Have you been searching for your next home online? Are you feeling overwhelmed by all the websites and search engines available? Don’t be! We are here to help guide you through searching for your next real estate purchase!
When you go online to search for properties for sale, you can become inundated with resources. Some ads are legitimate and some are so vague you can’t even figure out who to contact about the property. One of the most common websites available is Zillow.com, but did you know it is an open platform and anyone can put information on there? It’s true! One of the major issues homebuyers have is not knowing if the information is legitimate or a scam. For example, Zillow.com especially will post "Zestimates". Montana is a non-disclosure state therefore sold data is not public and unable to factor into Zillow's zestimates to value a home against another. Craigslist is also a major website for scammers. Sometimes these specific websites do have legitimate properties for sale, but it is hard to know which ones are real and which ones aren’t.
Realtor.com and Trulia.com are two other major national websites used to search properties and receive detailed information, but their data can be inaccurate as well! Both websites pull information from multiple MLS services across the country, so if one website has inaccurate information it can reflect on another website.
The best way to find the most accurate data on homes for sale in any area is to search your local real estate websites. Local Realtors pull their data directly from the Multiple Listing Service, known as the MLS®. Most local Agents, like us here at Tamara Williams & Company, will spend thousands of dollars annually to develop websites with accurate information based on the local MLS data.
When you are ready to start your search for properties, start by locating a local Real Estate Brokerage and look at their website for properties. You are more likely to receive up-to-date information and better results as local Realtors will spend the necessary time updating their systems daily.
Let’s recap! When you are ready to start your online search for properties, contact Tamara Williams & Company, and we’d be happy to provide accurate and up to date properties!