Zillow and Trulia may be (or have been) the real estate search monsters in San Diego, but their sites now remind me of Swiss cheese–with big holes. You see, San Diego’s MLS, Sandicor, no longer syndicates to these sites for a number of valid reasons including what they do with listing information. Instead, many agents and brokerages are syndicating directly to these sites, while many others will only do so on a case by case by case basis–or not at all. The result is that neither Zillow nor Trulia have all listings on their sites and in fact are missing much more than a few.
So where to find an agent in San Diego–or a complete a timely resource for all San Diego homes listed for sale?
My first recommendation would be to visit local real estate agents’ and brokerage sites. Here you will find all listings that are provided by a full IDX feed from Sandicor. If you browse around the site, you may find a blog and a wealth of community information that cannot not be found on the Zillows and Trulias. A good place to start would be to find sites that at least have the city or community name in their title. That will increase your chance of finding an agent who truly knows and works in the local market.
On these local sites, you will also find the richest resource for finding homes for sale in San Diego communities–including occasional listings that are not yet on the market. Of course, if you are searching the San Diego, Encinitas, Del Mar and Carlsbad real estate markets we would love to represent you–but that is a blatant and self-serving pitch. There are literally hundreds of agent sites that will not only provide complete listing information but valuable community information and insight as well.
These sites are largely funded by agent advertising and the agents you see next to a listing may not even work in the neighborhoods shown–but pay dearly to be an “impression” seen by you.