The realtor is a very important part
and is a necessary part of the home buying process; however the internet
offers listing online to help you find the house that is right for you.
We found that in our search for
finding a home it was very helpful to search online because the real
estate agent does not let you look at all the homes that are in the
MLS. It will give you an idea what the market is like and if you are
getting a good buy for your money.
Realtor.com is the most
comprehensive website for a complete listing of homes for sale. When
we searched on Yahoo Real Estate the listings were limited and did not
offer a wide selection.
You can always bid on real estate on
Ebay. We looked at the current offerings on Ebay and most of the
offerings are to buy timeshares. There was some land for sale, and a
couple of houses, but overall there wasnít a lot to offer.
Realestate.com is just a referral
service to get you a real estate agent. Which the yellow pages, and
other sites will do the same thing without answering a questionnaire.
You should be the one asking the questions of the agent, and it would be
best to do so in person or on the phone.
Househunt.com is a quick search that
gives back a chart format of listing in major metropolitan cities. They
want you to sign their guest book to get photo and more details.
If you are looking for a bargain,
you can sometimes pick up a HUD home that is a deal. You need to go to
the Hud.gov website to visit the state for the listings. Each state may
have a different website. You also need to have a real estate agent
that is willing to put bids in for you. You will find agents that do
not work with HUD homes. HUD REOís are not always available in the city
that you want; sometimes the discount isnít enough for a person to
want. So it is something to checkout and keep in mind that you can
sometimes offer less than the asking price in certain circumstances.
They have bid deadlines that you have to comply with; it can be an
interesting way to buy a house. Just make sure you find a real estate
agent that is able to put in HUD bids.
Homefinder.com is a good website
too. They let you search the listings and view the info without filling
out questionnaires of signing up. I liked the speed it loaded. I liked
the way that you could map the property location. The mapping is
connected with Mapquest. This is a great website and I loved it for the
speed it offered.
The best listings on the internet at
this time are Realtor.com and Homefinder.com. These are the places
online to checkout the housing marketplace.
Best Syndication Staff Writer
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