This is a blog from last year. But it is well worth the repost to remind everyone of the value of using a Realtor for reliable information.
If you have ever searched the web for real estate…you have probably heard the names Zillow and Trulia. These are independent (private) websites with no direct affiliation with a local Realtor, firm, or real estate board. There are actually hundreds of these private sites.
First, here is how it works. Like with most areas…the local Realtor adds a listing to the local Multiple List System or MLS. The MLS is a database that all participating agents use to view their company’s listings as well as all other local or regional listings. In our local area…the MLS covers Virginia’s Eastern Shore and is managed by the Eastern Shore Association of Realtors. It is from this database that Zillow, Trulia, and others get the listing information. They “data-mine” or upload this data from the MLS database to their data base.
The reason they do this is to make money…they will then reach…
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