There are basically three types of homes that fit into this mold.
1. Homes currently listed in MLS, including . (These are homes that any agent has access to. Trust me you do not want every agent in Charleston contacting you every time a home in your area comes on the market or changes price!)
2. Pocket listings. These are homes that an individual agent may know is for sale but the owner has asked that it not be placed in MLS for one reason or another.
3. Homes not currently for sale, until you give an owner the idea, which they may then act upon.
My suggestion would be to find one agent and do the following:
a. Fine tune your wish list. (These neighboorhoods are rather diverse with varying price ranges. Let your agent know what your wants and needs are to better pin point your ultimate home.)
b. Sit with your agent and thoroughly go through all of the properties that meet those expectations that are currently on the market. It's improtant to note that our MLS search tools are far superior to those the public has access to.
c. If you do not see what you want go to plan "B" which would include looking up recently expired and withdrawn listings as well as moitoring all new properties that fit your criteria in those areas. (sometimes in these markets owners just get tired and give up even though they are still interested in selling)
d. Soliciting homes not currently for sale is effective but be prepared for the reaction from the seller that you are expecting to pay more than market.
Jason, I'd be happy to help you with your search. Feel free to visit my web site at http://www.HavilandEstates.net.
or call me at 843-327-8986.