Yes, your buyer’s agent can help you find a home, and should. But the Internet and email has changed everything and made it much more convenient for buyers to find a home and do research online. When I first started in real estate, there was no Internet and all my buyers had to browse a hard copy MLS book that was printed once a week. There were no photos, and we had to select some and go view them. Compared to what we do now, that seems like the caveman days.
Today, you can use Sequim-Homes.com to search for homes in the Sequim area, and if you want to search in Port Townsend or the Islands between Sequim and Seattle, you can use my second MLS site, LuxuryWaterViewHomes.com. I have found that it makes the most sense for my buyers to search the MLS themselves and then they can email me or call me to ask about specific listings. That is so much more efficient than me trying to browse listings based on the parameters that a buyer shares with me. Clients can see whether a thumbnail image of a home should be filtered out immediately, or whether they should dig deeper to learn more about that listing. Clients can watch a three dimensional virtual tour and know in seconds whether the home is a possibility or must immediately be eliminated from their list. Of course, I don’t know what appeals to my clients eyes and personal passions, so it makes more sense for me to let my buyers search online, and then I can help filter from that point.
Once my buyer clients have arrived and we have looked at homes together, and having debriefed as we walk through each home, I will have a much better feel for what they like and don’t like. Then after they’ve gone back home, if they call me about a new listing, I can preview it and know almost immediately whether it could be a good fit.
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