When buyer’s start shopping for a house to buy they will go online and google the location they want to be in coupled with phrases like “real estate for sale” and then enter a price and preview properties and the information surrounding those properties online.
Three websites come up at the top of that search, Realtor. com, Zillow. com and Trulia. com. These three websites are not the same and you should know that:
Zillow is an advertising site NOT an official MLS. Zillow has information on each listing that the Real Estate Brokerage with the listing did not put there. Zillow is getting “feeds” from local multiple listing services however they also pull information from other sources such as local assessor sites. An owner can “claim” their house on Zillow and even after it is listed add pictures and add comments…..recently they filled in information on a listing from a previous listing that was inaccurate…they are not obligated to be as accurate as we Realtors are.
Trulia is owned by Zillow and basically the same issues as above are true. They add different information and display the information differently – but still Trulia is an advertising website.
Realtor. com is a download from our multiple listing service and owners can’t add anything to their listing without going through their listing agent..this site needs to compete and needs to make money so you will see agents listed who pay additionally to have placement next to listings which you will see on all of these sites..
Zillow. com and Trulia. com make money by selling “spots” to agents and then giving those agents “leads”…you will see agents listed next to houses who have paid for those spots…
If you use these sites don’t take what you see there as gospel and factually accurate it may not be.