Hunting for a new home online is a great place to start your search, but it should not be your end all
be all. Good listing agents are excellent at highlighting the best features of the home, but keep in
mind there may be more than meets the eye. To make the most of your time and efforts and gather a
well-rounded picture of home listings online, keep the following three things in mind.
1.Stay up to date. When you start your search, make sure you find a site that pulls up-to-date
listings directly from the multiple listing service (MLS) where real estate agents actively post their
most current homes for sale. Many online resources update less often or fail to remove listings
that are off the market, making it more difficult to sort through the clutter. Ask you real estate agent
for the best real estate search signt to use. They may able to link you to a search that facilitates
communication with them about which properties you like.
2.Pictures can be deceiving. Real estate photographers are experts at showing a home in the best
possible light. Many use tools and strategies to boost appeal, such as a fisheye lens to make areas
look larger and creative editing to make colors and textures really pop. But, often listings will not
contain photos of unappealing parts of the home, like small closets or outdated bathrooms.
3.See it to believe it. Once you find what appears to be your dream home online, call up your
real estate agent and schedule a showing. You want to take the opportunity to vet the home in person
and explore every part of it before beginning the offer process. Your real estate agent will help you
cover all your bases and will ask questions you may not have thought of.