June 26, 2019 at 7:30am | Allison Ables
As the online world has grown, so has the presence of online real estate. There are thousands of websites that offer information and services related to buying, selling, and renting homes. With such a proliferation of online listings, the question has to be asked – how much do online tools actually help with finding a new home?

Common Sites
The amount of information available at your fingertips is actually a little overwhelming. The hardest part may be narrowing your search down enough to begin!

Window Shopping
These sites do serve an important purpose. They allow people seeking new homes to check out the local market. There is enough information to get a reading on local pricing trends, what places are available where, and best of all, provide pictures.

In the past “window shopping” for houses meant touring neighborhoods, sometimes for hours on end. Real estate websites changed that game, and now allow anyone interested to browse through hundreds, even thousands, of detailed pictures of local properties.

Window shopping helps you to better understand what you are looking for, and how much you will need to pay for it. Once you are ready to shop for real, it’s time to step away from the computer and find an agent.

An Advocate Represents YOUR Interests
The information provided to these websites come from the owners and listing agents. They are representing their interests, not yours.

If you want to make sure you get a complete, impartial assessment of a property, you will need to find an experienced local agent to help you and recommend other trusted advisors like home inspectors.

Experience Matters
Window shopping is important, and starting the search for a new home online is the smart play. But when it is time to move in, find an experienced agent to help you navigate the process.

The team agents including Allison Ables at Watson Realty Corp. have decades of combined experience in Gainesville and the surrounding towns of Alachua County. Let them help you find the home you have always wanted by calling 352-371-1828


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