My partner Kate Stevens and I (Kate@StAugustineTeam.com , 904-377-2276) did the video on this above … here’s the high points below.
Okay, so you’re looking for a home online, and you’re trying to find a home that is:
A) Actually for sale.
B) The price listed is correct.
C) Listed in some type of rational order (sorted by price, for example).
D) You can actually buy it (assuming you have the cash and/or financing, of course)
Pretty simple, huh? Well as you know (because you’ve been looking online already), you find a lot of homes that aren’t for sale, may have been for sale at one time, could be for sale in the future, may never be for sale, along with a few that actually are for sale, but of course, listed in no type of rational order. Chock full of sidebar ads as well.
The best place to go is your local realtor’s website.
Most realtors (that have websites) have sites that are “IDX enabled.” You don’t need to know what that is, but essentially it’s a site linked to the beating heart of an MLS.
On other realtor sites it may say “Search Properties” or “Search for Homes” or some such thing.
In our case the only ads are the branding on the actual website itself (for St Augustine Team Realty). The homes are listed in order (in our case, starting with the most expensive first).
On nearly every realtor’s site you will be able to add the things you want to search for (bedrooms, baths, and price for example). On our site you are able to put in what you’re looking for on the left sidebar.
These realtor sites are the most accurate because they feed from MLS systems without filters, and without data scraped from public records or other websites. They are typically updated every fifteen minutes.
They are accurate except when they are not. In other words, sometimes the feed itself is not accurate. Our home MLS system, for example, shows certain homes (we call these “contingent” listings locally) as active when they are actually under contract or pending. Contingent listings show up as active for political reasons, not practical ones.
We think that sucks too.
I’m quite sure some other systems do the same thing, so that’s why it’s good to take the next step: talk to a living breathing Realtor (me for example).
The other thing a Realtor can do is sort out nuance. You’re looking for a “big yard,” but there’s no search for “big yard.” A Realtor can get that done for you. Some MLS systems are also notorious for having no school district data, or wrong data. A Realtor can help point you in the right direction as well.
Tech is great, but it takes a real live Realtor to get you what you want. Just contact me at the email up top or Kate at Kate@StAugustineTeam.com or 904-377-2276 and we’ll get started right away.