Hi K Johnson,
I am most disappointed to hear your feedback about both Voices and Property Listings. No, I don't work Trulia! I am a real estate broker on the east coast. (I also happen to love Los Gatos, and am a former CA resident.)
ABOUT THE DATABASE - The integrity of the data depends upon the source form which it is drawn. Trulia receives data from syndicator, publications, and direct feeds from Brokers, Agents, and a few MLSs. The data integrity will generally be higher from the direct feed sources. As Trulia learns more which data sources have integrity issues, I expect the quality of the listings to improve. Certainly, the volume of listings is growing daily, and internet stats that I have seen from independent sources show usage is way up.
Not all current listings are posted to Trulia. The volume of listings is growing daily. Realtor.com is still king for quantity of listings, although the depth of the data on individual listings, or area info does not begin to compare to Trulia. I recommend that buyers use both, as well an agent's website. Take the best value offered from each, as none individually have to offer what the crossection will give you. I know that is a few extra steps, but it will provide you the most comprehensive package of information. Trulia has great info on recent solds (limited only by the local area's data reporting.) Trulia has great real estate guides and analysis. Realtor.com will have more listings. Agent sites vary tremendously from one to another.
ABOUT VOICES - THE Q & A BOARD. I, too, have been very disappointed in bickering and hostility. I believe that when Pros disagree, it can be a meaningful and useful source of information. Disagreement does not need to lead to hostility. I wish that you wouldn't leave, because, despite the negative cloud, there is a terrific amount of valuable information to be found here. There are great Voices that speak with knowledge, confidence and experience. I know that I am suggesting that you waddle through a bit of garbage in your quest for great input. It can be very well worth it. As an experienced RE Broker, I have learned from the other Pros on this site, and am optimistic that if you hang in there, the value proposition for you will be on the upside.
I am hopeful that the Board will calm down, and I am hopeful the Trulia will take measures to minimize hostility while preserving freedom of speech and the right to present opposing perspectives or approaches to real estate issues.
Thanks for sharing your viewpoints.