Colorado Springs Real Estate Buyers Guide – Where To Look For A House
You might be thinking, this is a silly page! He has search on here. To understand where to look for a house, you must understand why. ALL homes that go for sale with Realtor representation will go in the MLS (multiple listing service). The MLS is the de-facto place to find property. You NEED a search engine that accesses the MLS directly, not one that relies on consumer input.
This search engine updates directly from the MLS every 15 minutes. You will not find a more accurate resource for looking at property. But I know and you know you are going to look multiple places assuming you are missing something!
Or go to our Advanced Search or Map Search
Zillow / Trulia / Homes.com
While these sites have lots of fun tools like value predictions and school reports, they are some of the worst sites for home search! Use them for their reports, not to find a house to buy. 90% of my buyers that use these sites will bring me a home that they are super excited about….that sold 2 months ago…and the agent never took it off the site. My experience is that Trulia and Zillow (and others) tend to have about 20-30% bad inventory. (homes have already sold, expired, or were never put on the site in the first place)
Realtor.com is the only national site that updates directly from the MLS (like my site) every 15 minutes. They have great reports, and tools….so if you want to dip your toe somewhere else, go there.
My advice: Find the homes you are interested in seeing on my site, Realtor.com, or PPAR.com (or directly through me). Then research schools and values on Trulia or Zillow.
The problem with doing your search without a Realtor is four fold:
- You will have no guidance on area or resale concerns
- If you have 5 homes you want to see, you will have to coordinate showings with 5 different Realtors.
- Those Realtors will be trying to “sell” you that house instead of helping you see the pro’s and con’s of the house and allowing you to make an informed decision.
- Anything you tell that Realtor could be used against you in the negotiation process.
If you haven’t checked it yet, check out What A Realtor Does to understand how we help you.
The easiest way to find the right home is to use a Realtor®. Realtor® services are free to a buyer when purchasing a home and can save you thousands of dollars through negotiations and avoiding pitfalls. A Realtor® will explore all avenues, help explain the pro’s and con’s of different homes, neighborhoods, areas, keep a home buyers best interests at heart when it comes to negotiations and assure that the home fits a buyers needs. If you don’t have a Realtor® you are currently using, I would love the opportunity to earn your business.
If there is something I haven’t covered or you have questions, please feel free to contact me.
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