Orlando REALTOR® Suggests Buyers Stay Away From Big National Real Estate Websites

Rick Arbutine, a local Orlando REALTOR® and executive relocation specialist who serves primarily luxury home buyers, says the wise move is usually to stay away from the big national home search websites because of incorrect, outdated and misleading data.

Online PR News – 06-June-2013 – ORLANDO, Fla. – ORLANDO, Fla. - While the big real estate search sites get bigger and spend more money to market their services, local REALTOR® Rick Arbutine says that wise buyers are increasingly steering clear of such sites due to major problems with the accuracy of their listing data.

Arbutine, who says the Better Business Bureau gave one such site, Zillow, an F rating because of rampant issues with bad data, believes that such problems are inherent to most national sites because of how listing data are collected and published.

"The national home search sites are a real problem for consumers, because they rarely have the most accurate data available on home listings. Many times the data are outdated, incorrect, or dangerously misleading."

He cites one published report of a man who recently discovered that Zillow was listing his home as a foreclosed property for years. His renters discovered it, wondering why they were paying him rent for a property Zillow said he didn't own.

The national home search sites are a real problem for consumers because they rarely have the most accurate data available on home listings. Many times the data are outdated incorrect or dangerously misleading.

Arbutine says an even more common problem for buyers is that of outdated data on listings. He says that the data for national sites is usually compiled from several different sources, and is subject to little, if any, verification.

"I frequently have buyers calling me up to look at a property that is simply not on the market any more, and hasn't been for weeks or months, in some cases. That is just a colossal waste of time for the consumer to be searching an outdated database of homes."

He says the solution for local home buyers is to search local websites connected to the local MLS databases of homes.

"Searching locally for Orlando real estate is the key to getting the most accurate information about Orlando home listings. The same is true anywhere else in the country."

He says that no matter what part of the country a buyer is looking in, there is an MLS board of REALTORS® with an accurate database of listings. Real estate agents who are members of that board can typically display current listing data that is far more up to date, usually within minutes or hours of the listing being entered, the price updated, or the status changed.

"People ask me why it matters if the consumer eventually has to talk to a local agent anyway, and the answer is that it matters a great deal. Buyers can easily miss out on the opportunity to purchase their dream home by resorting to national sites, just because they were looking in the wrong place for it."

About Rick Arbutine REALTOR®

Rick Arbutine is a REALTOR® and expert in buying and selling Orlando luxury properties at http://luxuryhomesorlandofla.com. His area of specialization includes Walt Disney World and the surrounding communities of Longwood, Lake Mary, Windermere, and Sanford. A top agent with Charles Rutenberg Realty, Arbutine is known for introducing his clients to Orlando’s most exclusive communities, helping them explore the million dollar listings that define the Orlando's luxury real estate market.

The level of real estate client served by Arbutine expects and gets exemplary service. Arbutine has extensive experience in high-end homes, and a deep understanding of the caliber of professional service and personal attention it takes to satisfy his clients. He is an attentive agent who is committed to always being available to answer questions, manage solutions to challenges that may arise during a transaction, and provide guidance. In addition, his team will insure that each transaction is complemented with a comprehensive selection of tools, resources and support staff.

Rick Arbutine, REALTOR®
Charles Rutenberg Realty
1900 Summit Power Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32810
Direct: 407-928-8113
Fax: 407-644-2032

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