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Why are properties listed as For Sale on other websites not listed as For Sale on Zillow.com?

At least two properties I've seen listed for sale elsewhere--and I'm sure they are indeed currently so listed--are not so listed on Zillow.com.  Why are zillow.com listings not current for these properties.  
  • July 22 2010 - Oakland
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Hello Dr..

Some agents dont list their properties on all sites available and not all sites pick up homes that are in foreclosure so you'll see some variances.  Best advice would be to work with a Realtor to get the most accurate listings.  Any of us here will be more then happy to assist you.  Good luck :)
  • July 24 2010
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Additionally, some agents do take the time to post their listings on Zillow, Trulia, Vflyer and other sites in order to maximize viewing traffic and outreach.

Although the MLS is picked up by the majority of other sites via a live feed, example, by REALTOR.com, the agent has to do more to enhance their listings.

On REALTOR.com, only active listings are featured. Once the status of the property changes on the MLS (pending, withdrawn, sold, etc), it disappears from that site. On other sites where the agent posted the info separately, the status of the listing won't change unless the agent changes it.

As you may have already seen on ZIllow, some properties are still listed as for sale, or listed by specific agents even AFTER they were sold, or even after they were taken over by another listing agent. The original listing agent should have deactivated the listing so that the new agent can re-post. Alas, alack! Ain't that easy. Not all agents are conscientious about making the change(s).

So your best bet in terms of finding what ARE actively offered for sale, go to REALTOR.com
  • July 22 2010
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Consider the internet like a spiderweb. They gather information from one another. Sometimes, this information is not updated as quickly by some sites as it is others. Using the computer is a good first step for finding home prices for different areas but when you are really looking for a home, contact a real estate agent as they can provide you a list of homes that is updated each day. A well priced home, will often be sold by the time it shows up on many websites... I have clients that ask about something they see for sale online that is actually pending, back-up or sold!
  • July 22 2010
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