If you’re like most people, you enjoy browsing homes for sale online. Whether you’re just curious to see what the neighbor’s house is on the market for, or you’re actively house hunting, you probably have your favorite website to use to check for Austin real estate.
Well, on April 30th, the Austin Board of Realtors (ABOR) will implement a policy change that will impact the amount of homes displayed on many popular websites. Previously, ABOR had allowed syndication of the information about local homes for sale to number of other websites, which have in turn, shared the data with other websites. This made it a challenge to ensure the data was accurate. So on April 30th, the practice will change, and homes for sale will no longer be sent automatically, or syndicated, to these non-Realtor website.
There will still be plenty of homes to see on websites like Zillow and Trulia, because some individual real estate brokers will still choose to post their listings to them, but these sites won’t have ALL of the homes in the greater Austin area. And when inventory is as low as it is in Austin, you don’t want to run the risk of missing a home the first day it comes on the market in the neighborhood you have your heart set on.
So how can Austin-area home buyers (or home browsers) ensure they are viewing the most accurate and comprehensive data in the Austin area? The following websites will continue to have direct feeds from the MLS:
- And websites for real estate brokerages such as: KeepAustinWeirdHomes.com
And when you are ready to take your home search off the computer and make it a reality, give Rodney a call at 512-740-6486. He will make sure you don’t miss anything.
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- By Rodney Campbell