Seattle Real Estate Search that gets Results
The internet delivers instant results. If you want it now, it takes one click for that package to be on your doorstep tomorrow.
On other occasions, we just window-shop on line. We are curious shoppers rather than serious buyers. Some people visit real estate websites just to see what’s available. That’s not much in the Seattle area, these days.
Then there are the real estate junkies who are just curious what the neighbor’s home sold for or where the ex-wife – or husband – live now.
Seattle Real Estate Search at the Source
It is when the Seattle real estate search turns from curious to serious that these public real estate sites are not the best place to look. That’s because these sites are distant from the source.
Locally, the source for over 95% of all listed residential real estate is the NW Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS). It feeds the thousands of real estate websites downstream. These websites publish only what they are being fed from the NWMLS. What they are NOT being fed is information that protects the privacy of the seller. Other details may be withheld from public view at the seller’s request.
When I work with serious buyers they will email me homes they found online. Sometimes the homes are no longer available because of the time it took the recipient site to process and present the information. At other times, critical information is missing. For example, what looked like a fabulous deal is available only to cash buyers. Frequently a home the buyer found on a real estate site doesn’t meet the criteria to which the buyer and I had agreed. This is both unproductive and frustrating.
Fast and now also good looking
When I start first with buyers, I explain the difference between searching at the source and fishing downstream. With the buyer’s specification, I set up one or more automated searches. Any newly-listed home and any changes in the status of a home triggers an immediate email to the buyer. The email links to the buyers’ client portal on the NWMLS.
Until recently the design of this client portal left much to be desired. It looked dated and lacked features. Despite being timely and complete, it could not compete with the attractive and user-friendly design of the public real estate sites. Now it does.
Work with your broker
Now, buyers and I can interact in the same place. The buyer can see the results of the automated searches. The buyer can favor a home and we can exchange notes. Now buyers can even create their own searches. Using the same source makes the home search more productive, especially in a market with tight inventory where timely information is critical.
Buying or selling? Set up a Seattle area real estate search now. If you are relocating to the Seattle area, contact me early in the process.
Even if you are only curious and not currently in the market to buy, I can set up an automated home search for you. You will be more informed once you get serious. This also applies to sellers. There is no better way to keep up to date with the home values in your neighborhood.
Put your serious Seattle real estate search on automatic pilot.
First published by Gerhard as his
August 2017 View from the Street Newsletter.