What About Shopping for Homes on the Internet?

home-shopping-onlineYou can begin your search without leaving the comfort of your current home. By reviewing listings online, you can decide which houses are worth visiting. Many listings have numerous pictures videos.

StraightTalk Tip: Using the Internet to build a list of homes to look at is smart, but don’t purchase a home without actually checking it out in person. If you must make an offer before you can look at it, be sure that the offer contains a contingency that allows you to change your mind after you’ve seen the house.

Search for listings in the area using the phrase "multiple listing service" along with the town or state. This can help you find the local MLS.

In addition, here are three national sites that may help.

  • Realtor.com is the official site of the National Association of REALTORS®.
  • Homes.com
  • Zillow.com is a site that allows you to "cruise" over an aerial map and pops up information, such as any property's tax assessment value, recent sales in the area, and current sales listings.

StraightTalk Tip: These sites want you to use them not only for finding a home; they want to be your one-stop shop for a mortgage, insurance, moving, and anything else related to buying a home. Make sure you do you homework properly before using any of these services.



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