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Is a Realtor Necessary for Your Home Search?

Do you even need a realtor to set up a search for you if you’re just starting your search process?

There are so many search portals out there that often when people get started on their search, they start on the internet, they start looking at all of those portals. And we’ll say to a realtor, I don’t need you to set up a search, I already have access to all this other stuff. So if you’re thinking about looking for a home, or you’re starting to seriously look for a home, and your agent says, hey, I want to set you up with a search portal, there are a few reasons why you might want to do that.

First of all, the timeliness with which that information gets syndicated out to all those other sites, sometimes it can take two days. And in two days, in this market, you may have missed the boat on that home that you could have fallen in love with.

Secondly, it’s a great little reminder for your agent. If I am looking for five different buyers and I have searches set up, it’s going to send me a copy of that too. So I am also able to get that little tap on the shoulder from the multiple listing service, letting me know hey, there is a house that you know, Bob and Mary Smith might love.

It’s also a great way to communicate with your agent because you can put notes on there. So as we’re sometimes learning what you like and what you don’t like, if you’re putting notes on there that say things like I love this location, but I hate this kitchen, then that helps me if I’m your agent learn a little bit better about what you like. So always don’t get too specific in those things, but it really does shorten that learning curve a little bit and help make your home search a little bit more efficient.

So if your agent says, “Let me set you up with a search portal”, don’t just wave it off. Yes, it’s one more email. But hopefully it won’t take very long before you’ll be able to find the home that you love. It’ll be easier, shorten that learning curve, and make sure that you’re knowing exactly what comes on the market exactly when it comes on the market and not two days later.

If you have any questions about the home buying process, the home searching process, I’d love to talk to you more, give me a call, send me an email or shoot me a message and let’s chat.