10 Creative Property Search Strategies

Posted by Dan Miller, REALTOR on Thursday, February 9th, 2017 at 5:48am.

These days finding the right property is about much more than putting a search in place on the MLS. In this low inventory environment, it pays to have a hard-working team of buyer agents in your corner. Here are 10 different ways your buyer agent team can go the extra mile to help you find and buy your dream home. 

10 Creative Property Search Strategies

  1. Contact households of previously expired MLS listings in your target location. 
  2. Identify "coming soon" listings that are in withheld/delayed status on the MLS. 
  3. Monitor listings on Zillow, FSBO websites, and craigslist. 
  4. Contact real estate agents who are active in your preferred location. 
  5. Call property owners in select neighborhoods and condo communities in order to find the right unlisted property
  6. Send post cards or letters to households in your target location. 
  7. Door-knock and deliver flyers to your preferred neighborhood or condo community. 
  8. Take out print ads in the newsletter of your favorite neighborhood. 
  9. Take out Facebook ads that are targeted for your preferred location. 
  10. Use Nextdoor to reach homeowners in your preferred neighborhood. 

And here's a bonus strategy: Do "drive-by's" through your targeted neighborhoods and contact owners of appealing properties. 

Get your Game Plan Started

In this market, a proactive and creative plan is much more likely to yield positive results than a traditional MLS search. It's also a great idea to discuss with your agent how the two of you can work together to maximize your odds for success. Collaboration is key in this market. Hire an agent with a good plan and a good work ethic, and make sure the two of you have a solid working relationship. 

Contact us and tell us about your home-buying goals. Then we'll discuss some next steps for helping you find and buy your dream home.  

This article is published courtesy of:
Dan Miller, REALTOR
Mad City Dream Homes & RE/MAX Preferred
610 Junction Road #205, Madison, WI, 53717

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