I've just been searching the web on my own

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO 2004008944

The internet is a great place to get an overview of what's available in the local housing market, but it should not be your only source of information. Much of what prospective homebuyers find on the internet is old information or sketchy. Finding what you believe might be your perfect home, only then to learn that it is already sold or no longer on market, is an exercise in frustration. The www does not replace the help of a local expert.

 

Perfect homeYou also should be aware that some houses are sold before being posted online, and some are never online (due to seller preference and other reasons). 

 

In fact, the best way to start your search is to consult a tech-savvy REALTOR who can set you up for automatic emails, based on your search parameters. You will get the information much faster than trolling the internet on your own, because REALTOR-provided information comes directly from the MLS.

All other sources get the information second-hand, after it rolls out from the local MLS feed. That can take from one day to several days. Most of the second tier sites populate the information initially, but few of them UPDATE the information. MLS, however, is constantly updated.

 

When the REALTOR-driven search sends you an interesting property in your price range and in the geographic area where you want to live, you might also find additional photos are posted online. Many customer views from the MLS will include several photos as well as a link to additional online photos or virtual tours. In my market, extensive photo collections of current listings are posted on Houseviewonline.com and semohousehunter.com. It's very easy to look up a specific home on either site, simply by typing in the MLS number.

 

Of course, when you are ready to actually visit houses, you will need the help of that agent who has been feeding you up-to-the-minute information. A phone call or an email is all it takes to get started. Just let the REALTOR of your choice know what you are looking for: location, price range, number of bedrooms, and any other requirements that are important to you (basement, garage, ranch style, number of baths, school district).

That is all it takes to get a reliable, automatic stream of information in your inbox. You don't even have to meet the agent in person, though why would you NOT want to meet a wonderful agent ;-) in person. If you are in my market, drop me an email. I won't bug you--that would be a waste of my time and yours. I will, however, send you the information you have requested. In return, I hope you will call me when you are ready to buy.



 


 
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If you want up-to-the-minute real estate information, the only way to get it is to have an agent set you up on auto-notify with immediate delivery. Your listing information will come directly from MLS only when it comes from an MLS member. You willl not have to wait for the information to roll to those other websites, and you will not have to check multiple sources. It's free, so why not give me a chance to help you in your search?


NO OTHER SOURCE is as complete or as fast as your local REALTOR®’s source. This is not just an advertisement for REALTORS®--it is information about how the system really works.

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Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
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Liz,

What a great post for buyers... and for agents!  Suggested for sure!  Kathy

Mar 15, 2013 02:38 PM #1
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Liz Lockhart
Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO - Cape Girardeau, MO
GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate

Thanks, Kathy! I love those SUGGESTs! Honestly, how often do we hear folks say, "Oh, I'm just looking on my own for right now"?

Mar 15, 2013 02:43 PM #2
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Christine McDaniel
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Porter Co. - Crown Point, IN
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This is a good local post Liz.  Why look anywhere except an mls generated website!

Mar 15, 2013 03:30 PM #3
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Sharon Parisi
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Liz, it usually takes a few calls from clients asking me to double check a listing they saw online, before they trust that I am sending them all current active listings.  So many of the secondary sites leave information up forever.

Mar 15, 2013 04:05 PM #4
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Liz Lockhart
Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO - Cape Girardeau, MO
GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate

Thanks, Christine! I think they look on their own because they don't want to be "sold" yet. I am willing to honor that and put them on auto-notify with no obligation. But then, aren't most agents willing to do that?

Mar 15, 2013 04:09 PM #5
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Liz Lockhart
Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO - Cape Girardeau, MO
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Sharon~In fact, I often get new customers who have called me with old information. Sometimes, they are so frustrated that they are willing to "risk" giving their email address.

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