If you have ever bought or sold a home you more than likely started the process online, whether is was looking for a local REALTOR® or searching in a particular part of town for a particular house with the criteria that meets your needs. There are a lot of choices out there as far as Real Estate Search Sites go, but most people have heard of the big ones which will remain nameless on this post.
What a lot of people don't know is these big sites take the feed from an individual agent's MLS to show up on their site, then in return, they sell advertising space beside that agent's listing "to other agents". What happens when the consumer wants information about that particular listing? The big sites give them "your" information and before you know it you have 3 or more agents calling you trying to get your business. I wouldn't think there is anything illegal about this, but at minimum it is misleading to the public; not to mention a lot of these sites have houses on there that "look" like they are for sale, but they actually sold months, if not years before.
My recommendation is to find a local REALTOR® that you like and trust and stick with them, have them set up searches for you on their own site which is coming straight from their local MLS. This is true information and not just taken from tax records. My site, just like many agent's sites out there, now require you to sign in to be able to view homes. Some people may find this annoying, but truth be told, it benefits you more than you would think. If you are a serious buyer or seller you should not mind giving your name and contact information in order to access a reliable site. Here are a few reasons you should not hesitate signing up and creating an account.
- You have your own search site with total control over the criteria you choose.
- You can decide how often you receive alerts.
- You have one REALTOR® with your contact information, not multiple agents calling you.
- You now have someone in your corner looking out for your best interests.
- You can access a website that not only has accurate information, but is updated daily and has multiple search tools and state of the art technology making it easy to use on a desktop, laptop or device.
Notice there are a lot of "You(s)" in the reasons above. That is because it is about "you", not the big real estate sites advertising profits.
Please take a few minutes to look over my website and feel free to contact me at your convenience.