We have come a long way. When w bought our first home there wasn’t any way to search the internet and look at pictures of houses for sale. Today I can put in the address of
any home that is for sale and it will show up on a zillion websites in a few seconds. The searches are free too because in most cases real estate agents are paying for them.
Homebuyers will notice that on the major sites they can find the name of the listing agent if they search for it but usually the links for asking questions, setting up a showing or for more information about the home go to the agent who is paying for the link.
On real estate company websites, the links go to the real estate company or to a particular agent from that company.
If I test my own listings I end up with agents who don’t know anything about the property and sometimes they don’t even work in the area. Sometimes no one responds to my inquiry.
Agents buy any zip code or area that they can. Real estate agents spend millions of dollars a year for leads and those leads come from homes for sale listed by other agents.
Real estate is cut-throat and competitive, especially now when there are more real estate agents than there are houses on the market. People who click on the link are likely to end up in someone’s drip email campaign and may experience a lot of “follow-up” and contact by phone and email.
For people who do not wish to become a lead choosing a real estate agent and asking that agent any questions about homes for sale is the way to do it. Your agent will work on your behalf for many months if needed and won’t charge you a dime, or send you spam or unwanted phone calls or text messages. Choose an agent with a lot of experience helping people buy and sell houses and choose someone who works in the area where you live or want to live.
When using the internet to search for houses that are for sale choose the site that you find the easiest to use. Ask your agent to set up some searches from the local MLS too.
Also see open houses