How You Search For Homes Matters! The Power of the MLS Explained
Look, we all use the big name, online platforms to look at homes online. They work fine for casual browsing or sharing properties with other people. But using them exclusively to search for your next home is holding you back. Why?
- The information is often outdated. These platforms, many times, do not update when a property goes into contract. So you might be falling in love with a home that is no longer available.
- The notification systems are unreliable. They are often not immediately notifying you of listings that meet your criteria.
This is why you need to ask your agent to set up a property search through the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). The MLS is a database of every property being marketed to the public by real estate professionals, and it is far superior to other platforms for two big reasons:
- The information is more detailed and more accurate. Agents themselves keep the listings updated, so you never have to wonder if the property you're seeing is still available. Also, there is more information available through the MLS like property disclosures and utility details. The more (and better) information you can receive upfront, the clearer and easier your decision becomes!
- The notifications are immediate. As soon as a new listing that meets your criteria is posted (or a listing drops down into your price range), you'll receive an email or a text. We all know that in the 2022 market, time is of the essence. So the MLS-based property search will give you an edge over other buyers and get those properties in front of you immediately!
So we highly recommend that you discuss MLS-based property searches with your agent. The property search should work for you, not the other way around!
Feel free to contact us today to get your search started the right way. Our team would be happy to discuss your real estate goals!
Until next time,
Key Realty - John Yoder Team