How to Search for a Home to Buy

Home searches are now exclusively done through the internet. Many agents out there have paid to have a page set up in their website so that the buyer can search for real estate themselves. However, I have not paid and implemented a search page into this website. Besides the expense, there are a multitude of reasons for this, of which I will go over below.

My preference in working with buyers is that we meet when beginning your search, and I set up a professional search through the RMLS system *for* you. 

The websites that have search engines built into them have paid for an IDX feed. When I looked into it, I found that this feed is set up to download once per day, at the end of the day. I believe this once per day update is a disadvantage to those who are seriously looking for a piece of real estate to buy. In this hot market, properties can get offers and sell on that first day. You want to be notified of homes for sale as soon as possible after they go on the market.

The other major reason is that I like to set up a home search within the RMLS database for my buyer-clients myself. The RMLS database (Realtors Multiple Listing Service) is where all listings in this geographic area are placed. The reason that I like to do this for you is that I understand the intricacies of this system, as I have extensive experience and training in using it. For example, if you are wanting to search specific neighborhoods, this can be rather tricky. Many times the Realtor who lists the home does not input a neighborhood on the listing, gets the neighborhood incorrect, or spells it incorrectly. There are other ways that I can pinpoint the area that you are looking for, but they are only available to me.

I can set up the RMLS database to automatically send you new listings based on your particular criteria. These are set to be sent out every two hours, every day of the week, so that you are fully up-to-date on all listings that come on the market as quickly as possible

If you want to buy a home and want to discuss setting up a search for you, please email or phone me. You can also check out my page for buyers for more information about working with me as a buyer-client or check the tags on articles in this website about buyer representation.

However, if you aren’t quite ready to buy, and just want to see what is available out there, the are a couple of websites I can recommend. RMLS has a public version of their website. Oregon Realty has a more user friendly website that pulls in the RMLS data. Also, the National Association of Realtors has a website which pulls in all databases in the country. I would recommend avoiding zillow, as of lately I have seen serious errors in the way the listings are displayed (including errors in my own listings).

As always, I look forward to working with you!

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