Why doesn't Trulia list all properties for sale.?

Asked by Bob, 94611 Tue Nov 29, 2011

There is a condo for sale in our building at 4101 Howe st #207 in Oakland 94611, but Trulia doesn't list it. Also, why cant I find properties for sale by MLS. Finally why are you so SLOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWW? Too many add servers.

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Joseph Roraff, Agent, Onalaska, WI
Wed Feb 5, 2014
Trulia is not MLS. Talk with a Real Estate Agent in your area to get access to the MLS. It is free.
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John Arendsen, Agent, Leucadia, CA
Tue Nov 29, 2011
Truly............Trulia is not an MLS service. They are a vehicle that allows their members to post their listings.
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Kamal Randha…, Agent, El Sobrante, CA
Tue Nov 29, 2011
Hello Bob,

3rd party Real Estate sites don't always have the correct information as they rely on agents to update the status. If you are working with an agent, it's best to look at the properties sent to you by that agent as they have the most up to date information.

If you are not working with anyone, I can assist you searching for a property that meets your requirements. Please feel free to call or email me if you need further assistance. Thank you
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Steven Ornel…, Agent, Fremont, CA
Tue Nov 29, 2011

You are certainly not the first Trulia user to voice frustration regarding this topic.

To directly answer your "Why doesn't Trulia list all properties for sale?" question:

Trulia, and many other "MLS websites" are not true MLS'; but rather, syndication websites that re-post MLS listings from true Realtor® MLS systems. If you are interested in the "whole story" see:

MLS Data Accuracy – Where to search if you’re “without Realtor®”

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Scott Godzyk, Agent, Manchester, NH
Tue Nov 29, 2011
Bob the best reason is Trulia is not the MLS, the MLS is the place where all listings are located, Trulia is a tool to advertise those listings by the agents who have joined Trulia and uploaded their listings here.
Web Reference:  http://www.ScottSellsNH.com
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Caroline York, Agent, St Petersburg, FL
Tue Nov 29, 2011
Find a realtor that will send you a daily update from the MLS or sign you up for a Listingbook.com account or one that is similar in your area. There are many tools that we, as professionals, offer our clients and customers. I don't know what business you are in but I bet if I needed your services I wouldn't be able to find the best ones by myself on a site on the internet.
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Lance King, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Tue Nov 29, 2011

As others have indicated, the only way to make sure you are seeing all properties listed is to go through your local MLS. The listings on Trulia are not tied to the MLS, so only those listings that agents/brokers active on trulia are getting posted.

Best Regards,

Lance King/Owner-Managing Broker
DRE# 01384425
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Bill & Elijah…, Agent, Oakland, CA
Tue Nov 29, 2011
You're always better off with a hyper local realtor. One which knows the neighborhoods. Check our my companies website http://WWW.Redoakrealty.com for an example of what I mean
Web Reference:  http://billfletcherhomes.com
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Annette Law…, Agent, Palm Harbor, FL
Tue Nov 29, 2011
For accurate, timely data you need access to the MLS, not aggregate websites.
There is no shortage a knowledgeable real estate professionals willing to provide you direct access.
The choice is yours.

Some real estate sales take place through real estate professionals who are not members of the local MLS. Some sales plans do not utilize real estate professionals or the MLS.
And, lets not forget those FSBOS!
Still, the MLS is your most reliable data source.
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Alisa McDevi…, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Tue Nov 29, 2011
Websites like Trulia and Zillow can be helpful when first starting out in your search, as they can help you get a sense of what home prices are in the area. Problem is, they pull data from different sources so it's not always accurate or up-to-date. The best thing to do is to work with a Realtor who will keep up on inventory in your area and send you listings as soon as they come to market.
Your agent should be sending you listings. If you don't have one I'd be happy to help.
I'm very familiar with that area of Oakland.
Email me at alisa@climbsf.com if interested.
Good luck!
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Ron Thomas, Agent, Fresno, CA
Tue Nov 29, 2011
Trulia is a catalyst for Realtors:
Trulia doesn't list anything; the Listing Realtor does.
If a Listing Realtor is not active on Trulia, it doesn't get listed.

I found that Condo on http://www.windermere.com
my Company website
I just entered 4101 Howe Street, Oakland, Ca
and there it was.

If you would like to see it, please call my Broker; he's up there.
Mike Rowland, Windermere Rowland Realty, 510-222-9150
or, e-mail him at mikerowland@windermere.com
he can e-mail the prospectus and any comparable homes you want.

Good luck and may God bless
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Don Tepper, Agent, Burke, VA
Tue Nov 29, 2011
For a complete and up-to-date list, use your own MLS.

Hope that helps.
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Laura Coffey, Agent, Santa Clarita, CA
Tue Nov 29, 2011
Not all Realtors are lined up with a syndication that feeds into Trulia.
Web Reference:  http://www.laura4homes.com
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