Cheat sheet for navigating online searches
Top sites with pros/cons and screenshots
so you can pick the way YOU like to view homes!
Why waste your time or privacy?
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Should you talk to the Listing Agent-Zillow Article
Local Agent Site (This One)
PRO Browse status specific active or sold homes, search by school rating, setup email alerts for New Listings with map pins of things of interest, Open Houses and/or Neighborhood Quarterly Market Report for sold prices. automatically places similar listings. Realtor Alicia Duffy will be the only one with your email!
PRO Quick glances by text of new listings with great infographics for quick area information. Will show you match scores. Set price range based on monthly payments.
CON No text of listings. Basic criteria for searches.
Search directly through the MLS of North Texas
PRO No lag time on new listings, receive as soon as Realtor enters a new listing. Share with family, take notes to each other and to Realtor, mark favorites and dump rest, easy scheduling showings. Can setup your search by how many minutes to/from a location at a certain time of day. Will only see Active listings.
CON Will only email you alerts. Critieria for search is basic other than drive times.
CON The site is slow to update statuses.
Site will email you link then setup text or email alerts of new listings.
PRO Scrolling number will show you how many homes fit the criteria as you change it so you can see how the choices you make will change how many homes come up.
CON Shows active option (recently received contract)..
PRO This site like Realtor.com gives you tons of information about the community. Zillow videos can only be seen on their site if the agent chose to do one. CON Not the most up to date on the status of the home.Not all realtors choose to list on zillow so you are not seeing everything on the market. A lot of data is inaccurate, you can read a more indepth blog about it here. When you request information from these sites you are contacting a Realtor that advertises with them not the seller agent. You don't want to contact the sellers agent directly anyway. It's like if you were going thru a divorce would you hire your ex's attorney. Information is also sold to third parties so I'd suggest search all you want but when registering do so with a local agent. See below to contact Alicia for information on any home you find on the internet.
||Each listing provides ample details on the property, including neighborhood info and local school ratings.
||The site excludes for-sale-by-owner (FSBO) listings.
||It’s easy to find nearby listings, and an on-map Google Street View option provides a quick, real-life look at a neighborhood.
||Pages can be a bit slow to load, mostly because of non-real-estate-related ads — something you don’t often see on competitor sites.
||“Celebrity Real Estate” lists homes for sale by the rich and/or famous. There’s also a “Unique Homes” section.
||You might forget that you came to the site looking to buy a home.
|Finding an agent
||The “Find Realtors” search returns only real estate agents who are members of the National Association of Realtors. Realtors pledge to abide by NAR’s ethical standards.
||About half of U.S. real estate agents belong to NAR, so a Realtor search is likely to exclude a portion of the agents working in your area.
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Alicia Duffy, CNE, ASP, ABR
WILLIAM DAVIS REALTY
Dallas and Frisco Locations
8856 Coleman Blvd #100, Frisco, TX 75034
Direct: (214) 682-5009