Where Should You Start Your New Search for That New Home to Buy in Fort Lauderdale?
We are often asked where our clients should start searching for a new home. Zillow has grown to be the local “go to” website for homebuyers that are searching for that new home. I think that it is time to help you understand the benefits of Zillow. I will also help you identify the disadvantages. If you want to find out if Zillow is the place to start you should keep reading.
Disadvantages of Zillow:
Zillow supplies an abundance of listings of homes for sale in the Fort Lauderdale area. They aggregate all the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) information into one location. In fact, as I write this article, I see that the numbers on Zillow do not match the numbers on the Fort Lauderdale MLS. In fact, the numbers are off by about 10%. This can cause you a lot of heartache and headache as you search for that new house. Searching for that perfect house for sale in Fort Lauderdale is tough enough. The last thing that you want to experience is finding that perfect catch on Zillow while searching in Fort Lauderdale, only to find out that it went under contract yesterday. This can be extremely discouraging. You might think the same thing can happen to you while on your Fort Lauderdale Realtor’s site. This is true but I assure you that it will not happen on Gleason Realty’s Fort Lauderdale Real Estate site. In fact, on Gleason Realty’s site, you have the option of separating your search into many different classifications. If you are looking for that perfect waterfront home for sale in Fort Lauderdale, you have that option. Or how about that perfect beachfront condo for sale in Fort Lauderdale, then our site is far better than Zillow.
Difference Between Gleason Realty’s Website and Zillow-
On our website, our listing service is directly linked to the MLS server. Due to our site only concentrated on serving the local area, our listings are updated as they change in the MLS. Or at the very maximum 15 minutes after the change. This was important to Gleason Realty because we want to make sure our clients receive the most updated information possible. The last thing that we want you to face is falling in love with a house that is not even on the market anymore.
Another feature with Gleason Realty is the advantage of working with a Fort Lauderdale Real Estate Agent that can directly set up a saved search for you. This search will identify the most important aspects of a house that fulfill your needs. Then as soon as a house comes on the market that matches those aspects, you are notified. Not hours later, not days later like Zillow. In today’s Fort Lauderdale Real Estate Market, those hours can make a significant difference. They can simply mean you having a chance at buying your dream waterfront Fort Lauderdale home or losing that home for sale to the homebuyer working with Gleason Realty.
Advantages of Zillow-
There are some advantages to using Zillow. As you scroll through the long list of houses for sale and find that house you love. One advantage is you can simply input your information in a form. From there, you will receive anywhere from three to five calls and emails from Realtors that are wanting to score your business. If you like being called (or as some see it, annoyed) and emailed for the first day or two after submitting your information, then Zillow is your place to start.
So, What is Zillow There For-
Zillow loves to collect data. They store data about houses, actions of homeowners and buyers, and your information. Then they turn around and sell that information to Realtors that are hungry for leads. These Realtors pay high premiums for your information. In fact, they can end up paying thousands of dollars a month to be listed as the Premium Agent in that area. As the Premium Agent, you are listed on all the listings in a rotational order for a given zip code. This does not necessarily mean that you are the perfect agent for that area. This just simply means that the agent paid a very high premium to make it look that way.
Is Zillow the Perfect Place to Search For That Fort Lauderdale Home for Sale?
In my opinion and the opinion of many of my clients, it is certainly not. Zillow is here to gather your information and sell it for top dollar to Real Estate Agents. Yes granted, if you want to line yourself up for disappointments while searching Fort Lauderdale Homes for Sale, go right ahead and continue using Zillow. But, if your objective is to make the home buying process as easy as can be, I highly suggest you use Gleason Realty for your Fort Lauderdale MLS needs. Feel free to reach out to Gleason Realty and let us assist you in the search for the perfect Fort Lauderdale Home for sale.