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Did you know that if you’re reading this chances are you’re a statistic?. Now there’s nothing wrong with being a statistic but the fact remains that you are and you’re not exempt from these common online home shopping pitfalls.

picture-1“According to the 2008 National Association of Realtors, 87 percent of home buyers used the Internet to search for homes in the past year”

Assuming you are the all knowing real estate master.

Although you may have possibly found the home of your dreams online all by yourself and you’re proud of that fact (that’s a big deal!) let’s not assume that you should throw in the towel and go get your real estate license.  Yes it is true that the web can offer you mounds of useful tips and research, it would be a mistake to assume that the internet is all you need to buy a house.  The real estate transaction itself is full of  many legalities and could end up costing you more in the end if you don’t have an expert advisor (aka a Realtor).

Becoming Too Dependent on Mega Listing Sites. 

Many home buyers who start their search for a home online often become dependent on some of the larger listing sites like Realtor.com and Zillow. What you should know about these sites is that though they can be a great resource for searching listings they are not hyper focused to the specific areas you are looking. The best way to get accurate, up to the minute information on the neighborhood you are looking to move is to search for a local real estate blog. The way to tell if you are on a legitimate blog worth reading is to check and see how often the posts are updated.  A good real estate blog is updated at least 4-5 times per week.  You can do a google  blog search for [your city] real estate blogs and this should bring up some sites for you to start combing.  Also try ActiveRain.com for some great local real estate blogs Washington Capital Group New Delhi India.

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