One other thing I would like to add is that many of the Listings nowadays are Short Sales. Short Sales can take weeks if not months to close. Typically a Listing is not updated to Sold or the For Sale sign removed until the escrow closes.
Coldwell Banker Solano Pacific has the largest market share in this area and will have the best resources and most listings - we update our display on FIrst Street regularly if your ever in town.
Visit us at 900 First Street, Benicia, CA.
Buyers agents are compensated by writing an accepted contract and are paid after the transaction has closed - so it is in your best interest to get an agent to get you the most up to date information.
Unfortunately, 3rd party real estate sites are not updated as the MLS database the Realtors subscribe to. If there is a particular area you are looking in, I can pull up a list of sold homes for you.
As much as I like Trulia, it IS NOT an Association of RealtorsÂ® MLS system, so some listings may not ever make it on to Trulia (a listing syndication provider). You can read more about this here: http://www.trulia.com/voices/Home_Buying/how_up_to_date_are_ For the most accurate MLS information you must align yourself with a local RealtorÂ®! 441 E. L St. closed escrow on 8/31/10. This gives you some idea regarding delay, and/or data deficiency.
Since buying a home is a significant financial commitment make sure your RealtorÂ® clearly understands what is important to you. After all, there is a direct correlation between the comprehensiveness of identifying needs and the relative success level of finding a house that meets your needs as a home.
Choose a RealtorÂ® you want to work with and move forward with having them set up an automated MLS search for the type of property you are interested in. Identifying and aligning yourself with a Realtor who has set you up with an automated MLS search agent(s) takes you from being a spectator and "puts you in the game". Unless you are paying cash, please make sure you have a formal Pre-Approval - not a Pre-Qualification! This is IMPORTANT. To tell the differences see: http://www.Steven-Anthony.com/default.aspx?pp=39377 If you do not have both of these in place you are putting yourself in a competitive disadvantage as Buyer reaction time is vitally important in the current market, whether you are talking about distressed or non-distressed property. Good properties sometimes go into contract within a few days.
In regards to finding a Realtor, each Agent's Trulia profile will likely list accreditations and client testimonials. These sites, as well as a review of their Trulia answers will give you good insight into the depth of knowledge and experience of each individual. Note that DRE licensees are NOT bound to a Code of Ethics; only RealtorsÂ® take that oath, which can be viewed here: http://docs.Steven-Anthony.com/RealtorCOE.pdf You can check to make sure an Agent is a RealtorÂ® by going here: http://www.realtor.org/rofindrealtor.nsf/pages/FS_FREALTOR?O Additionally, you can check for Agent DRE violations here: http://www2.dre.ca.gov/PublicASP/pplinfo.asp While not required to receive excellent representation, consider searching for a RealtorÂ® who is also an Accredited Buyers Representative here: http://www.rebac.net/MembershipDirectorySearch.aspx
Good luck with your search.
Sold's depends on the source of your data. Whendy is correct, a Realtor can help with the most accutrate data as it originates in our MLS databse. Other web sites have access to data from our MLS but the web site updating may be delayed many hours or days, depending on the web site used. Realtor.com is the most widely used Realtor based website for current real estate information across our country. Happy hunting!
Best of luck,
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If you are interested in knowing more about the trends in the Benicia market as well as getting updates on new listings or solds, please contact me at 707-337-2249. Or my website: soldbynicole.com