Not long ago the Zillow folks were crying because WE were leaving our listings on their site long after they had closed. But they pull our listings from our franchise without my permission and then expect me to manage them? Sorry, not my job.
For those sites where I manually place my own ads, I have a list I use to check off when I place the ad and I use the same one when I close a deal and go through to remove them. It is also helpful for whenever I need to make a price change.
But for sites that use MY work to make money for themselves, they are the ones who need to find a way to delete them, not pass that job on to me. They had one of mine for over 6 months after it had been withdrawn. Not very efficient in my book.
This is a question I get, and I’m sure many other agents get the same question. We’ve all heard the statistic that 85% of people start their home search online. Many of them use some of the larger sites like Realtor.com, Trulia.com, and Zillow. These are just three, but there are many more, as we all know.
I frequently talk to people who are looking at the listing online showing active, and wondering why I’m telling them it's under contract. Who do you believe, what you're looking at online, or a Realtor you don't know yet? It takes a while for them to understand that what they're seeing online may be a bit outdated. (I'm being kind here)
I don't know how often, or with what accuracy online websites are updatingthe information. After all, the more listings they have, the more eyeballs they can generate. All I know is that the best resource for me is what is in the multiple listing service. Even that may not be perfect all the time, but it is about as accurate as you can get. It's certainly better than any third party site.
The Internet is a fantastic resource, but it's not a perfect resource. If you're looking for accurate information on houses that are available for sale, the best place to get that, is your local Realtor.
Richard Iarossi, REALTOR®
Long and Foster® Real Estate, Inc.
Crofton, MD 21114
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John Elwell - REALTOR
Bill Nye Realty, Inc.
Licensed in Florida