REAL ESTATE WATCH
by AL REX, CPA & Realtor
I often get calls from people asking me to show them a house they found on the internet, only to find that this home really isn’t for sale at all. Sometimes the information is old, the home is already sold, or perhaps went off the market. In any case, searching for homes via various websites such as Zillow, Trulia (which was recently purchased by Zillow), Redfin, and others can be very frustrating to those who want to see what’s out there in the housing market. I have found that people want to be able to search on their own, at their own convenience, and without obligation to anyone.
Here is a better, more accurate way to search the web to find current real estate information!
Many realtors have search engines available on their websites that link to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), the most reliable source for real estate. Some realtors require that you register before you search while others do not – such as myself. You can contact a local neighborhood realtor or search for homes throughout San Diego County on my website without registering at www.carlsbadhousefinder.com.
Searching the MLS is easy and fun! You can make your search as broad or narrow as you wish. For example, you can search for all homes for sale in a specific zip code, or in a certain price range, or with a certain number of bedrooms and baths. There is even an advanced search option with many features like view, backyard pool, lot size, number of stories, and more.
If you wish, you can tell your realtor the specifics of what you are looking for in a home and they can set up automatic searches for you. By taking this extra step, you will receive an immediate email about any new homes that come on the market that meet your needs.
If you would like help in finding your next home, please feel free to call or email me. I’m always available to help! Happy searching!