Zillow and Trulia are two popular “real estate” websites geared towards helping people search for homes in their local area and even estimating home values in their neighborhood. Inaccurate information in Zillow and Trulia are causing a lot of problems for home shoppers.
Let me explain.
These sites are not part of the Realtors Multiple Listing Service (MLS) nor are they an MLS of any kind. Zillow and Trulia are ‘aggregators’ or in other words, they are getting the listing information from other websites or in a small percentage of cases the information is inputed directly into Trulia or Zillow by the home owner or real estate agent.
No problem so far. Generally accurate information going in on day 1.
Here’s where we run into the problems though.
Once that property listing changes, goes off the market (sold, cancelled..etc) the status is not automatically updated. They aren’t connected to the MLS so often times the data is not accurate. In many cases a home that is not available still shows that it’s for sale until it eventually dies of old age on the site. This creates a problem in that consumers looking for accurate information look to Zillow and Trulia as “Authority” sites and they really aren’t. I can’t tell you the number of times we’ve been called about a property and we look and look and can’t find it only to find out it was something a client saw on Zillow or Trulia and has been off the market for ages. They find it frustrating and so do we.
Alternative #1) What should you do to find accurate information on the real estate market? If you are searching for real estate in Sedona, use our website. The entire Sedona – Verde Valley Realtor MLS is on our www.sedonahomesonline.com website and the listings are synchronized with the MLS every night. You can also sign up for a free account and save searches and sign up for email notifications when a new home matches your Sedona home search criteria.
Alternative #2) We can set up a search in the Sedona MLS with your specific criteria. This comes with a portal that you can log into and view up to the minute, accurate information on listings that meet your needs.
If you’d like us to set you up with a Sedona MLS portal or search, just give us a call. If you would just like to browse the online Sedona real estate listings you can visit our Sedona homes search page.
Contact Susan & Troy (928) 451-6098