Columbus real estate online - how accurate is it?

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Worthingview listing off the market long agoHow accurate is Columbus real estate online?

You as a buyer or seller or just someone interested in local real estate have access to a lot of information online about homes for sale:

Zillow.com

Trulia.com

Realtor.com

Above are the big three... Realtor.com is the biggest of the three, most traffic, but Realtor.com has a lot more listings than the other two.  There's lots of little places where the information about "Columbus homes for sale" is syndicated.  Some examples are: Oodle, Hot Pads... 

Syndication is a good thing but it would be better if you could rely on the information you find.  Realbird for 1344 Snowmass Rd. Columbus Ohio 43235

Google Base... is a biggie.  I believe but could be wrong that  RealBird... the little houses on RealBird and the information about them comes from Google Base.  There are things I really, really like about RealBird.  I love the cute little houses.  I hate the fact that the information is so bad.   A price reduction on a home taken January 18, 2011 still shows at the old price on January 26, 2011. RealBird itself has the listing with the correct info but the mapping does not show consumers the correct information about the price reduction.   A listing taken off the market in December 2010 still shows up (top snippet.)  The listing agents have removed the home from the MLS. It does not show up on Columbus  real estate brokerage or agents sites. It is not for sale.  Sold homes show up as active.  It's a mess.

Columbus real estate online - how accurate?

Our local paper, the Columbus Dispatch has a portal for Central Ohio or Columbus real estate.

Columbus real estate brokerages online - how accurate is it?

You can find homes on local real estate company websites from Real Living HER, Coldwell Banker King Thompson, Re/Max, Keller Williams and many, many more brokerages that are members of the Columbus Board of REALTORS MLS.

Much more accurate information about homes for sale!

In many cases the individual real estate agents have a site... or sites. Mine MaureenMcCabe.com and CbusHomeSearch.com  my presence on Real Living HER, a little bit different from one another..  You are welcome to look at the Real Living HER online presentation of homes for sale in Central Ohio.

Search using the CbusHomeSearch.com site and you are offered the opportunity to receive the listings directly from the Columbus Board of REALTORS® MLS.

What's your favorite place on the Internet for Columbus real estate information?

More about Columbus real estate online 

Columbus Board of REALTORS Consumer Information the CBR MLS does not show homes for sale. You can not search on the CBR site,... other than using the Realtor.com search.   The Columbus Board of REALTORS  does not have a site that competes with their members!  Other parts of the country handle this differently. Again use the CBusHomeSearch.com link to search and I can design a search for you, you will have your own page, called a 'Client Gateway' on the Columbus Board of REALTORS® MLS.

... and even more Columbus real estate online

Discover Columbus Ohio - Columbus Ohio real estate on Real Estate Acronyms definitions of MLS, IDX, etc.

No I can't explain why it says that on Zillow or Trulia

Where will buyers see your Columbus Ohio home?

The mystery of the missing Columbus Board of REALTORS®  MLS 2010 Results 

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Rainmaker
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I agree. Some of the sites have inaccurate information . Consumers should read the disclaimer when they look up information .

Jan 25, 2011 11:36 PM #1
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

I don't know that reading a disclaimer helps a consumer find real estate in neighborhoods they are interested in.  Or know if the home has already sold or if the price reflects real life. 

There is a margin of error on all online sites.  It is magnified on some real estate sites.  In the olden days you could pick up a Homes Magazine and the information was not correct because of shelf life. I do not like   Realtor.com but it is a lot more accurate than Zillow and Trulia when it comes to showing homes online to consumers in an area, at least in Columbus.  Although Zillow and Trulia are only a % of the listings, they are a lot more accurate than some other sources but a lot of the non MLS stuff they pick up is bogus.

Jan 25, 2011 11:56 PM #2
Rainer
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Irene Kennedy RealtorĀ® in Northwestern NJ
Weichert - Lopatcong, NJ

Maureen,

I know I spend a lot of time updating all the syndicated sites whenever I get a change to one of my listings.  Many don't, just waiting for the MLS to eventually update.  Good for you directing folks to a more authoritative Columbus resource!

Jan 26, 2011 12:02 AM #3
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

I think it is great for agents to update.  It is a lot of work.

The top little house is NOT for sale.  It has not been for sale for a long time.  The listing agents do not have a RealBird account.  Their MLS feed is not telling Trulia, Realtor.com, Zillow or Google Base about a home for sale.  I don't know whether it is showing up on Trulia or Zillow or why it still shows up on Google Base.

Our MLS has gone to super dooper efforts to make data more accurate in the last few years.

I know with our company changes our feeds pulled things off Zillow and Trulia, a few weeks ago.  Any photos uploaded previously had to be redone or not redone. 

I got a RealBird account so my companies virtual tours using my photo would not try to sell me buyers back (at 25%? )  who clicked on the link on the tour, rather than link on the listing to me...  Last week on my one and only listing RealBird tours were on MLS (unbranded) and on Zillow (branded).... Trulia the listing was gone...  RealBird  had the Real Living tour (the tour using my photos that  I would pay 25% referral fee if the buyer clicked on the link on the tour) as the virtual tour.  

Feeds can be frustrating.

Edit I just went to look and the red tour (Real Living) is on my listing on my Real Living site.

 

Jan 26, 2011 12:26 AM #4
Rainer
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Arleen Montford
KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY GULF COAST - Pace, FL
Selling NW Florida Homes in Pace/Milton/Pensacola FL

Good Morning Maureen, . I am trying to finish up my budget for the year by the end of the month. If you could only pick one of the big three which one would you choose. And why?

Jan 26, 2011 12:30 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

The big three?  I don't do any of them.... not that my listings are not there.  They are on all three.  I spruce up on all three (as many photos as possible.)

I would spend the money on ActiveRain or RealBird, or my WordPress site.  Of course I am not a big listing agent.   If I was I would probably do R.com over the other two.  I like Zillow and Trulia.  I believe they offer something for consumers, infotainment.  They do not offer a true picture of the real estate market in Columbus.   There is too small a % of total listings and too high a % of things that are sold, off the market, not for sale yet foreclosure in the future listed as for sale stuff. 

My company has upgraded the R.com thing and they sell back leads from that to the agents who do not upgrade further.... like me.  I really, really considered paying for my mug and my name on Realtor.com last year and decided not to.

Jan 26, 2011 12:49 AM #6
Rainer
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Brian Miecznikowski
Green Realty - Columbus, OH

Be interesting how useful realbird is in the near future when Google drops carrying the listing on Google Base. 

Where will they pull their data from then?

http://www.inman.com/news/2011/01/26/google-drops-real-estate-listings

 

Jan 28, 2011 02:58 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Welcome to ActiveRain Brian.

I think the link you added must be the link to the Inman article / post I am referring to.  Did you think I was remiss in not sharing the link in my post? While the Inman link is no big secret I had decided not to share it in this discussion on my blog.

I think most in the real estate industry can find Inman.  Don't you?

Are you a RealBird subscriber?  I am.  I am wondering what they will do now too, no point with what is left in subscribing next time around as it stands.   For me it was a stop gap anyway until Real Living HER had our new search up.

 

 

Jan 28, 2011 03:35 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

"My bad"  I am assuming Bryan's Brian's comment is on this post where I am talking to the real estate industry:

Goodbye Google Base

in that post I talked about the Inman article which came out about the change in Google Base / real estate on Google Maps

not the post (this post)  a day earlier?  earlier in the same day where I am talking to the general public (and any real estate agents who are behaving themselves, following AR Guidelines, being polite and not trying to put a post for consumers to another use)  about Central Ohio real estate.

I should have paid more attention to what post Brian was commenting on here before commenting  back.

Jan 28, 2011 03:46 AM #9
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