I've been on trulia and realtor but are there many properties that I'm missing out on that i cannot find with out a broker?

Asked by Patrick Mompoint, 11210 Mon Aug 9, 2010

what are the best online resources to search for properties?

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Christopher…, Agent, Methuen, MA
Mon Aug 9, 2010
If you are looking for homes listed on the MLS, then they should be on Realtor.com. The best way to search for homes listed on the MLS is to search on an agent's MLS account. Most agents will gladly set up a search for you with the hope that you will consider using him or her as your buyer's agent. Buyer's agents are usually always compensated in the form of a commission split paid by the the listing agent, so why not use a buyer's agent?

If you want to search for homes that are not on the MLS, you can search on craigslist and other classified or real estate websites such as fsbo.com or forsalebyowner.com, etc.
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Donald Mituz…, Agent, Chappaqua, NY
Wed Jan 5, 2011
If you're looking to buy in NYC, it marches to the beat of a different drummer then the rest of the country. No, many listings are not on realtor.com. Many agents in NYC are not even Realtors (members of NAR). Those that do list properties in an MLS and on realtor.com are usually members of LIBOR. A lot of listings are exclusive in house listings and if you want to see the property you have to see it witn an agent from that firm. I would get in touch with some of the larger firms like Prudential Douglas Elliman and search on their web sites. I would also suggest craigslist for looking for homes in Brooklyn. Also, as Bonnie and David had mentioned, certainly go to http://www.streeteasy.com when looking in NYC. I'm a broker north of NYC in Westchester-Putnam and around here pretty much EVERYTHING gets listed in the MLS and any good agent or broker will have a web site to search all the listings. It makes it much easier for those searching.

Don Mituzas
Licensed Associate Broker
2008 Realtor of the Year
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David Rogoff…, , Brooklyn, NY
Tue Aug 17, 2010

There are many sites that are helpful for buyers. In addition to all those sites listed below, we also like http://www.streeteasy.com, because it is a neat and as the name says an easy format to search for properties. RealtyTrac.com is mainly used if you are looking for pre-foreclosures, auctions, and REO properties. Other sites include Owners.com, Homesbyowner.com, BuyOwner.com and SellByOwner.com.

By consulting with a Realtor you can be assured you will not miss out on properties, because we have access to the full MLS database. David and I would be happy to send you a list of homes that meet your needs. If you are seeking something in 11210 which is the Midwood area, that is where our office is located.

Please give us a call or visit our website below - we are happy to assist you!

Best regards,

Bonnie Chernin & David Rogoff
FIllmore Real Estate - Branch 19
Brooklyn, NY 11210
e-mail: davidrogoff@fillmore.com
917-593-4068 - David mobile
646-318-5031 - Bonnie mobile
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Manu Kapoor, Agent, New York, NY
Fri Aug 13, 2010
There are more resources other than the two u mentioned.
Zillow, Filmore, FSBO.com, and many more.
Do google search or see on realtytrack.com
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Charles D'Al…, Agent, Brooklyn, NY
Tue Aug 10, 2010
There are many did you try http://www.fillmore.com loads of resources for the home buyer
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Mitchell Fel…, Agent, Brooklyn, NY
Tue Aug 10, 2010
Dear Patrick Mompoint:

You need to have a great agent helping to locate properties for you. As agents we have many resources to get and find listings and we will make sure you do not miss out on anything.

Having said that the best online resources for finding properties as you stated are http://www.Realtor.com, http://www.Trulia.com, http://www.Zillow.com and here in Brooklyn you may also want to check out http://www.NYTimes.com. I would also suggest you do a "google" search using the zip code you are looking in and the words "homes for sale."

If I can be of further assistance please let me know. Good luck!

Mitchell S. Feldman
Associate Broker/ Director of Sales
Madison Estates & Properties, Inc.
Office: (718) 645-1665
Cellular: (917) 805-0783
Email: MitchellSFeldman@aol.com
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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Tue Aug 10, 2010
Consider working with one agent as he/she can constantly keep you informed on new to the market listings, any price changes, provide you with comps--recently sold similar properties in the immediate area, etc.; If using Realtor.com, you do have access to all listings.
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Scott Miller, Agent, Boca Raton, FL
Tue Aug 10, 2010
Hi Patrick. The site that syncs all listings directly from our MLS is REALTOR.COM. But, you should definitely be working with one single agent to help you find what you're looking for! Ask that agent to set you up on an 'auto-notification' list that we have in our MLS. You'll give him/her the criteria you're looking for and then every time a listing with those features gets put on the MLS, you get an email directly with that listing.

Nothing could be easier, AND.....you have a relationship with an agent that will look after your best interests, walk you through the process and pick up a friend for life. Really.


Scott Miller, Realty Associates, Boca Raton, FL
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Don Tepper, Agent, Burke, VA
Tue Aug 10, 2010
If you're using Realtor.com, all listings should appear there, and pretty promptly, too. Trulia, in theory, should have them all though my first choice would be Realtor.com or your local MLS. And Realtor.com and your local MLS probably will have them quicker than Trulia.

Really, you shouldn't be missing out on many properties that way. What you'd be missing out on are pure FSBO properties--properties beings sold that are never listed on the MLS. There will be some, but likely your agent won't have easy access to them, either. There are some sites that are set up specifically for FSBOs, though, so you should check those, too. And some FSBOs sell on sites like Craigslist.

So: Best online resources would be Realtor.com or your local MLS through a local Realtor. Then make sure you're looking at the FSBO sites and at Craigslist. That's about as good as you'd be able to do.

Hope that helps.
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Ralph Windsc…, Agent, Hauppauge, NY
Tue Aug 10, 2010
If you go to see any property listed onTrulia, realtor.com, or any othr site used by realtors, you will have to be shown those properties by an agent. Realtor.com, MLSLI.cm and Trulia are all good sources. There are many other sites that have the same information but the only other properties you might "miss out" on are office exclusives. Those are properties that are only being sold by one particular realtor. If you are not currently working with a buyer's agent (I am one), I would recommend using one. If you're concerned about the cost, there is usually no additional cost to you as the buyer because the seller usually has allocated a portion of the total commission to the selling agent (whether that agent is working for the buyer or the seller). Please feel free to contact me at your convenience. Good luck!

Ralph Windschuh
Certified Buyer Representative
Senior Real Estate Specialist
Associate Broker
Century 21 Princeton Properties
Top 2% of Century 21 Agents Nationwide!
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