Sunday, January 27, 2008

Self Service - How to research about available properties and updated listings?

Q) How to research about available properties and updated listings?

A) We encourage our clients to narrow down their house search and study the market on their own from time to time. In this way we can help our educated clients better and in the process they will also benefit in three ways:

1) Better informed decision when negotiating an offer.
2) Rebate to you for doing your HOME WORK when the transaction closes.
3) Understanding of the factors that influence value in a particular neighborhood.

Once you narrow down the search we will help you with the rest. For specifics please feel free to contact our Real Estate Office through http://www.akjain.com/
So how do you do it? Search for new and updated listings by using these sites which are contineously improving.

1) REDFIN -> http://www.redfin.com/stingray/do/start
2) MLS Listings (for South Bay Area only - Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Milpitas, Saratoga) https://pro.mlslistings.com/Search/Quick.aspx

3) Foreclosure homes as well as For Sale By Owners (FSBOs) http://www.realtytrac.com/
4) MLS Search through Movoto http://www.movoto.com/ The biggest drawback is that there have only SFH, Condo & Townhouses. They ignore multifamily properties like Duplex etc.

5) Past SALE info and an approximation of current values http://www.zillow.com/

6) Lastly some people consider http://www.ziprealty.com/ also an option but they do not provide ALL information. Listing Agent contact details is hidden, some properties are exclusive for Zip Realty brokers only. They tend to hinder free flow of listing information. Anyway they are good and acccurate on School Information once you enter a property address on their website.
7) http://www.trulia.com/- Has good info on past sales price of houses. I personally like this site. So saved teh best one for you at the last.
Finally a note, I will highly recommed creating a annoymous account and email for all these search. Better if you have SPAM protection as it might get too much communication and email bombardment sometimes.

Once you find a property that interests you and you have done the above background research then contact us for price discovery & negotiation, transaction logistics and further details.

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