Once you have made a list of what you are looking for in a property and understand the property purchase methods, the next step to locating properties is to begin a shortlist.
There are a variety of methods that buyers can use to help locate properties.
1. The Internet
As the internet is now used by 87% of consumers to search for property it is the number one tool agents use to advertise. Property portals such as View make it easier for buyers to search for real estate based on location, price, property type, number of bedrooms etc.
As the internet has grown in popularity listings in newspapers have reduced. Many agents do however still use newspapers to advertise property and thus local and metro newspapers can still be a useful resource to identify potential property.
3. Direct Contact
One of the benefits of contacting your local agent is that you have someone else helping you to find your ideal property. If you are top of mind the agent may also notify you of new properties on their books before they are listed on the internet.
4. Promotional Magazines
Larger real estate agencies usually produce weekly or monthly magazines to provide potential buyers with a comprehensive list of properties they have for sale. These magazines are available free of charge from most agencies as well as handed out at open inspections.
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