Finding MA Home Listings Online

Finding MA home listings online can be a daunting task. There are a variety of websites to choose from. The following information will guide you through the different choices.

Real Estate Websites Are Not All the Same

MA homes for sale are normally entered into a database, called the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), by local real estate professionals. The data is then distributed to other companies through feeds and syndication. These third parties reformat the data and present them in different ways on their websites.

Although all of the sites pull data from MLS, they do not necessarily receive every home for sale in MLS. Listing companies can opt-out of having their listings included in the distribution feed. Also, these websites may only pull new listings at certain intervals, so new listings may not immediately appear on those sites. If you are searching listings in a hot market, a delay in seeing a newly entered listing may result in missing the property of your dreams.

Finding MA Home Listings Online

Using third party websites are a great way to perform a home search, but keep in mind that local real estate brokers have direct access to MLS and can grant complete access to every home for sale entered into MLS. Real estate brokers can either review listings on your behalf or provide you with direct access to MLS through their account.

Each agent may use different methods to grant that access. Some questions to ask a real estate agent are…

  • Is the tool an online one?
  • Can I save searches?
  • Will the system notify me of new listings?
  • How accurate is the listing data on the website?

Understanding Alternatives

Now that you understand where online resources get their homes for sale from and how that compares to what a real estate professional can offer for resources, you can elect the best method that you would like to use for finding MA home listings online online.

About Editor-John P. Wells

I am a resident of Newburyport and have worked in education, high tech and urban development. My interests in architecture and construction are invaluable to my clients. For more information please visit the Wellsco website.