Another Happy Client Using Trulia as a Listings Search

Happened across this one last night …

Is this property still available? When can it be shown if so? Please email me..

And here’s the link to the property.

Hello Brandon. Unfortunately, that property is SOLD. It was a HUD home, and it closed on 6/28/11 for $153,000.

Trulia and Zillow are great for MANY things, such as property and neighborhood research and statistics, BUT…they fall short in updating the status of the homes listed on their websites. They don’t update them often enough and this leads to properties appearing to still be available, when in fact they have been off the market for many months. (Don’t feel bad, this happens to a

LOT of homebuyers searching for a good home).

This time, it wasn’t even me writing the response. Made my heart smile a bit, honestly.

For all the talk about syndication and whether it’s good for the customer, here’s the basic reality:

When the data is unreliable, and once it’s known to be unreliable, it won’t be relied upon. As ag

ents, we ought to be spending more time educating our clients about the shoddiness of the data on these sites than claiming that a listing on Trulia or Zillow is going to help a house get sold quicker.

Could it happen? Sure. Are the odds better than having a skywriter sketch an MLS number across the sky? Well, if you believe the thousands/millions of eyes argument, no, not really. (Though it might be hard for the skywriter to add pictures … guess we need a banner plane instead. But I miss skywriters.)

You, Mr. and Mrs. Homeseller, are being led to believe a listing published on a hundred websites is more important than a market-appropriate price, showing condition, good photographs and a listing in the good ol’ MLS. And you, Mr. and Mrs. Homebuyer are so afraid of using an agent site because (shudder) he or she might want to sell you a home that you’re relying on terrible, inaccurate data instead.
This is why I keep harping on this. Knowledge matters.

Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at