Here is the original article as written on July 11, 2007:
Most potential buyers start their search on www.realtor.com:
But, if you are like I was when I was looking for our new home in Mooresville/Lake Norman, you will soon gravitate to a more local website, preferably one run by the local Multiple Listings Service (MLS), as the data is more current and they offer more detailed search parameters so that you can fine-tune your search. Our greater Charlotte MLS which encompasses the Lake Norman area has a public website: www.carolinahome.com.
Or, you can go to a local company website like mine: Lake Norman Real Estate and you will get the identical Charlotte MLS data.
All of these are perfectly fine, but there is a better way, at least here in the Lake Norman and greater Charlotte area. We Realtors have access to the same MLS as you will find on the above websites, however, we have many more options for narrowing our searches. And, we have an automated program provided by our MLS that allows us to set a potential buyer up to receive daily updates of new or changed listings by email. You will essentially know about a new listing as quickly as a real estate agent! And, you will also be notified if a listing in your database has been taken off the active list when it has an accepted offer or been withdrawn. We can set you up with as many different searches as you would like. I have some clients who want waterfront or a boatslip or a certain school district, or a specific subdivision or even are considering buying a lot so I may have them set up to receive 4 or 5 different searches.
There are myriad other real estate related websites that are great fun to visit, like www.zillow.com but if you truly want to know the best way to find a house, go directly to the MLS source. If you are looking in the greater Charlotte and Lake Norman area email me your serach criteria; price, location and and many details as you would like and I will set you up with our automatic notifcation program!