What Every Buyer Should Know About MLS Listings Online

Real Estate Agent with Sheri Dettman & Associates

Philosopher Francis Bacon is quoted as saying “Knowledge Is Power.” Today’s Internet certainly delivers a lot of knowledge and frankly from what I see on a regular basis–a lot of junk. I’m amazed at how much inaccurate information is presented daily on so many of the big national real estate search sites.

Not Exactly Fresh

I recently checked on several of my own Palm Springs area properties that are currently listed on our Desert Area MLS®. Zillow® lists several available properties as ‘not for sale’ – information that in this case is actually two years old! And I see the same results on Realtor.com® and Trulia®. On the flip side these sites also show several of my listed properties as ‘for sale’ when in fact they in fact have been in escrow for a number of days (pending sale).

Or Fresh Every 15 Minutes

The MLS property listings you can view on our Sheri Dettman & Associates real estate websites are updated about every 15 minutes directly from our local MLS. Not next week, next month or next year. Keep in mind that the goal of most big national real estate sites is to sell advertising, not to serve homebuyers and sellers. I don't sell advertising and personally I'll take fresh over stale any day!

About Sheri Dettman

Sheri Dettman & Associates is associated with Luxury Homes by Keller Williams Realty, the second largest residential realty company in North America. Sheri's small team of specialists were ranked #1 in 2011 here in the Palm Springs real estate market.


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Jeffrey Jones
AZ Home Seekers - San Tan Valley, AZ
AZ Home Seekers, azhomeseekers.com

Hi SWheri,

we get at least a call a week from a consumer looking at third party sites pulling up old listings.

We keep telling them if looks too good to be true, it probably is.

Thats why people need agents.

Nov 26, 2012 07:32 AM #1
Nan Jester
Exit Real Estate Gallery Jacksonville Beach, FL - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Realtor, Exit Real Estate Gallery
No kidding!!! These sites may cause some good but I think more often than not, they cause harm to us.
Nov 26, 2012 07:45 AM #2
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