Hunting for a new home online is a great place to start your search, but it should not be your end all be all. Good listing agents are excellent at highlighting the best features of the home, but keep in mind there may be more than meets the eye. To make the most of your time and efforts and gather a well-rounded picture of home listings online, keep the following three things in mind.

1. Stay up to date

When you start your search, make sure you find a site that pulls up-to-date listings directly from the multiple listing service (MLS) where real estate agents actively post their most current homes for sale. Many online resources update less often or fail to remove listings that are off the market, making it more difficult to sort through the clutter.

2. Set up automatic listing alerts

Most of the major home shopping sites will allow you to set up an account an filter your search based on specific criteria that is important to you. Additionally, they will track the homes you searching and clicking on and will send you emails based on new listings that meet your criteria. This allows you to see the listing earlier than other potential buyers. Additionally, your real estate agent can set this up easily through MLS and I highly recommend you take advantage of it. Remember, the good deals go FAST.

3. Pictures can be deceiving

Real estate photographers are experts at showing a home in the best possible light. Many use tools and strategies to boost appeal, such as a fisheye lens to make areas look larger and creative editing to make colors and textures really pop. But, often listings will not contain photos of unappealing parts of the home, like small closets or outdated bathrooms.

4. See it to believe it

Once you find what appears to be your dream home online, call up your real estate agent and schedule a showing. You want to take the opportunity to vet the home in person and explore every part of it before beginning the offer process. Your real estate agent will help you cover all your bases and will ask questions you may not have thought of.

Hope you find this information useful.

All the best!

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