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Property Listings – Internet Vs Offline

Todays Date: December 16, 2018

Whether you are thinking of buying a new home or thinking it might be a good time to invest in real estate, you will need to get information on current real estate listings. Internet or newspapers can be the most useful way of getting real estate listings.

With the internet gaining popularity, the internet has become the easiest way of checking new properties that have hit the market. The traditional method of looking for real estate listings (through newspapers) is on the decline because it is a very time consuming. You have to read through lots of properties and sort out the ones that seem suitable for you and then call up the owners/brokers to arrange a viewing.

Newspaper listings happen on a weekly basis. If a deal has materialized in the meanwhile, there is no way you can check it without actually calling up the Realtor. The internet is updated daily, new real estate listings go up on the internet all the time. If you have been using only the newspaper as your source of property information, you might end up getting out of date information and lose out on a deal.

As such, making an offer can make a big difference when it comes to real estate. You don’t have to go through all the property listings to determine the listings that look suitable to you. You can choose search criteria in order to find those real estate listings you really want to look at. This is a big advantage compared with newspapers that are generally classified just on the basis of location of the property. You can save time by browsing only through the listings that are of interest to you.

Moreover, you don’t really need to record the phone numbers of properties that interest you; you can just print the listings you want. Some websites let you keep track of those real estate listings. In many cases, you could even email the sellers by sending a message through the website (some websites provide such email type of facility). Also an important feature from real estate listings on internet is that they also contain pictures and virtual tours of the property.

So, properties online do seem to offer a lot of convenience. However, choosing internet or choosing the newspaper is really a matter of personal choice too.

Patricia Guernsey is a Belleville Real Estate agent working for her clients.

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