Nobody likes stale listings, but unfortunately they’re all too abundant online. Earlier this year our analysis of over 430,000 listings found that providers who syndicate data from outside the MLS have some of the highest error rates of all sources, with over 21% of the data containing price or status errors.
At Trulia we’re committed to improving the accuracy of property information across the web. We use tight “staleness” filters to make sure we don’t display listings from aggregators that are expired or sold. In some cases these proactive filters remove a few active listings from our site along with the stale ones, but we’ve just released several improvements to My Listings that promise to alleviate that problem.
1. New Notifications
Agents will now receive notifications if any of their listings meet our “staleness” criteria and are in danger of being removed from Trulia.
2. Listing Expiration Dates
Listings classified as stale will now show an expiration date indicating when they will be removed from Trulia if no action is taken.
3. Refresh Capability
Agents can now ‘Refresh’ listings that carry an expiration date to ensure that those listings remain live on Trulia.
Coming soon we will also begin alerting agents via email if one of their listings is about to expire.
Visit My Listings now to check your listings, refresh any of in danger of expiration, and do your part to help improve the accuracy of property information on the web by reviewing your listing data and updating any information that is inaccurate or incomplete. Better data online is a community effort, and if we work together, we can make great strides to keep listing data on Trulia and elsewhere fresh and flawless.