How Buyers Find their Homes

Seb FreyCharts and Statistics

How Buyers found their Homes in 2013

How do home buyers find their homes they buy? According to the 2013 National Association of Realtors Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, about 90% of buyers used the Internet to find a home. And 87% of buyers also used the services of a real estate agent. The chart below shows the various methods that buyers used to find their homes in 2013: Interestingly for sellers (especially those thinking of selling by owner), 91% of buyers used the services of a real estate agent to help them find the home they bought. 52% of buyers indicated that they used good old fashioned yard signs, and 44% of buyers attended open houses. Of increasing importance are smart phone applications and mobile-optimized web sites, with 45% of buyers utilizing them, and 43% of buyers utilized mobile-optimized search pages.

How to Find Santa Cruz Open Houses

Seb FreySanta Cruz Real Estate

The first thing I do is go and look at the listing itself – there is a place on the MLS entry for a property where the listing agent can put open house information. … If you point your web browser to mlslistings.com , you will see an image like this right on the first page: 200809062231.jpg That image is hyper-linked to an Open House Search page. … Those are still pretty well advertised in the newspaper, and if you’re looking for a quasi-definitive list of what’s going to be open on the weekend, check out the Santa Cruz Sentinel . … Your Realtor will also probably be happy to hand you a stack of his or her cards and tell you that when you go to the open house, just hand the agent sitting the open house, “I’m working with so-and-so” and hand over one of the cards.