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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Why You Shouldn't Trust Zillow and Trulia?

There are many great Austin area homes for sale. Click here to perform a full home search, or if you're thinking of selling your home, click here for a FREE Home Value Report so you know what buyers will pay for your home in today's market. You may also call me at (512) 590-0850 for a FREE home buying or selling consultation to answer any of your real estate questions.

As you know, almost everyone begins their home search online. There is nothing wrong with this as long as you take information from sites like Zillow and Trulia with a grain of salt. These sites are often inaccurate and outdated, and have frustrated many buyers and sellers.

For example, a few weeks ago a client sent us 12 homes they wanted to see that they had found online. We discovered that only 2 of the homes were available - the others were sold, under contract, and a few hadn't been on the market for years. Another problem with Zillow and Trulia is that their algorithms can't take into account trends in the local market and upgrades that have been made to homes. Since Texas is a non-disclosure state, what a home sells for is not public record. This makes it even more difficult for these sites to give you an accurate home estimate.

As you can see, Zillow and Trulia simply don't have access to the relevant information to make your buying or selling process any easier. That's why it's best to work with a local real estate professional. Don't hesitate to give us a call or shoot us an email if you have any questions about the market. We will help get you the information you need for a successful transaction.