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When a Picture Doesn’t Say 1,000 words: The Danger of Searching for Homes Online

Online Real Estate Search

Pictures are an important part of a real estate listing, and many people lean too much on the photos when they are choosing a home for their family. A common phrase in our culture is that a picture says 1,000 words… but the truth is that pictures can be deceiving at times. Photos can help you assess the options that might be available, but it is essential that you see the property in person before making any commitments.

Some buyers are too busy to spend time touring many different homes, so they mistakenly think that online real estate listings can help them choose the right property. If you don’t have a lot of time, then it is essential that you are working with an experienced real estate team who can understand your requirements and identify properties that meet your needs. Here at DUFFY Realty, we understand how important it is to pick a home that will work well for your family.

Narrowing Your Search for a Real Estate Property

One of the drawbacks to using online listings to find a home is that this approach often narrows your options. People assume that they can handle the search without the support of a professional, only looking at the listings that are viewable on their favorite real estate search engine. The truth is that there are more options than what you can find online, and an experienced real estate agent will help you find properties that might not be searchable.

Real estate agents have connections in the industry to stay updated on opportunities before the listings goes live. Additionally, the search results can vary depending on the website that you are using.

Avoid the Fake Listings

One of the biggest problems that you can run into by depending on online listings for your real estate search is the fake listings that you might find. The internet is a great place for scammers to take advantage of unsuspecting people.

Fake home listings could either make a low-quality property look better than it is. Or it could even be a listing for a home that doesn’t actually exist. People might be trying to collect page views or gather your information so that they can sell your phone number.

If you are working with a trusted real estate agent, then you can look at online listings that might be a good option for your family. The agent can do the research to ensure that you are looking at a legit property. You should always schedule a time to view the home before sending an offer or making a decision, to be sure that the quality of the home matches the pictures that you viewed.

Here at DUFFY Realty, we are working hard to keep your family protected! If you want to avoid the online scams, then we invite you to call our experienced team. We are here to help! (678) 318-1700

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