by Reward Realty
on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 at 4:56pm.
Online search engines give buyers easy access to updated listing information at the click of the button. With so many options available, it is somewhat difficult to distinguish between resources available on each site. Although you may see many of the same listings, each website has its own benefits.
Broker/ Agent Websites and MLS:
MLS stands for Multiple Listing Service and they are the source for all other property search websites which are simply syndicated with updates every 15 mins or so. Many broker or agent websites will use a plug-in to provide listings on their website and will offer enlist clients in an automatic listing alert to help keep you updated on properties as they come on the market. These alerts make it easy to communicate directly with your agent on homes you are interested in viewing. Reward Realty has worked hard to create a user friendly site with all of the most accurate and up to date listing and city statistics showing pricing trends.
One HUGE thing that many people do not realize about Redfin, is that they are a real estate brokerage. Redfin has gained huge popularity among home buyers searching online for their simplistic design, available school scores on property pages, ability to schedule showings, and by connecting them to a local market agent who can help them through the process. Depending on the area and price range you are looking in, Redfin will refer you to either one of their in house (salaried) agents or a partner agent. Either way, if you are looking for an experienced agent and do not have any family or friend referrals, Redfin agents (and partner agents) are an excellent choice.
Websites like Zillow and Trulia and primarily property search engines. They make money through selling premium agent subscriptions to advertise by zip code and receive leads for home buyers who request property information through their website. If the listing agent does have a premium account, their contact information will be available on the listing page. These sites are popular among homeowners for their property value estimates and no pressure approach to looking at homes online.