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FAQ 7: Hey Rich, Can you show me a house I saw on Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com?

This question gets asked of agents in many areas. The best source of listings is the MLS so the listings are current. The other sites pull data but it can be homes that have already gone to settlement or perhaps recently expired off the market. 

CluelessWell, we’re going to go with a big “MAYBE” on that request. Let me check the MLS and I’ll see if it’s really available to preview. As it turns out, the MLS is the most accurate database, and the one REALTORS® depend on.

Zillow, Trulia, and Realtor.com are third party owned sites, and some of the homes that appear on their site frequently are just not available. Most Realtors I know spend a good deal of time researching properties that their clients found on these third party sites. In many instances, the properties were sold quite some time ago.

Why are they still on the sites, who knows? Sloppy data management is probably the culprit. Of course, there is a school of thought that they are leaving old data on their sites intentionally. People visit real estate sites to see listings...the more listings, the longer they hang around. Hmmmm!

I can show you any active listing in Maryland.
Let me take away some of your frustration by sending you only listings that meet your criteria...and, as an added bonus, they will be available for preview. What a novel concept.

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 Rich Iarossi is a full time licensed REALTOR®, working in Crofton, MD. My coverage areas are: Anne Arundel, Prince George’s, Howard, Calvert, Queen Anne, and Baltimore City and County. I specialize in residential real estate, working with both buyers and sellers. Use the registration free search on my website at www.RichSellsHomes.com. If you’re not already working with a REALTOR®...I can help. Call me at 443-995-9595 (Cell) or 410-451-6255 (Office).

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Comment balloon 4 commentsCheryl Ritchie • June 05 2012 11:29PM
FAQ 7: Hey Rich, Can you show me a house I saw on Zillow, Trulia,…
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This question gets asked of agents in many areas. The best source of listings is the MLS so the listings are current. The other sites pull data but it can be homes that have already gone to settlement or perhaps recently expired off the market. … more
Why Wouldn't You Show Me That Home? You Were ALREADY THERE!
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This answers lots of questions. There can be a conflict of interests if both parties want the same home. It is direspectful of the time that should be allocated to your client. If your standard of practice is pre approval letter first, why would you… more