Over 80% of buyers begin their home search on the internet, this is due to two primary factors:
a) the growth of technology
b) the subsequent demise of print media.
Have you noticed the number of free newspapers being distributed of late – in the fast food restaurants, pizza shops etc., while all the information on any subject that interests you is available – on the web.
Searching For Your Next Home On The Web
The best methods are mls.ca, agent and brokerage sites, and daily property updates. Let’s take a look at each one.
This service will allow you to search properties across Canada, all properties that are listed on local Real Estate boards are subsequently loaded onto mls.ca. This service avails you the opportunity to see and compare homes in your neighbourhood as well as the neighbourhood you are considering for relocation. The downside is that it is not always current, new listings may take a few days to upload and sold properties are not always removed as quickly as one would like. This leads to inaccuracies in availability which can at times be very frustrating.
Agent and Brokerage Sites
These sites will give you local properties to see and are for the most part, current. Although somewhat limited in volume and variety, these sites will also introduce you to an agent and their brokerage and will give you a good feel as to whether or not this is the group of professionals you would like to work with to make your next home purchase. Remember, the agent and the professionals you decide to work with is probably the most important part of your search, people you can be comfortable with to complete your search.
Daily Property Updates
This is the quickest and most efficient means to find your next home. Once you’ve found an agent and brokerage you want to work with, this service will keep you on top of the market. The agent will submit your search criteria, including price, location, number of bedrooms etc. and you will receive listings overnight as they come to market. You will see new listings at the same time local agents are made aware of them.**Nothing on this website should be confused with financial or legal advice. If you need this, or any other type of advice, please seek the help of a competent professional. In addition, because real estate laws change all the time and differ from state to state, and even city to city in the same state, everything in these pages should be considered general marketing advice and ideas. Please see link to full Disclaimer at the bottom of this page.