A look at the pitfalls of online home searches and what you’re missing.

When buying a home, the costs associated with the buying process often intimidate some buyers into taking the solo route. This means they search for available homes online, on their own, and without representation. While the savings may sound appealing, I’m here to tell you today that by searching for homes online on your own, you actually stand to lose more in terms of time, money, and opportunity. Today, I will explain why it’s not a good idea to search for homes online: 

When people shop for homes online, they typically rely on information from Zillow or Redfin, which are online home search services. But you have to know that when we update a property’s status in the multiple listing service (MLS), for example, if it’s already under contract, that information isn’t automatically sent to Zillow or Redfin. So, if you’re considering buying a home listed on those platforms, there is a possibility that the house you’re eyeing might already be under contract. Platforms like Zillow and Redfin will also continue to list for sale on their website the properties that are already under contract to provide as many options to their consumers as possible.


“Searching for homes online without an agent will lead you to lose more in terms of time, money, and opportunity.”


The other issue that plagues people buying homes online is house flips, which means the house they see in person looks vastly different from the one they saw in the photos provided online. This is one example of why buyers should never rely on the photos they see online, or commit to purchasing a property without seeing it first. It is best to see homes in person with an agent to help you find the right home. 

So, if you’re planning to buy a home this year, spring is the best time to do so. Call me if you have any questions. I would love to partner with you to help you get the best deals when buying your dream home.