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Is the Internet ruining your ability to find a house? Advice for Sacramento and Roseville Real Estate Buyers

By Ron Benning ABR, GRI, A-REO, CDPE

“There is too much information online and much of it is not  timely or accurate!”

 Ron Benning


Sacramento and Roseville buyers are often tell me that they have been looking for months and keep getting beat out.

These real estate buyers often state that “by the time they found out about the house and saw it that it was already gone”.

Increasingly buyers are relying on external websites like, Redfin or Zillow to supplement their home search and relying less on working closely with their Realtor® and the Actual MLS (Multiple Listing Service). These other external search websites can be a good place to start early on in the information gathering stage, but make no mistake about it that the most accurate and timely source of information is your Realtor’s® MLS Search. Unfortunately in today’s market many buyers are working less closely with their agent and it is resulting in less than optimal results in finding a home.

When it is time to get serious about finding a home there is no substitute for an accurate and detailed daily update coming to you directly from the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) provided by your agent. Buyers should focus their efforts on reviewing this source of new properties, communicating frequently with their agent, and looking at the new listings quickly.

If you are just in the early stages of looking be honest and upfront with your agent and then they can allow you a little  time and space to get up to speed.

Despite the mount of information now available, it has never been more important to pick one good agent to represent you.

If buyers followed this advice, many of the buyer’s frustrations could be eliminated. If there are homes you are finding that are not on your MLS list then the criteria can and should be re-evaluated. I have found this approach has helped about two thirds of my serious buyers to find a house within the first thirty days.

It starts with getting an accurate search for the client and then it is very imprortant that the client reviews all new listings daily and calls, texts or emails their agent to discuss properties they want to see immediately.

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