i was told this property was sold.. if that is so, why is it still on a lot of sites

Asked by Linda Simmons, Saint Joseph, MO Mon Oct 21, 2013

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Noah Seidenb…, Agent, Evanston, IL
Mon Oct 21, 2013
Linda, although sites like Trulia and Zillow are helpful to the consumer they are not directly connected to the MLS, are third party connections. I often get calls from people asking about homes already sold or under contract. My advice is always deal directly with a Realtor you trust.
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Christopher…, Agent, Tarrytown, NY
Mon Oct 21, 2013
Sold to some means it's in contract but until it actually closes it won't be removed from some sites. Another reason could be the fact that many sites don't automatically update from the local MLS so any changes have to be made manually.

Chris
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Scott Godzyk, Agent, Manchester, NH
Mon Oct 21, 2013
Because most sites do not update their data as homes go under contract or sell.
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Connie Welli…, Agent, Dayton, OH
Mon Oct 21, 2013
Being SOLD or PENDING? If it is sold, then the websites should remove it from their data base and you can be sure by looking on the Property Transfer for that particular county. However, if it is pending, it can still be showing for many months until it is finally closed.
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Jill Aldineh, Agent, beavercreek, OH
Mon Oct 21, 2013
Actually there are several reasons why you might have a property that was sold or under contract, but it is still showing available on other sites:
1- The website is using crawlers to collect their data. Crawlers are computer programs that search other sites and collect data just like a search engine. These are very slow updating sites and might take day and sometimes the data never get updated.
2- The website using Data Feed from the MLS. These sites are normally better in accuracy, but they are all dependent on how good the programmers are to keep track of the data and not have any data conversion errors or lost of data. Data feeds are a lengthy discussion and I can go on and on..
3- Bank Owned, HUD and short sale properties are sometimes active because it is the bank or HUD requirements to leave them active.
4- There is a time delay between the time it is sold and actually changed on the MLS and actually populating sites.
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Cecilia Sher…, Agent, Rocky River, OH
Mon Oct 21, 2013
These websites pull the information from the MLS. Then they basically store it however they like. They may use it for comparable values, etc. If the home is sold and it was syndicated, it will likely stay on websites forever.

You can try to contact the website's customer service department and ask them if they can remove it. Good luck.
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Gary Geer, Agent, Antioch, IL
Mon Oct 21, 2013
Hi Linda,
Contact a local agent for the answer.
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Annette Law…, Agent, Palm Harbor, FL
Mon Oct 21, 2013
Linda,
Real estate professional and their brokers, fail to advise home sellers that if their home appears on the "internet" (the MLS syndicates to websites that DO NOT create this problem) via syndication to sites like Trulia and Zillow, that all control of the data is lost. The data, which may include floor plans, imagages or video of the interior will remain on these sites FOREVER and can be used for whatever purpose they intend. Often, this intent is the misreprestation of the data by obcuring the status or apply values that impose harm to everyone in the community.
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Real and qualified buyers use the MLS. Thre is very little real value in have a home for sale appearing on these irresponsible websites.
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When it comes time for you to buy or sell, be aware, if the home appears on aggregate real estate websites, folks you don't know will know way to much about you. Refer to my Trulia blog regarding blurring your home street view on Google Maps, another popular resource for those who mean others harm.

Best of success,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL
727.420.4041
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My NC Homes…, Agent, Chapel Hill, NC
Mon Oct 21, 2013
Mainly because sites like Trulia, Zillow etc don't pay for the data and are not always current with the status of the properties shown. While many agents like myself log in a couple of times a day and maintain our listings, unfortunately many others do not.
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