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Searching For Real Estate Online

How convenient is life these days. Everything seems to be just a click of a button away, including new homes! That’s right. You can now find a home by surfing the web and using specific tools on the internet to help your search go smoothly. Searching for real estate online is a fact of life, and there’s a few pointers on the best way to do it.

According to the National Association of Realtors, 92% of home buyers conducted a portion of their search on the internet. Which is quite a staggering number compared to years ago when you literally had to do everything manually from taking your own photos of the house to driving wherever it was to see it, etc.

searching for real estate online

When searching for a home online, there are certain steps that you should follow to help make the experience easy and painless.

Search For Real Estate Online Using Our MLS

The first step should be to search MLS, you can do this through our site by clicking the “Properties Tab”. Why? Because that is the go-to for MLS (Multiple Listing Service). Literally every Real Estate Agent uses this tool. And so should you! With updates every 15 minutes it shouldn’t be hard to pinpoint a home perfect for you!

On this tool you will have access to all the basic information on the homes and be able to see photos of them as well.

Do Your Own Real Estate Research Online

Next you need to do some research of your own. Figure out how long the home has been on the market. Maybe do a drive-by to see where it’s located and if that location will work for you. Look at the price changes it has gone through since the seller has listed it. See if there are foreclosures in the area and how many. Neighboring homes that have recently been sold. The amount you should expect to pay on property taxes, and etc.

Next you will want to check out Trulia. This tool allows you to see how the neighborhoods stacked up. From what school zones they land in, if they are located in up-and-coming areas. The crime rates in the neighborhoods. And where they are located in proximity to favorite stores and etc.

Clearly the internet makes it very easy to find a good home, but nothing quite beats having an expert on your side. Seeking out a professional to help you with buying is always a good choice. They can help with real time updates, accessing the homes, getting the best deals, figuring out what areas are best suited for you and more. So although a website can give you the head start in finding where you want to move, an agent is going to be what ultimately gives you the keys.

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