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The Quest: Where to Search for Your New Home!

July 8, 2020

You are in the market for a new home and whether you are a first-time or fifth-time buyer, it is important to know where to look! With the first step out of getting Pre-Approved (read more here) out of the way, you are now ready to embark on the fun part of the home buying process: searching for your ideal home!

In the digital age, house hunting has never been easier with a variety of apps that will track market fluctuations and notify you when prices change. Below I will dive into a few of my favorite apps, as well as, Flexmls, an option that is available to you when you sign on with a Buyer's Agent.
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Zillow is one of the leading databases for home buyers and sellers and with over 196M unique monthly users, it is a great place to start your search! Zillow gives each listing a Zestimate with their estimated market value, as well as an estimated monthly cost calculator. In addition to this, they provide the buyer with a myriad of information about the property including: facts about surrounding area, local school ratings, rental value, and public history of the property. For those of you who have not been pre-qualified yet, Zillow does allow you to do this on the app. However, I would always suggest going with a local lender.

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Like Zillow, Trulia is a fantastic, user-friendly database where you can explore listings in your desired location. Trulia also gives estimates, neighborhood information (including crime records), and the option to get pre-qualified on the app. One of the best parts of this database is Trulia Neighborhoods, where you can explore the area through pictures and amenities, and you can really get a feel for the local atmosphere.

Photo from is an easy-to-use and credible place to start your search as it's the official site and database of the National Association of Realtors. With listings being updated every 15 minutes from multiple listing services, and over 4 million listings, this database is sure to give you the most up-to-date and credible information!

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Flexmls is one of the best house hunting databases available, however it is only available to you when you work with a buyer's agent. A buyer's agent is on your side and works with you to find, view, and choose the perfect house. Your agent will be able to customize and filter the flexmls database to only show homes that fit your vision, budget, and wants. Even better, they can send those filtered listings right to your inbox! That way you are not weeding through properties that you don't need to see.

While there are many other options out there (even including Facebook Marketplace), it is best to go with reputable online databases. Regardless of where you start your quest, and as you start to get an idea of what you want, sign on with a buyer's agent to help ensure that you have a positive and successful home buying experience.
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