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Question: Why are you telling me it's not available, I see it on

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 They had one of mine for over 6 months after it had been withdrawn.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.


WarningThis 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,, 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 It takes a while for them to understand that what they're seeing online may be a bit outdated.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


Comment balloon 4 commentsJohn Elwell • January 09 2011 01:46PM


The internet is great at making large amounts of information available. Unfortunately it must be filtered with care. As you say, you are careful to keep your listings up to date where you syndicate. I know agents that take great joy in leaving their sold listings marketed online to make their phone ring. I consider this a 'bait and switch'.

Posted by Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate) over 9 years ago

I just got an online inquiry today on a home that hasn't been available in a very LONG time. It is negligent on their part, but I get some leads from it, too, so it balances out some, because I can educate the people that inquire about one that isn't available anymore why it's important to partner up with a Realtor who is on top of the current inventory.

Posted by Sylvie Stuart, Home Buying, Home Selling and Investment - Flagsta (Realty One Group Mountain Desert 928-600-2765) over 9 years ago

If I saw it on the Internet it has to be true, right?  Eventually we will learn how to use this monster.

Posted by Brian Rugg, Sun City TX Real Estate - Georgetown, TX Real Est (Rugg Realty LLC Sun City Texas 512-818-6700) over 9 years ago

It is not a problem for those agents who manage the posts/ads that they put on themselves. The real problem is those sites that get their information from syndication fees but put no programming into place to automatically delete them after, say 30 days. There is no way that you or I could possibly check on all of the sites that might pick up our listings without our permission. All we can do is make sure the data is accurate in our local MLS, our franchises' sites, and on any sites we directly control. Zillos was noted for doing this and complaining that WE should delete them. Yeah, right! :)

Posted by John Elwell, You Deserve a Full-Time Agent, Not Reduced Results (CENTURY 21 Bill Nye Realty, Inc.) over 9 years ago

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