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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 provides complete information for buyers and seller of Ft Lauderdale Condominiums and Fort Lauderdale Waterfront Homes.


#1 By Erwin Calverley at 4/4/2012 8:32 AM

The internet is a vast trade center where you can search and purchase just about anything. Yep, there are a lot of houses that are being sold online every day. What's great about this is that buyers can get a glimpse of the house and the transaction in just a few clicks, and seeking professional advice from local experts will certainly help the buyers get the best deal.

#2 By Jillian Cariola at 5/3/2012 3:04 AM

Looking for a house nowadays has been made easier since they brought the search to the internet instead of just the Sunday paper. It's also a lot better to look for houses online because you get a lot of information about the property and not just snippets like in the newspaper. If you're lucky, you can even talk to the owner or the realtor selling the house, which you can usually do if they're on Facebook.

#3 By Jack Yin at 5/3/2012 -1:53 PM

I actually think closer to 90% of people start their home search online. Agents definitely need to have web presence to succeed.

#4 By Shaira@buy a house allentown at 5/10/2012 9:08 PM

The internet now is very useful! Searching for something is easy as 123. House hunting is a very tiring and why go house to house when you can see photos posted on the internet. Ofcourse nothing beats looking at the real thing but when it comes to deciding what to look for, the internet is very helpful. You can narrow your search and then you can start going to this houses.

#5 By Anne at 6/18/2012 1:51 AM

With the advent of Internet,it is easier than ever to search for real estate properties that will suit your needs and wants. Make most of it by going local and having to search the right content that will closely match your search. Thanks for the information. It is very helpful.

#6 By Josh Malone at 8/4/2012 -1:05 PM

There is so many tools that buyers can utilize to make their search experience easier and more benificial, most of which can be found on local agent/brokerage sites. Buyers need to understand that larger national sites sell their information to agents that may or may not be proven. Buyers should be aware of this and choose to search on local sites that have taken the effort and years of work to make their way into the results.

#7 By MLS MN at 8/9/2012 8:20 PM

In our market the vast majority of buyers start by looking at real estate listings online. It is a great starting point but as you have pointed out a local agent brings more in-depth information that is only available through knowledge from experience.

#8 By Windermere Fl Real Estate at 1/23/2013 6:56 AM

The internet has made looking for a home much more comprehensive for the home buyer. Back in the day when we would have potential buyers come to the office and we would open up the weekly MLS book to show listings. Now everything is available at the homebuyers fingertips. National real estate websites might have all of the listings but they lack the comprehensive information and insight a local agent or brokers website will provide.

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