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Accuracy of the data on Zillow

I just ran a search today 9/29/2010 for single family foreclosures in Bergen-Lafayette area of Jersey City, NJ and 150 properties came up w/o pricing.  I requested the pricing from an agent that was list on the site (right side of the screen).  He said there are no foreclosures in Bergen-Lafayette area and only 30 foreclosures in JC altogether.
  • September 29 2010 - Bergen-Lafayette
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Julie, are you ready to buy? Contact the Hudson County Sheriff's Department and ask them about their sale. Also, you will need all cash at a Sheriff's sale. Regards,
  • September 29 2010
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If you are looking for foreclosures on Zillow.com, please be aware that almost everything on foreclosures is fed in from foreclosure.com - a site well know for its inaccuracies.   Foreclosure.com is a paid site, and doesn't put pricing on zillow.
  • September 29 2010
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I had signed up for two of the top foreclosure websites but cancelled because the information was up to a year or more old!
  • September 30 2010
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I doubt that there are only 30 foreclosures in the entire Jersey City, you need to work with  a good broker that knows the local market well
  • January 03 2011
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Juile, you are searching in the wrong place.  Zillow only lists RealtyTrac and Foreclosure.com listings for foreclosures, which will also list properties that are being foreclosed by the Homeowners Association,2nd and even 3rd lienholders.  Not very accurate place to find properties that are actually available to purchase.

The best place is to go to the County Clerk website and see if they do online auctions.  Again, you may have to look at 100's of homes before you target 1 or 2 properties that are worth buying.

We do it here in Palm Beach, and it's extremely time consuming.  I have investors paying me to search for properties, and also get a cut of the flip.  So far it's working well.
  • January 03 2011
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