What a perfect title, and good info to share from Lyn. To the point, buyers need to go to the original source, through an agent, to get the best info when buying or selling!
Where do listings come from on the internet?
Q. When I search Zillow, I've noticed that not all of the listings show up. Then I thought I'd switch to Trulia or Realtor.com and they have a different number of homes for sale than Zillow. What gives? Which sites are correct?
A. Well little buyer, let me tell you the real story of where listings come from that are shown on the internet.
This might be traumatic for you so be sure you are sitting down. (Mommy & Daddy sneak off to the bedroom & close the door ... NO, NO .... not that story!)
There is only ONE SOURCE of listings or houses for sale in your area. The #1 source to find the home of your dreams is coming from the MLS. Realtors® deposit their listings into this cooperating MLS so they can be disseminated to other agents within that MLS. It's a totally cool & cooperative effort to get homes sold.
Then came the popularity of the internet and Realtors® were interested in disseminating their listings for sale there too. Along came Realtor.com, Homes.com, Zillow and Trulia too. They get a direct FEED from the ONE SOURCE for listed homes - the MLS.
So .... if you are a frustrated buyer that is tired of looking at inaccurate information, I suggest that you go to the #1 source and be sure you are signed up there with your agent. You will be assured of seeing homes that are 'actually' for sale instead of come ons, sales pitches or 'make me list my home' gimmicks.
I've tried to let you down gently because the big internet sites don't want you to know they are not the source, not the original.
Sign up with a direct source which would come from your buyers agent. Your frustrations will soon disappear!