What options do you have? Where do you go? What are your guarantee's that the information that you are getting on the "box" is correct, updated and accurate?
A little about Real Estate Listings - In Southern California - there are more than a dozen Boards of Realtors - each boards governs their members and to list and sell real estate you need to be several things:
- A Licensed Agent (passing the state Real Estate exam paves this path)
- A Member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR)
- A Member of the California Association of Realtors (CAR)
- A Member of your local Board of Realtors
- You must be Bald
I am thinking the last requirement might be something that I secretly wish...
So, there are rules built into these memberships governing the way an agent enters a listing into the Multiple Listing Service - or Board or Realtor Database. Rules that are broken carry stiff fines - pertaining to truth, honesty, and putting these properties pending or unavailable when that time comes.
When conducting a Real Estate Search, when you are utilizing a product that is located somewhere outside of this Source Data - you are playing a risky game - what you are looking at might be a home that is located in a super small town thousands of miles from here where the prices are under 25K. But it could be advertised as being in So. California. You won't know until you have some bait thrown at you, thereby, you taking it and having a taste. There is blood in the water folks - don't get harpooned.
Therefore, to avoid that confusion and to make sure what you are looking at is "real". Utilize a search engine that is pulling data constantly from the boards of Realtors that govern the areas or cities you are interested in.