Verifications for Trulia Profiles

Real Estate Agent with Real Living | At Home DC / MD / VA

We're all responsible adult professionals, right?

And yet, how many agents do you think are not going to bother with Trulia verifications?

Honestly, in the past month, I jumped through hurdles in order to get another realtor to verify that the withdrawn listing he had was in reality a listing where he had worked both sides.  The listing had closed.  Finally, through some legwork, I was able to get to the title company and they were able to confirm the sale was arm's length.  This was critical to my buyer's appraiser.

Yet, the agent never responded to emails or to phone calls, even when verbally agreeing to follow up an serve appropriate documentation to the appraiser.

I can apprecaiate Trulia trying to enhance their profile strategy, but if part of that is dependent on the other agent taking a step, I fear it won't work well.  If the agent doesn't comply, then the sale will show as "not verified".

Let me take my rose-colored glasses off for a moment and consider if agents will purposefully deny to verify. Yes, I'm pretty certain that will occur as well.

Lets see at what point Trulia tweaks that part of the process.

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Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life

Real Living | At Home
11 Dupont Circle #650
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 518-8781 bus / (703) 868-7774 mobile



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Bill Reddington
Re/max Southern Realty - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

I have always thought that when an appraiser calls me on a previous sale it is pretty important to call them back if I miss the call. Just part of the job.

Aug 04, 2014 01:46 PM #1
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Claude, sometimes some agents are really busy - and sometimes they pretend to be.

Aug 04, 2014 01:56 PM #2
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

I'm not sure what Trulia will be doing now that they are part of Zillow.  It may be a moot point.

Aug 04, 2014 02:28 PM #3
Gerard Gilbers
Higher Authority Markeing - Asheboro, NC
Your Marketing Master

It sounds like contacting the broker would be the next step to ensure the documentation is correct, since they are the responsible party in many states.

Aug 04, 2014 04:16 PM #4
Jeff Fisher
RE/MAX Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
RE/MAX Fine Properties

I agree, always a bit of a problem when another agent doesn't have the time to verify and close the circle on the transaction. The Trulia verification is a pretty simple process. 

Aug 05, 2014 01:26 AM #5
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I have to say with busy real estate markets, we do input listing sales into the MLS, and Trulia should recognize these and get their information correctly.

Aug 05, 2014 11:48 PM #6
Mary Stewart
Keller Williams Atlantic Partners/Southside - Jacksonville, FL

One is never too busy to do things the right way.  Sadly, I understand why a lot of agents don't have a good reputation, just too many short cuts at the expense of others.

Aug 06, 2014 04:13 AM #7
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Claude. It sounds like a bit of common sense, besides how much time would it take.

Thank you for commenting on my post.

Aug 08, 2014 06:05 PM #8
Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

Claude Labbe ~ having the right info is paramount in our business and websites that DON'T publish accurate information need to go by the waste side...

Aug 11, 2014 01:53 AM #9
Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker
RVA Home Team - Richmond, VA
RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity.

I think we have all had experiences where we had to carry the lion share of the work so for Trulia to think some agents will do their part, it is going to be a challenge.

Aug 11, 2014 05:30 AM #10
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

We will never face a shortage of non-responsive real estate agents. 

Thanks for sharing your experience.

Aug 12, 2014 06:50 AM #11
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK


Those are probably the same agents that do not respond on other day to day communciations.  

Aug 13, 2014 11:00 AM #12
Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

I think some agents just don't want the hassle, now if the shoe were on the other foot.....

Aug 16, 2014 05:45 AM #13
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Sybil makes a good point.

Aug 18, 2014 02:27 AM #14
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

It's easily verifiable information and I don't understand how hard it could be for Trulia to find another source.  It's ridiculous.

Aug 19, 2014 10:54 AM #15
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Claude how did I miss this post, sadly I agree some agents do not focus or care and sadly still make a good living....Endre

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