According to the latest study by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), every year more home buyers are finding their home on the internet. In 2001, 8 percent of those who purchased a home, found it on the internet. By 2009, the rate jumped more than four-fold to 36 percent! In all, 90 percent of those looking for a home used the internet. And it is not just the younger generation going online. Of those 45 to 64 years of age, an impressive 86 percent were surfing the internet.
While search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing provide a great deal of information to start your Alaska real estate search, you can easily be overwhelmed with too much information! You are left asking: "how do I wade through 10,000 matches to get what I need?"
We know the internet is a great tool, but how can you maximize your search and get to the nitty-gritty of finding the home of your dreams?
Here are some helpful tips:
* First, write down exactly what you are looking for in a home and be specific.
* Note sites that use the latest technology like Google maps to show a home's location.
* Look for sites that offer a video showcase of homes for sale.
* Use sites with a Multiple Listing Service (MLS) link to see all available homes in your area.
* Stick with the companies that often appear on the first page of your search results. These have usually been around longer and tend to have better developed web pages.
The website you use should provide a single portal that allows you to look at residential listings, for sale by owner ads, financing, rentals, and everything else that is real estate related. Good search terms to use should key in on the city you are interested in. You can also get better results by looking for videos and additional services such as mortgage companies. Some good search terms would be:
* Alaska homes
* Anchorage real estate
* Wasilla homes virtual tour
* Alaska home Inspectors
* Alaska For Sale By Owner
* Fairbanks home builders
Finding your next home on the internet is not only possible; it can be easier than it's ever been before.