The Best Digital Home Search for Colorado Springs
Whether you’re ready to shop for a new home or not, there’s a good chance you’ve spent time browsing real estate websites to check out what’s available. During the past couple of decades, house hunting has become ever more digital and around 9 out of 10 homebuyers are beginning their search online, according to a report by Realtor.org.
While local Multiple Listing Services, (MLS), are acclaimed as the most accurate real estate resource available, a flood of online real estate listings services have profoundly impacted homebuyer searches. Even though these sites look legitimate, non-Realtor sites are still unregulated. Some sites allow anyone to post listings for sale, and agents can purchase advertisements positioned next to home listings that are not theirs, misleading the buyer into thinking they are contacting the listing agent.
“Zillow and Trulia are set up to deliberately redirect buyers to a Realtor who is paying for leads,” Mike MacGuire, broker/owner with The Platinum Group, Realtors said. “Consequently, the agent contacted has no first-hand knowledge of the home.”
Zillow, Trulia, and websites like them are known as real estate syndicators who populate their information from the MLS. However, they don’t exclusively acquire data from the MLS and also get information from third-party sites like Craigslist. Furthermore, while new information shows up in the local MLS in a matter of minutes, it can take as long as nine days to appear on nationally syndicated sites.
“These websites don’t have the same extensive and strict standards that the MLS does and don’t care about the accuracy of the information,” MacGuire said, “so their information can be very misleading with no accountability.”
In a recent study by Redfin, it was revealed that approximately 36 percent of the “active” listings on Zillow and Trulia were no longer listed for sale on the local MLS. Homeowners consistently report seeing their home listed in the wrong neighborhood, with the wrong list price, or the wrong square footage.
In an effort to ensure that Pikes Peak area homebuyers have access to up-to-date, accurate information, the Pikes Peak Association of Realtors, (PPAR), provides MLS access to the public – for free at PPAR.com.
“We launched the restructured site in April,” Jacob Curbow with Century 21 Curbow Realty and member of the Leadership Team at PPAR said. “Now the public can access the same information that licensed Realtors see.”
Listing agents enter the information on homes for sale directly into the PPMLS database and the website is updated in real-time. “If the Realtor changes the status or the list price for instance,” Curbow said, “the public site reflects those changes automatically, without delay.”
The public search site is easy to navigate and allows users to filter information to narrow their home search in a way that works best for them. “Consumers can search with the mapping tool, by zip code, price range, schools, acreage and other features using the advanced search tool,” Curbow said. “It has quite a bit of functionality and is very user-friendly.”
“Even when buyers are looking at homes on national listing sites I tell them not to take the “click bait,” MacGuire said. “It’s ok to browse the listings and look at the photos, but then call me to verify information on the homes you’re interested in.”
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