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What's the Most Reliable Way to Search for Homes On-line

What's the Most Reliable Way to Search for Homes On-line

The Internet is where 95% of all potential home buyers start their search. It may be a focused search if they know where they want to be, or of relocating, they want to get a feel for what's available while maintaining some type of anonymity.

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When they do get started, there are a number of sites that will be right at the top of that search page. They may pick the link that is sponsored by a large real estate brand, or maybe one of the large well known sites that pay to be at the top. All will show homes for sale but who has the true information?

All homes in the system are initially placed there by real estate agents, when the listings are initially secured. This is done through their local Multiple Listing Services, MLS, by way of membership to a real estate board.  These listings get syndicated almost immediately to the large home search sites.  By scraping these listings off the big sites numerous secondary sites also pick up these listings.

Now there are many sites with homes for sale, and some have listings that are not shown on other sites. This is where the misleading begins. Buyers will be told by their real estate agents that the home they found online is no longer available. The buyers will not believe that agent thinking they just want to steer them to something else. Distrust and doubt now enter the home search.

So how will a buyer know they are getting the most current and accurate information? The truth is the most reliable information on homes for sale can be found on the listing search offer by real estate agents on their web sites. The feeds for these agents are obtained directly off of the MLS  by direct data exchange, called IDX feeds. By the rules of the ethics agents must abide by, within hours of anything happening to a listing it must be noted on their MLS systems, This means anything under contract, sold, or rented comes down immediately from the MLS and would then be gone from their IDX feeds.

The large national sites may eventually get these same feeds, but they are not under rules like the real estate agents to remove them. Real estate agents want to give their clients the best service possible. Offering a direct feed home search is how they can assure they are offering their clients the most current home data available.  Many agents will encourage and promote their sites to get buyers to come there.  It doesn't mean that those buyers will be harassed or aggressively chased for their business.  This is important when buyers will usually search for months before they will openly reach out to an agent.

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Are you a Central Connecticut home buyer looking for the most up to the minute information of homes for sale? I have a direct feed that offers all this information, free. Connecticut homes for sale is easy to get onto. I am not one to bother my potential clients but am there to offer information when it is requested.

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Comment balloon 11 commentsEd Silva • February 11 2016 06:58PM


    I set up my Buyers with direct links from my MLS for "new listings".  They quickly realize that this is far superior to ZTR or any other website.

Posted by Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) about 3 years ago

Hire a local agent to represent us and then get listing updates sent to me via email in real time. Stay off the public portals ... that is the danger zone.

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) about 3 years ago

Ed the Internet is great for somethings but lacking in others as you pointed out.  Purchasing a home is a huge expenditure, and requires the assistance of an expert, not a monitor and mouse.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) about 3 years ago

Ed - There are a lot of issues with the third-party real estate sites like Zillow and Trulia maintaining updated date on homes for sale and homes sold. The local MLS will always have the most updated information, and is the best place to search for homes.

Posted by Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807, Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor (Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com) about 3 years ago

Good morning Ed. I don't want my clients running around unrepresented, I like to refer them to a Realtor that I have some connect with and hopefully know.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) about 3 years ago

Hi Ed.  It is amazing how we pay to be in a MLS who sells OUR information to a third party who sells the leads back to us.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) about 3 years ago

Hi Ed,

Unfortunately, there are still a lot of buyers who rely on Zillow when they search properties despite the many instances they were told the properties are no longer available and those sites are inaccurate.

Posted by Maria Gilda Racelis, Home Ownership is w/in Reach. We Make it Happen! (Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington) about 3 years ago

There have been buyers, who found homes on one of those sites, then drove by the home to take a look and since it looked vacant, with no lights, they got out and was peeking in the windows when the owners came home.  They bought it 3 years prior, but the site still had it as being For Sale.  It's a good thing they didn't get shot.  After explaining, there were no problems.

Posted by Larry Johnston, Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN (Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC) about 3 years ago

Searching online is a great way to start, but working with an agent is the most efficient.  Why waste your time?

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 3 years ago

Ed I have been singing this song for a long time and people can not comprehend that the Z & T's are not accurate... outside of RedF... the MLS are the two best portals... and if you want good service than you reach out to a Realtor who is going to set you up with an automatic program to get the fresh listings...Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) about 3 years ago

Ed, there are so many sites for buyers to find, search and HOPE they have the most accurate.   Our web sites do have a direct feed to the local MLS and is the most accurate.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) about 3 years ago