Buyer Beware – Browsing Online Real Estate Listings
So much of our everyday shopping is done online that searching for real estate online is just a logical progression. It’s also fun! It lets us find our perfect dream home without having to get in the car or on a plane and actually setting foot in the place. Best of all it can be done at any time day or night that you have time and the inclination. So, by all means go ahead and look but keep your expectations reasonable. Remember, “if it looks too good to be true it probably is.” Please consider the following when browsing online:
Online Sites With Old Or Stale Listings
The next time you log in to your favorite news website or go outside to pick up today’s paper check the date the news was published. Do you want to read yesterday’s news or are you looking for the most current news? Treat your online real estate sites the same way. Do not waste your time on a site that may not have been updated to show you that dream home is actually under contract. Even worse are those online broker sites that just feature the listings for that brokerage and do not give you access to the complete MLS.
For up to date and complete property listings for Sanibel or Captiva Islands, Florida you can use my website, www.yourexclusivebuyeragent.com or the public site for the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors, www.sanibelrealtors.com. Both of these sites are constantly updated and will be your most accurate source for island real estate information.
Possibility vs. Reality
At the end of the day an online site is really only a travel guide of possibilities. To go further you will need to find a buyer agent who will represent you exclusively and who will understand your goals and needs. Your buyer agent will have local knowledge of the market. They will know more detail and the history of the property. Your buyer agent will be able to guide you away from homes with hidden issues and if a listing seems too good to be true, your buyer agent will likely know why.
About the Author:
Mike Badenoch is an exclusive buyer agent, Sanibel and Captiva Island’s specialist and broker associate with Buyer’s Choice Realty Group, Inc., Sanibel, Florida. Buyer’s Choice Realty Group, Inc. is an exclusive buyer agency representing only real estate buyers on Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Fort Myers and Cape Coral, Florida. Feel free to call Mike at 239-292-1233 with any questions you may have or visit his web site at www.yourexclusivebuyeragent.com.