The MLS is a Powerful Tool
Any top producing real estate agent knows how to do quick investigations using the MLS. Early on in my career when I would sit as the floor agent in the office, I would get callers with not nearly enough information on properties wanting more information. I quickly learned how to do map searches, searches based on street names, our office inventory and even brokerage names. (It was odd how many buyers would end up calling our office for other brokerages listings. Getting them to describe the sign out front would help.
Of course, not every investigation has had to do with a property for sale. Not too long ago, an agent in our office was visiting a friend several counties away and feel down a flight of stairs. Another friend of hers and I in the office were trying to determine which hospital the ambulance would have taken her to from where her friend lived. All we knew is the county in which he purchased, the year he purchased, the lake near the property, the first name of the agent that sold it to him and how our friend had described the property (being an apartment on top of a garage.) Within ten minutes of combing sold listings, we had found her friend's address and then were able to determine the hospital she was taken to. The MLS comes in handy!
Tonight, the MLS and yours truly, Top Producing Bristow Real Estate Agent extraordinaire, used the MLS to make sure an HOA vote was counted. As part of my volunteer effforts in my community, where I also farm, I am part of the elections committee for the HOA. When I showed up to count ballots tonight, the manager showed me a ballot they were throwing out because they couldn't make out the name or address. I looked at the name an instantly recognized it. A quick MLS search revealed that the home owner had put in her primary reesidence address in teh proxy form, not the property she owned in our neighborhood. The on-site manager was able to verify her address in our neigborhood, and from there, her name.
If these are the skills I can use in my spare time, imagine what I can do to help find your dream home? Or help you sell? Give me a call and let's get started.