Best way to Search for a home

By
Real Estate Agent with Windermere Cornerstone

There are several different ways to search for a home:

  • Real Estate Book
  • Real Estate Channel
  • Broker Websites
  • Agent Websites
  • Trulia.com
  • Craigslist.com
  • Newspapers
  • Open Houses
  • Driving around
  • Word of mouth

All these searches can be effective and most definitely some more than others. Not everyone has the Internet so the print publications may be their best source to get the information. For Example, the Real Estate book comes out every month. Agents put their new listings in 3 weeks before the book hits the stands. If the home was a good deal and/or in a desired area more than likely it has an offer on it by the time the publication comes out.

                                           

Realtors use a program called Paragon which is the Spokane Multiple Listing Service (MLS). Realtors use this program to insert and advertise their clients homes & properties. Paragon is the most accurate form of getting complete information on a home. From the homes Status (Active, Sold, Pending, Contingent, or other), it Days on Market (DOM), Tax records, showing instructions, etc.

If you are not already working with a BUYERS AGENT and would like to receive active homes with the most up to date information fill out the questions below and I will set you up to view all listings that match your criteria directly from the MLS. The benefit of being set up on this free system is that you are notified by email once a new home or price change that matches your criteria comes on the market.

 The following list cities are registered in the Spokane MLS For Jeremy Bray:

 Airway Heights

 Latah

  Nine Mile

  Spokane Valley

 Wilbur

 Cheney

 Liberty Lake

  Oakesdale

  Sprague

 

 Colbert

 Loon Lake

  Otis Orchards

  Springdale

 

 Davenport

 Malden

  Reardan

  St. John

 

 Deer Park

 Marshall

  Ritzville

  Suncrest

 

 Fairfield

 Mead

  Rockford

  Tekoa

 

 Four Lakes

 Medical Lake

  Rosalia

  Tumtum

 

 Freeman

 Mica

  Seven Bays

  Valleyford

 

 Greenacres

 Millwood

  Spirit Lake

  Veradale

 

 Greenbluff

 Newman Lake

  Spokane

  Waverly

 

STEP ONE
Go to http://www.nwmaps.com/SARGridMap / where you will find a zone map of the Spokane MLS.  Go to the bottom of the page and find the  plus + and minus signs that will allow you to enlarge the map.  If you know where you want the search conducted please put those particular zone numbers on your questionnaire.

STEP TWO
Copy and past the following questions and answers and email them to me at jbray@windermere.com

Name:

Address:

City/State/Zip

Home Phone (with area code):

Cell Phone (with area code):

Work Phone (with area code):

Email Address: 

Minimum Required Bedrooms:    +

Minimum Required Baths:    +

Minimum Required Garages:    +

Age of Home: 

Maximum Price For Search:

Minimum Sq. Footage of Home:

Style of Home You DO NOT Want:

Style of Home You DO Want: 

Location of home search (Area/Zone numbers):

Is Acreage Necessary in the search? (Y or N). If it must be, please indicate minimum acreage wanted:

Minimum and Maximum Price Range for Search: $                          to $ 

Basement Required? (Y or N):

What would be the date of the potential purchase begin?: 

Have You Been Pre-approved For A Mortgage?  (Y or N)   If No, Do You Want A Recommended Mortgage Broker's Contact?

 Do You Have A Home To Sell (Y or N)? If yes may I recommend a "referred Realtor" in your city to contact?

Thank you for taking the time to complete this questionnaire. I will reply within 24 hours with your MLS search results.

"The Happy Homes Team"

Jeremy Bray & John Stirling
Windermere Cornerstone
509-230-5435 or 879-3551
www.happyhomesteam.com

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