When searching for a home the first steps are to gather as much information as possible. The more information you have as a buyer, the better decisions you can make and at the right time.
There are a few schools of thought when it comes to homes on the market. There are those you search the main websites and if they can’t find what they want, they wait and stalk. They feel that by hitting refresh on their computer every 5 minutes they will be first on the scene for the best deals once they hit the open market.
That process has a couple of potential issues. Depending on the website, there can be a delay of when the homes show as active on the market. Plus, once a home hits, it is open game for anyone with a computer. So even though you might be first on the scene, there will be time of others to jump in as well. So instead of being reactionary to the market, it’s important to be pro-active. Finding homes before they hit the open market.