So, Lucy, you think those houses listing at Trulia not sold were NOT priced right? I don't think so. Apparently they were priced right since those listing with Trulia or MLS are all priced by licensed realtors who passed rigorous courses and exams; they are professionals with access to MLS system, how could they NOT price a property right at the first place? I do not think any listing agent want to fool around and waste their time and marketing cost to market a property they price wrong. How do you think?
So, apparently, "price right" is a default situation here; we are not talking about "for sale by owner" house where many greedy sellers may over price their home.
So, your second criteria "advertised" may become one factor. But, this house was NOT advertised by Trulia, at least I could not find it on Trulia. So, I am wondering "where it was advertised"? If I were a licensed realtor, I would be very eager to know this info because if there is a better media, I would be able to serve my client better, how do you think?
Apparently, the person posted the sold messages on craigslist is very creditable as you can see there are many of them http://cnj.craigslist.org/search/rfs?query=stn+just&minA
On the other hand, as a researcher, I need to document all the verifications from second source. I could verify most, but some I need to count on you enthusiastic Trulia realtors, if any.
I thought licensed realtor like you, Lucy, all have the power to check if the property is sold or not in your finger tip, why would you want me to drive all the way to the property to see the for sale sign? Is there any difficulty on your end?
Where is Deborah? Somehow, she did a great job last time. Kind of miss her :-) No wonder Trulia voted her #1 Truelia realtor. May be she got too busy answering hundreds of thousands of questions.
By the way, I think Trulia should provide a service for propsective buyers to be able to verify if a property has been sold or not, so that they won't running around to see the for sale signs and playing phone tags with listing agents. How do you think?
I can guess one reason USA Today said realtor.com lost 10% of visitors in 2007 was because many houses on realtor.com have been sold, yet it does not remove them, nor indicate them. So, hundreds of thousands of buyers not only playing around with lots of emails and phone tags, but waste lots of time. A modern website should not waste visitors' time, or visitors will not visit soon or later.