Today’s real estate consumers are savvier than ever, and they now have access to information with just a few mouse clicks or swipes. Massive sites like Trulia and Zillow pull public data and wrap it up it a pretty package, but it’s dangerous to rely on this data as your only source of information. These well-advertised monster sites are often days, and sometimes weeks behind, and much of the information can be incorrect or skewed because the tax records they pull their data from are not always accurate. Since they are not members of the MLS, they are unable to access the information the MLS provides.

When you’re shopping for a home, the only way to get the real skinny on what is happening on a day-to-day basis in the real estate market is to consult a good local agent and to use a localized app like the one at This app features all the bells and whistles like the monster sites but provides you with real time MLS data rather than just unreliable amalgamations of public records.

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