“Sorry, that home isn’t available. Maybe it never was.”

If you’re in the market to buy a home and you’ve spent any time on Zillow or Trulia, you’ve likely experienced some disappointment over the status of some of the properties that appear there.

Real estate agents have recognized for years that their information is inaccurate or outdated.  We blame it on the fact that the majors are primarily data aggregators and lead generators. They pull in all kinds of information and display it in attractive, user-friendly formats with intent to deliver home buyer and seller leads to agents who pay for them.

I came across an article on Inman News by Teresa Boardman this morning (Silly buyer, the Internet is for sellers and real estate agents!) that sheds some light on how some real estate agents are manipulating the information they share on these sites to circumvent the cooperative spirit of the real estate industry.

I agree with everything the article says.  Buyers have every right to be angry when they spend time chasing homes that aren’t available.

The process of buying a home is difficult enough without misinformation and underhanded tactics.

Let me be very clear:  At SellerNation we don’t play games.

When a buyer sees a new SellerNation listing, it is available to be toured with clear indication of the property’s anticipated sale date.  We eagerly cooperate with real estate agents working with qualified buyers, and they will always have an equal opportunity to show and sell our listings.

Because that’s the way it should be.

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