When house-hunting fever strikes, it can hit hard.
It will push you to scour the internet for new homes. And not just any home, but a brand spanking new home – fresh and clean without as much as a fingerprint on the wall. But where do you find new homes on the internet?
You guessed right. Through the MLS.
Short for “Multiple Listing Service,” the MLS is a database or a collection of historic and most of the current real estate listings that are on the market for sale. The problem with MLS, however, is that it’s the go-to-market for everyone looking for a home.
And since MLS has the largest database of listed properties, trying to find a good home can feel a bit like trying to find a needle in a haystack. In this roundup, you’ll learn easier ways to find new home developments in your locality.
1. Use Local Property Finding Sites
Today, the property market is flooded with sites such as Craigslist that provide nationwide listings of property.
Don’t get me wrong. These sites are great for finding new homes and offer a wide collection of real estate property. However, if you want a more curated list of homes available in your region, sites that are state specific will provide better results. You might even want to consider building your own home instead of buying; Developing Iowa’s guide provides some insight into individual factors you might consider.
2. Contact the Neighborhood Associations
Neighborhood associations can also be a valuable resource for finding new homes.
If you’ve identified a few neighborhoods that look interesting to you, contact the citizens’ associations for information regarding new homes in that area. If you can’t find any neighborhood association, try calling the township itself.
If that doesn’t work either, you can always do a Google search of the area name and you may get relevant info about that region, including real estate activities.
3. Use Real Estate Agents
If you’re tired of searching for houses on your own, maybe it’s time to seek help from a real estate agent.
The good thing about consulting agents is that you’re able to get information about homes that are listed as well as those under construction.
Sometimes, homes are sold before they appear online. If you’re in good terms with an agent, you will be in a better position to know how many homes are up for sale in your region, as well as how many buyers have shown interest in the property so you can plan accordingly.
4. Use Apps to Monitor Listings on the Go
Technology has made it possible to access property listings at the comfort of your coach.
Leading property sites such as Rightmove have free apps for Android and iOS that allow users to access listing information on the go.
All you need to do is download the app, then select your desired location and the app will display listings in that specific location. Better still, you can set alert to on and you’ll be getting notifications every time a new home is listed.
We hope this guide will help you find new home developments in your region. Feel free to comment and share.