I am interested in several foreclosures that don't contain contact info. Do I need to register with trulia to get the information?

Asked by 7one3, Houston, TX Mon Mar 5, 2012

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Terry Kraemer, Agent, 77042, TX
Mon Mar 5, 2012
Where do I begin? Um...The most accurate information will not come from Trulia, Zillow, Realtytrac or any other third party website. These sites get their information from us! Realtors pay dues in order to have access to and list homes on the Multiple Listing Service. MLS or brokers can then syndicate those listings to Trulia. The problem is that some MLS companies around the US syndicate and some do not. So therefore information is not always going to be accurate. Some listings are added to these sites by hand, and when the home is sold no one bothers to update these sites with correct information. So homes stay on these sites that appear to be an active listing, but in essence it is not. But the site doesn't mind cause that is just more information on the site to attract home buyers like yourself. It is unfortunate, at best. But if customers would just go to a realtor in the first place, we could just avoid this song and dance and just get to work…. Yes, Trulia, Zillow and Realtytrac bring some convenience and a bit of value to the table and they offer some solutions, but when it comes to getting the most accurate information about any listing, or about home buying or selling in general, you really should speak to a Realtor®, They will understand your unique situation because every real estate transaction is different. No one is exactly the same. I am not saying that because I want your business. I am not going to give you a pitch at the end here. I simply am writing this one to try to educate the public.
Oh and did I mention that we have to pay Trulia if we want to access more people like you…Ingenious website, don’t you think? 
Good Luck…Terry
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Thank you for your post. I LOVE to see honesty in realtors and REFRESHING to see no sales pitch at the end.
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Kawain Payne, Agent, Seal Beach, CA
Mon Mar 5, 2012
7one 3,

The best thing for you do you is get an agent to represent you.

Once a bank takes a home and it becomes an REO they list it for sale with a realtor. Your realtor will have access to all new listings.

Try to avoid Realty.trac and certainly stay away from any site that charges you a fee to get REO listings. The information on these sites is usuall very old, or worst not correct.

Get yourself a diligent buyer's agent and you will be in good hands.

Best of luck to you.

Kawain Payne, Realtor
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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Mon Mar 5, 2012
Since most foreclosures end up being listed with a broker, consider working with an agent of your own. Keep in mind that RealtyTrac's information may not always be accurate and oftentimes can be misleading--you could be looking at a lis pendens property--notice of default--or some other fees, some of those properties may not be for sale yet, and some may never be, if the default is satisfied by the owner. If you are interested in foreclosures, again work with an agent--he/she will have access to reliable information.
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Alan Harper, Agent, Houston, TX
Mon Mar 5, 2012
Contact me for a list of foreclosures, short sales, distressed properties in any area. I specialize in this area of real estate.

Alan Harper
Keller Williams Southwest
Web Reference:  http://har.com/alanharper
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Carolyn Wolfe, Agent, Houston, TX
Mon Mar 5, 2012
You would have to register with Realty Trac and pay a fee. Normally I can figure out the addresses by what little info Trulia gives by checking my tax records link. This is important because by looking at the deed history and surrounding properties I have discovered that most, if not all, of Realty Trac listings are priced waaaayy lower than the bank will ever accept in order to get investors into a bidding war over it.
Feel free to post the property on this forum or contact any Realtor directly, or e-mail me if you wish.
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Jane Lindsey, Agent, Bunker Hill Village, TX
Mon Mar 5, 2012
Did you check to see of they were on HAR.com?
Web Reference:  http://HAR.com/jlindsey
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Jaybird, , Galveston County, TX
Fri Jun 22, 2012
You can also get information about foreclosures, short sales and preforeclosures at
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Kay Cruz, Agent, Houston, TX
Tue Mar 6, 2012
There are several single family homes as well as townhomes in the 77057 zip code area listed in HAR that are foreclosures. It is possible that what you have previously seen may no longer be available. Working with a Realtor familiar with the area is the way to get correct, and accurate information. Please forward me the information you have and I will research the status of the property you are interested in.

Kay Cruz
Monarch Real Estate Group
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Guy Gimenez, Agent, Austin, TX
Mon Mar 5, 2012
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7one3, Home Buyer, Houston, TX
Mon Mar 5, 2012
Thanks everyone. I appreciate all of your input. I figured RealtyTrac was BS, but I pursued that avenue anyway. Oh well, you live and you learn.

Thanks again
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7one3, Home Buyer, Houston, TX
Mon Mar 5, 2012
Yes I have checked. They are not. The property in 77057 is Only listed On trulia and realtytrac. Do I need to register with realtytrac or can I obtain the information through trulia?
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