House Hunting on the Internet
Starting Your Home Search on the Internet
The National Association of Realtors says that almost 80 % of home buyers start their search for their next home on the internet. Reading a little further you will find that NAR also says that most home buyers find the Realtor they will work with on the intranet as well. It is this combination of great local realtors, and their ability to make a home buyers on-line search easier that makes for a winning combination.
Local Experts Guide Your Search
Many home buyers start their search on national websites under the impression that they are being provided with the best information on the area they are looking in. Before long they start to spot a local realtor whose information comes up of in the search engines. They will start to build a relationship with that local agent as the expert in their market as they need their questions answered. They soon realize that when it comes to real estate a local expert is a necessary part of the formula to make an educated real estate decision.
Local Realtors Add Life to the Online Search
When it comes to a local market very often there are terms that are specific to the local real estate market. These are the terms that help your local realtor and you, as their client, learn to compare one home to another. In my market I often see a surprised look the first time we use the words “dry lot” or “triple split”. These terms refer to a type of building lot, and a type of floor plan that any local realtor would understand. These are the words that take a home off the search pages of the intranet and help to turn them into a home that you want to see, a home that you must see quickly, or a home that is placed on the discard list. With the help of a local realtor to guide you, spotting the homes that you “must see” will be easier. A local realtor will provide you with the information that will keep you focused on the home that someday you will buy.
“Start Your Search on the Intranet”
The National Association of Realtors says that approximately 80% of home buyers “start” on the intranet. The word “start” clearly means that there is a next step. We consider the next step to be a meeting with your local realtor who will then fine tune your intranet search and become the source for additional information on homes that meet your criteria. Focusing your time on homes that best meet your criteria will prevent you from spending time on homes that may cause you to miss the best opportunity in your market. Your local realtor has the tools to fine tune your search process and help you through the entire purchasing process.
Eric Miller an award winning Ft Lauderdale, Florida Realtor is the author of this article, and is honored to publish it on this outstanding local real estate website. Thinking about Fort Lauderdale Real Estate out website at FortLauderdaleGroup.com provides complete information for buyers and seller of Ft Lauderdale Condominiums and Fort Lauderdale Waterfront Homes.