I've a house for sale in Federal Way, WA but don't see it listed.

Asked by Mike, Federal Way, WA 98023 Mon Jul 16, 2007

I have a 3Br 2.5 bath house in Campus Woods area in Federal Way, WA and has been listed with JLScott and is in the NWMLS. I am not seeing it in the interactive map or the homes for sale listing. Is there a reason this may be and can it be fixed so it will show?

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Deborah Madey, Agent, Brick, NJ
Mon Jul 16, 2007

Listings do not automatically show up in Trulia as a result from being in your local MLS. Your Broker must submit it to Trulia. Your Broker has a few options available on how to do that, and those instructions are found on the Trulia site. Contact your Realtor and review what was included in your marketing plan, and discuss with him/her the possibility of adding your property to Trulia. The options of where to post avaialbe properties is growing, so by all means, discuss this with your agent as it pertains to the marketing program presented and entered into for your property.
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Emily Erekuff, Home Owner, Menifee, CA
Tue Jul 17, 2007
Hi Mike,

The listings featured on Trulia have been extracted from indexed broker/agent web pages. We do not obtain listing data from the MLS.

Please pass the information below to your realtor so he or she can submit your listing to the Trulia search engine:

There are two ways to get your listings on Trulia. The most reliable method is to prepare and submit a listings data feed of your own listings - your web host may be able to help you do this. Alternatively, if you can not prepare a data feed, you can submit your web site address for crawling by the Trulia search engine.

Please access the link below to review your options and please feel free to contact us with any further questions.

Best Wishes,

Emily Gibson
Customer Service Representative
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Keith Sorem, Agent, Glendale, CA
Mon Jul 16, 2007
Here are a couple of MLS basics that might help. I realize that sometimes it's all Greek...to me too!
1. The listing is actually with the BROKER, the Realtor with whom you signed the listing agreement is an agent for the broker...and an agent for you.
2. Brokers have the ultimate control of the listing. Brokers are members of associations, and those associations have multiple listing services. The broker decides what other online site are fed the listings.
One of the issues that is this: If a broker uploads his listings to Realtor.com, realtor.com then sells leads (inquiries about the listings) to third parties (such as servicemagic.com). Servicemagic.com sells the leads to the realtors for $300 for ten leads. So the realtors in a sense buying their own leads.

Some brokers and Realtors object to this, so some brokers and their associations are being selective about where to upload their listings.

Example. Keller Williams, my company, opted to have our own MLS. Our listings are uploaded to Trulai automatically, and Googlebase. If a broker does not want their listings uploaded to a particular online aggregator of listings, it won't be there.

Talk with your Realtor. There is a learning curve to all this. Just remember that 90% of the time, the buyer that purchases your home was brought by an agent...so marketing to agents, although not as noticeable to the public, is very important to selling homes.

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Ardell Della…, Agent, Kirkland, WA
Mon Jul 16, 2007
I'm pretty sure both Trulia and Zillow are not fed by the mls. You or your agent would have to post it for it to show on these sites. I noticed not many at all were listed in Trulia in Kirkland, WA, though there are many for sale. Call your agent if you want him to post it on Zillow and Trulia and Craig's List. Those are not mls sites.
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Joyce Lowe A…, Agent, Federal Way, WA
Wed Nov 23, 2011
Hi Mike,

You will need to contact your agent and have them list the proprty on Trulia. It is not fed by the MLS, it is up to your agent to do it.
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Rosemary Hol…, , Tacoma, WA
Wed Mar 30, 2011
Mike, thank you for your question. The map may not have been accurately positioned at the listing entry or clicked as an option. The area is sometimes incorrectly entered as well. Be sure to call your listing agent regarding this and ask for further info and that it be corrected if the previous listing entry was in error. We are always able to revisit our listings to make appropriate updates and changes. Rosemary Hollinger, Broker, Dove Realty , Inc. 253-279-4320, 206-245-7603
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Diane Kawell, Agent, Federal Way, WA
Tue Oct 7, 2008
Hi Mike - The best advice is to call your agent and have them review their marketing plan for which websites they are using to market your property - and the timetable you can expect. We have many choices and you may be looking on a site they are not choosing to use for one reason or another. Also - sometimes the mapping functions are not accurate and this can often be fixed manually by your agent. As David said - computers!
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David O. Todd, , Federal Way, WA
Wed Mar 5, 2008
Computer's, as we all know too well, aren't perfect. Often times there is a delay due to high traffic, server maintenance, or some other quirk. I strongly recommend speaking with who you listed your house with to see about getting this problem resolved.
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Susan Mccann, Agent, Marietta, GA
Tue Aug 21, 2007
Sometimes it takes a couple of days for information to upload after your realtor inputs it. I would call your realtor and have him/her fix the problem. They are working for you.
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Renau, , 91360
Tue Aug 21, 2007
If you are having difficulty with selling, you might want to check out Realtor.com. Under the Advice and Ideas section they have a Sellers Guide resource. Another site that may be helpful is HomeInsight.com. Take a look at the Selling a Home section and see if there is anything that may be of use to you.
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