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How to Recognize a Good Homebuyer Website
By Texas Assoc. of Realtors
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 • Posted May 10, 2013 5:50 PM

Do you know the old saying “everything on the Internet is completely true”?

Yeah, me neither. If you’ve been looking for properties or buying advice, you know there are plenty of real estate websites. So when it comes to your home search, it makes sense to approach the Internet with a discerning eye. But how do you know which websites you can trust? The best indicator is if they’re affiliated with Texas REALTORS®. Here’s what else you should consider when turning to the web for homebuying advice.

Would you like advice from consumers or experts?

Lots of real estate websites offer advice from other consumers – people who don’t know any more about real estate than you do. This is similar to getting advice on homebuying from your well-meaning coworker, your nosy mother-in-law, or your kid’s little league coach. You need guidance from a Texas REALTOR®, someone who’s professionally trained to assist buyers and does it every day.

Texas isn’t the same as Florida, California, Colorado, New York …

You’re buying in Texas, so you need advice and information specific to your area. Texas REALTORS® are local experts and will ensure you know the ever-changing conditions in your market. Accurate information like this helps you make the right offer and negotiate from a position of strength.

Are you guessing a property’s value?

If you want a computer algorithm to “guesstimate” what a property is worth, there are plenty of sites you can turn to. If you want to know what properties in your part of Texas are selling for, ask a Texas REALTOR®. They know the actual sales prices for properties – not some vague approximation – which will help you know what the house you’re thinking about buying is worth.

Here’s where to start.

There’s plenty of good real estate information on the Internet, if you can tell which websites to trust. Look for sites by Texas REALTORS®; they’re the experts at advice, pricing and negotiating in your area. If you’re not sure how to find a Texas REALTOR®, visit TexasRealEstate.com and use the Find a Texas REALTOR® search.

For more information on buying or selling property in Texas, please call Waymond Lightfoot at (210)386-5201.

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