to realize who are the big players, the websites every home buyer will turn to, what sites benefit the homeseller and the agent most and invest there. That may not be Trulia.

Zac, as a new agent, you have had the good fortune to experience what many home shoppers are confronted with. Know how to articulate this delima then provide for them a solution. Then the world begins to make more sense and you will have added value to the home buying process for some buyers who will be grateful for your intervention.
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Carolyn Thom…, Agent, Rockville, MD
Mon May 16, 2011
It does allow agent properties to get a bit more exposure. Agents may elect to advertise or not, but the benefit is still exposure of the properties.
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The Roskelly…, Agent, Gambrills, MD
Fri May 13, 2011
Hi Zach,

Trulia allows agents to sign up for free and ad their information. And you can pay for an "enhanced" listing. However many agents just do not "get" the power of the Internet and don't take advantage of some of the great opportunities out there.
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