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Buy a House Online


More and more home buyers are using Internet when searching for a home. According to the National Association of Realtor Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, 77% of home buyers use the web as a resource to buy a house online and there are about half a million websites hawking dream homes.

When it comes to buying your house and finding the best deal on a mortgage loan, the Internet can be a huge help. Today, it is a common practice to find and buy a house online. All major real estate companies, and many smaller regional ones as well, provide their own web sites where potential home buyers can browse available homes at their leisure. These web sites allow home buyers to screen homes based on price, location, number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms and a myriad of other items.

Banks, credit unions and mortgage brokers also allow the potential buyer to get pre-approved for a mortgage. Pre-qualification on a mortgage means the potential buyer will know exactly where he or she stands and how much he or she can borrow before they start the search.

Armed with information like how much home you can afford, it is time to hit the Internet and find the home of your dreams. You can start with the web site of any major national real estate broker. You can either limit your home search to their properties, or you can use their web site as a starting point to search the Multi-Listing Service (MLS).

The internet allows the potential home buyer to limit their search to the amount they can afford. Searches can be further filtered by type of home, number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, garage space, acreage and a host of other factors. Searches can also be limited to a city, town or ZIP code. The search criteria of real estate web sites is very broad, and this can make searching the internet for a home a real snap.

In addition to searching current homes, the web sites of real estate companies allow interested home buyers to sign up for email alerts. These alerts notify the prospective buyer when a new home comes on the market. You can be assured of being the first to know about a home that fits your specific needs.

In addition to the many web sites run by real estate companies, there are many web sites run by the various for sale by owner companies. More and more homeowners are choosing to forgo the real estate agent, and the real estate commission, in favor of a fixed price system that provides support but allows the homeowner to show and sell their own house. These for sale by owner web sites generally offer the same sort of search criteria as the web sites of the major national real estate firms. A for sale by owner situation can provide an excellent way to buy a home, and working directly with the seller can sometimes provide an excellent benefit.

The latest real estate trend is to buy a house online. No matter what part of the country you live in, or what type of home you are buying, the internet can help you quickly narrow your search and focus your times on the properties that are best suited to your lifestyle and budget. The internet allows you to browse for hours at your leisure, and then print a list of prime properties to investigate either on your own or with the help of your real estate professional.


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