I received an inquiry recently asking for information about a house in Lyndon Station. It turns out that the house had an offer and the sale actually closed a couple of days ago. When I returned this information to the inquirer she seemed surprised. She gave me the name of the web site that still had the house listed as active and wondered how it could be sold.
I receive many inquiries like this from internet shoppers and many end up just like this inquiry did, the house was sold or no longer on the market and the individual wonders how this can happen. It is simple; the internet does not always have accurate information. I know this first hand because my listings are often incorrect when listed on the various real estate sites. Listings make their way to the internet by way of a data interchange between the various MLS sites as well as private real estate sites that syndicate their listings. This data interchange is a great thing, it has changed the way we all buy and sell real estate. But the reader needs to understand that this information (as far as that goes all information) can be inaccurate. There is also a time delay between when a new listing is posted and when it makes its way to the syndicated sites. This is also true for changes made to listings.
The message here is that if you are a serious buyer you need to engage with a Realtor who has access to the MLS. We pay a significant fee to be members of the MLS and in return for this fee we have the most up-to-date information available about real estate for sale. In addition, the MLS gives us the contact information for the listing agent so we can call them and find out more information about the property for sale.
Another important reason to work with a Realtor is the knowledge the Realtor has about the market, the neighborhood, and the property. A knowledgeable Realtor will probably have viewed the property of interest and can give first hand information that can not be gleaned from a web site listing or looking at pictures.
So if you're serious, call a Realtor.