Avoid the Pitfalls of Internet Home Searches

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Today I will talk about the pitfalls of online home searches because you need to know that the information you find on Zillow, Trulia, and Realtor.com is not always accurate! I can't tell you how many times my clients have called me thinking they had found the perfect home, and then I check the MLS (the accurate search engine for realtors) and have to break the bad news to them. 

Another reason to be wary of these websites is that they will sell your information. What I mean by this is that they will track your activity on the website, and when you request to speak to a realtor about a property, you will likely not actually be speaking to the listing agent. It will actually be three or four other realtors that will bombard you with questions about your search activity. 

If you're a seller, there is no accuracy in the listing of your home. Each website uses different algorithms to come up with a price for your home, so there is no consistency. These websites also gather their information from the county assessor's office, so if you've had an addition on your home that wasn't recorded by the assessor, then your value will not be accurate on those websites. 

These websites do not take into account the changing conditions of the real estate market. March has been a very good month for us here in Phoenix and Scottsdale, but these websites will not aggregate that into their property information. They don't show you whether it's a buyer's market or a seller's market. The information they use is outdated, and usually consists of market data that is at least 3 months old. 

If you're a serious buyer looking for your next dream home, call me so I can find it for you. If you're a seller, please call me too because my performance and experience will outsell any promises out there.

Consider me your top real estate resource in the Phoenix and Scottsdale areas.