As I was checking the inventory of homes for sale in Leelanau County this morning, I was shocked to see the difference between our MLS inventory and what other websites claim. As of this morning, our MLS was showing 504 homes and condos for sale in Leelanau including 33 pending sales and 42 homes under contract.
A website that buyers frequent claims to have 1,095 homes for sale in Leelanau County. This website many times provides outdated sales information, assessed values, current asking prices, etc. Some of this is in part because the websites feed from other websites and the information does not update correctly, is delayed, or the software does not transfer the entries to the same places. For example, there was a website that once gave a number of bathrooms on all of my vacant property listings.
My advice to buyers who are currently searching for a home anywhere is to find an agent that has access to homes in that area, ask to be put on an automatic notification list (agents work all hours and frequently add new listings and price changes during the night) and you will be saved the hours of searching all of the websites yourselves. The information will be emailed to you as soon as it is available. This will also save you the aggravation of calling or emailing about a home that shows available on a website, only to find out that it is under contract or possibly has sold. There are a lot of websites that retain the data long after a transaction has closed.
The abundance of websites featuring homes and land for sale is overwhelming and they are making buyers slaves to them. Don't spend all your time searching -- let the information come to you. If you are looking for a home in the Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Benzie, Kalkaska or Antrim area call or email me and I will help make your search easier and more timely than you may have been experiencing.
Pam Mork, Coldwell Banker 231-920-0520 firstname.lastname@example.org