The ability to search for property for sale has become so easy, it is almost overwhelming. After all, there are a variety of real estate websites such as Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia and more. Believe it or not, there used to be a time pre internet when properties for sale were listed in a book and updated only every few months. This meant when searching for properties for sale, you had two choices: Either rely on your real estate agent to comb that book and send over the information and hope it is current or drive up and down streets looking for signs advertising the home for sale.
Thankfully, technology has made it a bit easier to search for a home for sale in Lake Tahoe. The website that every agent inputs their listings into is called the Multiple Listing Service, otherwise known as the MLS. No matter where an agent is located, they have a local MLS they must not only input their listings into, but update accordingly as listing information changes. The MLS is also the source of information for websites such as Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia and more.
Now that you know the best source for up to date listing information, next you need to establish what it is you are searching for. Everyone has a list of what their home needs to feature. For example, specific neighborhoods, the amount of beds and baths, an office, a specific view, the list can go on depending on the person and their lifestyle needs. Having this list upfront saves a lot of time. Once you have created this list of needs, meet with your local Realtor. From there, they will input the criteria and the MLS will yield results within those search parameters. Additionally, an agent will be able to view agent only remarks, which is private details pertaining to a listing. This information could be crucial to know before you take the time to view or act as a heads up if you are still interested. From there, your agent will set up showings for you to do a walk through.
While you can still be proactive and drive around looking for signs advertising a home for sale in addition to searching the most popular real estate search engine websites, the best way to search for a home for sale in Lake Tahoe is through the MLS and a qualified Realtor. These two combined will bring you the most up to date information on the market.