As Don Trepper and the Naples Real Estate folks point out, "IT IS NOT THE REALTORS FAULT!'
Now, the way I see it, if you were able to purchase a ticket on the Titanic, and knowing everything you know, having watched the movie and all that,, and bought the ticket and ended up getting wet, whose fault would that be? Would you be shouting, "Why are they allowed to sell tickets when they know it will sink?" Inspite of all the disclaimers, warning and personal knowledge, some will buy the ticket.
Aggregate web sites such as Zillow and Trulia are notorious for faulty data. Real estate professionals provide access to the local MLS, (the only source of timely, accurate and reliable data) and it's FREE!
As you review consumer comments on Zillow and Trula...time and time again some poor sole writes..."hey MY HOME IS NOT FOR SALE! What are you doing?" Then that poor sole who has limited dollars and finally sees 'the' home at their price point only to discover it's a FAKE RealtyTract posting. Even my own listing on Trulia have had the data altered by on the Trulia website. Agents DON"T do this! YOU NEED TO PUT TRULIA IN THE CROSSHAIRS...but, as in most cases, the real estate is the only person in the mix that you know, so we are the only ones blamed or held accountable. Are you seeing the picture?
In the midst of all this wreckage, how some continue to not realize aggregate websites are not the source for actionable real estate data, but is perfectly fine for entertainment purposes. Using it other wise is like getting your news from the "Daily Show."
You now have and have always had choices. If you are ready to make a real estate decision, you need accurate, timely and reliable data. You need to get off the Titanic and onto a vessel that is able to delver the results you want. The choice is yours.
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So Reddog, what will you do?