Why is a house still listed for sale on HAR,when on the Trulia site it says it was sold September 2007?

Asked by Jill, Edmond, OK Sun Jan 6, 2008

I am confused because it says they are taking offers up to Dec. 17, 2007. If it sold in Sept. why would it be still for sale in Dec. and if they were stopping bids in Dec. why are they still listing it as for sale in January, 08?

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Kathy Fisher, Agent, Decatur, TX
Sun Jan 6, 2008
I use to live in the Houston area (Sugar Land) and I know at that time HAR was directly linked to the local MLS information. The listing found on Trulia are manually added, updated and status changed by the agent(s) responsible for them. That may have slipped by the agent. IF the house is showing SOLD on HAR you can probably count on it as being sold (about 99% correct). HOWEVER, the house may have come back on the market. Could this be a possibility?
You can also check the appraisal district that the house falls in and do an address search to find out the history on the property. Most county's have the capability to show the transaction history on the property EVEN if it did not sell through a Realtor.
Hope this helps.
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Bruce Lynn, Agent, Coppell, TX
Sun Jan 6, 2008
There can be discrepancies between the websites. If you'll post the address I'm sure someone from Houston area can provide some more specifics.
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Stephanie Ed…, Home Owner, The Woodlands, TX
Sun Jan 6, 2008
Hi Jill,

Kathy made a good point about some listings on Trulia being manually added, but generallly HAR will be the most accurate site. I would guess as well that the possibly re-listed. Possibly an investor bought it or it was a short sale at the time and the bank took over? The possible situations are endless.

Without knowing the address it would be difficult to say.

Sorry we can't be anymore specific, good luck.
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Allen Hebert, Agent, Spring, TX
Sun Jan 6, 2008
Kathy great answer. HAR is the primary data base that feeds all other sites for residential real estate activity in the Houston Metro area.
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