Buy a Home, Searching for a Home Online

You’re ready to buy a home! Before you begin searching for a home online,  you need to have an idea what you are looking for.  Ask yourself;

  • Is there a specific area, zip code, or school district that I want to focus on?
  • How many bedrooms will meet my needs today and in the next few years?
  • What size garage do I need?
  • How small or large of a home would I be most comfortable in?
  • Do I need to be close to any area amenities?
  • How far am I willing to commute to work?
  • Are there any special features that I will need in my home (two dining areas, ground floor master bedroom, bonus room, home office, pool, acreage)

searching homes online

For most people, by the time a decision to contact a Realtor has been made, they’ve already been searching for a home online for awhile. Why wouldn’t you? It’s so easy to do, sitting on the couch in your jammies watching TV. Plus, there are gobs of websites to choose from. Heck, I just typed “online home search” into Google and found 2.7 billion matches!

Here’s the deal, not all those billions on real estate websites have accurate or updated information. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a home shopper contact me about a listing they found online. It’s always their dream home at an incredible price! The reason they found the sweet house in their price range? It sold five years ago and the website has not been updated since then. I hate that.

There has to be a better way, right? Your best bet for up to date listing information in the Oklahoma City metro is to have your Realtor create a custom MLS Portal for you.  An MLS Portal is your personal website that will display up to date listing information in real time based solely on your search criteria. When a new listing that matches your criteria hits the market, you receive an email notification. You can sort the homes displayed, leave notes for yourself and/or your Realtor, or make adjustments to the search at any time.

For accurate and updated listing information, put your Realtor to work. It will save you plenty of disappointment and frustration in the long run.

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