Where do Listings come from?

Reblogger John Meussner
Mortgage and Lending with Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, NMLS #138061 MMCD #1141

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!

Original content by Lyn Sims

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'dlistings on the internet 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.

where do listings come fromSo .... 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!



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Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Thanks for the re-blog John, I missed the original post. There was a post in one of the FB groups I belong to from someone who's moving to FL from another state, she was frustrated as Z wasn't showing all the listings. There were several people suggesting T & R and nobody said to contact a Realtor. I did of course, hope she will do so.

May 25, 2016 08:11 AM #1
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad


I missed Lyn's post so thank you for the reblog. We hear all the time that these various sites all have different listings,including ones that are no long for sale. Still, buyers still use them.


May 25, 2016 09:15 AM #2
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

An excellent post for a re-blog.  Only an agent will have all the accurate information available and they are usually very easy to talk to

May 25, 2016 11:34 AM #3
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning John. A popular post shared by Lyn and good choice for a re-blog. How anyone follows numbers that comes from Zillow is beyond me.

May 25, 2016 07:45 PM #4
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for reblogging the post. I missed reading the original one. 

May 25, 2016 09:12 PM #5
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
PK Real Estate Utah South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Now, consumers have the rest-of-the-story John! Great re-blog.

May 26, 2016 01:16 AM #6
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Hallmark Realtors - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Good choice for reblog, John. SO many people try second-rate sources and get frustrated when all of the "listings" they encounter are off the market by the time they see them.

May 27, 2016 06:26 AM #7
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