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“I found a great home for sale in Trulia,” my client excitedly told me. “Can we see it right away?”
“I’m sorry,” I reluctantly told her. “That house already has an accepted offer.”
Many home buyers have experienced this same disappointment. This is because of two big flaws in the way that real estate sites share information with home buyers.
Any home buyer can tell you that finding the exact right home to fit their needs can be a challenge. One of the biggest concerns we hear when new clients contact us is that they've been searching on third-party real estate sites like Trulia or Realtor.com to find homes, yet they have to spend a lot of time filtering out homes that aren't a good match for them.
A better approach is to ask a buyer's agent to sign up you for a free Boston MLS home search. This way, you'll receive auto emails of homes that meet very specific search criteria. Traditional third-party real estate search sites will only allow you basic searches such as the towns, number of bedrooms, baths, size of home and lot, and age of home.
The Boston area MLS just made a major improvement to its home search capabilities. Until today, when a homeowner received an accepted offer on their home, their listing agent was allowed to keep the listing in an "active" status to continue to look for backup offers. The problem? Although the listing did include a notation that the home had an accepted offer, this information didn't get filtered through to sites such as Trulia, Zillow, Realtor.com, and others that the Boston MLS syndicates its home listings to.
Topics: Boston MLS
Tucked in a box of used books my father-in-law gave us was a great little book called Relocation Boston. It includes a fun graphic designed to help those moving to the Boston area decide which towns they could afford. It color codes home values (circa 1986). Everything coded in green was a quick glance at Boston towns with "homes found under $100K". Those were the days!
The Boston area MLS (called MLSPIN) is a great resource for finding a home in and around Boston. On any given day, the Boston MLS lists some 20,000 homes for sale in Boston, the Boston suburbs, and beyond.
With Valentine's Day less than two weeks away, I thought it would be fun to highlight homes for sale in the Boston suburbs for the romantic in all of us. Here are three of my faves:
There are plenty of articles about interviewing listing agents, but it's often tough to know what to ask a buyer's agent. One of our new clients had some great questions they asked a previous client of ours and I thought they might be helpful. By the way, we were thrilled by our client's answers about working with my husband Kyle! (also shown below)