Real-Estate-For-Sale-InternetDid you know that according to the National Association of REALTORS 90% of all buyers begin their search for a home online. And if you are reading this blog you are probably in the 90%.


So let’s talk about where to search for a home or property online. There are so many sites to look at how in the world do you decide? Do you look for the paid advertisements that pop up on the first Google Search Page? Do you go to the ones you have seen advertised on your Facebook Page? Do you search the one you saw advertised on TV? Most people will search all of the above. Trulia, Zillow, Redfin, eLookyloo and others. But the reality is some of these sites are manually inputting listings, some are pulling from other sites and some are actually pulling directly from the Multiple Listing Services. But buyer beware!


It is not uncommon for our clients to call and say hey I found this wonderful foreclosure home on a specific site. It is always our pleasure to look up the homes but then most often we have to inform our clients the home they want was sold over a year ago. This is one example of a site that doesn’t keep their inventory current. It always is upsetting when they think they have found the bargain of the century but it is a prime example of why clients need to use a reliable and dependable site.


The good news is we have just that site! Your REALTOR will always be able to set you up with a personal website that will populate with every new listing the minute it comes on the MLS AND email you a link to each listing! This is known in some MLS’s as a Client Portal. That service will give you everything locally listed. There is also another alternative. That is a REALTOR owned site known as REALTOR.com. This site will populate every home listed in an area even if it is listed by an out of area MLS. Just think having the online world of accurate information at the tip of our fingertips. If you are using REALTOR.com you can then easily send a link to your REALTOR and ask for more details. This is the ultimate experience of shopping in your PJ’s. What a way to go.


Once you have selected all of the listings that interest you then you can get together with your agent, go over all of the listings to find out which ones really work for your needs and select the very best homes to view in person. What a great way to optimize your time and energy.

Happy House Hunting!


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