Searching the Sequim MLS for homes and land (and Port Angeles MLS) on the Internet has made the gigantic challenge of finding the right home, filtering through the maze of listings (over 800 homes in our MLS) so much easier than it used to be. Does anyone else remember the old printed MLS books? They were about 250 to 350 pages thick in 10 point Helvetica and organized by area and then by price. There was no easy way to search by parameters (bedrooms, square footage, acreage) and get an instant list of qualified homes. But you can do that on the Internet now, and you can do it in a matter of seconds.
Technology has take giant leaps forward in the past three to seven years, and you are the beneficiary. Some of my friends in the print newspaper business and in the print magazine business have gotten the short end of the stick in these shifting times, but consumers like you are coming out ahead.
What a difference a few years can make! Thirty years ago traditional print media was the way to advertise and the way to find real estate. Today, the Internet and the many tools available on the Internet, have left the old behind. Thirty years ago this snow machine seemed like a modern marvel. Who would think of trying to drive it today to get somewhere? Why not use modern technology to help you find your next home?
You can use a very powerful MLS search website, one I had programmed and has the features my clients requested, including all the parameter and advanced search options, and the visual map search: Search the Sequim MLS. Don’t forget to bookmark this MLS website tool.
But do not sell the Internet short. It is much more, much more than just a convenient way to search the multiple listing service. It is also a powerful tool to find an experienced professional Realtor, who can make your search and negotiation so much more enjoyable (not to mention saving thousands of dollars in the negotiation). Don’t underestimate the value of a true professional with 20 to 30 years of experience in your corner. Did you know that a professional buyer’s agent does NOT cost you a dollar, but negotiates exclusively for you to get the best possible price, and the seller pays his fee at closing? Is that amazing, or what?
The Internet is also a great information gathering tool on the communities of Sequim and Port Angeles, recreational activities, volunteer activities, hobbies, and nearly everything under the rain shadow of Sequim. Do you have a niche interest? Is it not amazing how powerful the Google search engine can be when you are searching for something rare or unique?
You can use this site, and the affiliate sites to search almost any subject on real estate for the Sequim and Port Angeles areas, including checklists for buying vacant land, tips on finding a builder who will build you the highest quality home at a guaranteed contract price, tips to avoid traps for the unwary, powerful and proven techniques to negotiate the best price, articles on earnest money, contract language, contingencies, adverse possession, easements, well logs, dual agency and how it can cost you money, and hundreds of other topics.
You’ll find photos of Sequim and Port Angeles, video tours of the area, links to the best local resources, and video instructions from an experienced local real estate attorney and now buyer’s agent.
Use the Internet as a resource right here. All of this is given to you at no cost, courtesy of Chuck Marunde, your favorite buyer’s agent.
Last Updated on June 23, 2009 by Chuck Marunde
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