Poll: How often do you look at real estate listings online?

How often do you look at real estate listings online?

  • Rarely, if ever. (7%, 13 Votes)
  • A few times a month. (26%, 46 Votes)
  • A few times a week. (19%, 34 Votes)
  • Once a day. (29%, 52 Votes)
  • Constantly throughout the day. (19%, 35 Votes)

Total Voters: 180

This poll was active 04.08.2012 through 04.14.2012

  

About The Tim

Tim Ellis is the founder of Seattle Bubble. His background in engineering and computer / internet technology, a fondness of data-based analysis of problems, and an addiction to spreadsheets all influence his perspective on the Seattle-area real estate market.

38 comments:

  1. 1
    Scotsman says:

    Less often than I used to?

  2. 2
    ARDELL says:

    Somewhere between once a day and constantly throughout the day. 3 to 5 times a day.

  3. 3

    RE: ARDELL @ 2 – Ditto. Unless I’m out of state.

  4. 4
    Peter Witting says:

    RE: Scotsman @ 1 – Perusing listings was an absorbing hobby of mine for many years. However, about 5 years ago, I lost interest.

    I couldn’t figure out how anyone could afford the lovely remodels and rennovations in my area (View Ridge, Ravenna), and I knew I certainly couldn’t. I found more contentment in the house I lived in, not the porn on the internet 9so to speak). Now I can’t look past the carrying costs and hassle of moving, which dulls the enjoyment, as well.

  5. 5

    All the time. I’m a bit obsessive /compulsive, and take up nasty habits pretty easily. So looking at listings 5 or 6 times a day? It’s safer than crystal meth and crack, isn’t it?

  6. 6
    David Losh says:

    For the Real Estate people, do you search the NWMLS or other online sites?

    I only search the NWMLS, and occasionally check Estately, redfin, and John L Scott. Zillow is th only site that has some potential, but it is completely screwed up, and may never be worked out.

    It makes no difference because every one involved made money on the IPO, and the hope is redfin will do the same.

    John L Scott is the only local company that has a decent search function.

    So my question is what are people searching when they search “online?”

  7. 7
    Blurtman says:

    RE: Ira Sacharoff @ 5 – And in comparison to on line porn? It is on line RE porn, afterall, in’t it?

  8. 8
    ChrisM says:

    RE: David Losh @ 6 – Easy: houses & manufactured houses on 4+ acres non-short sales under a dollar threshold that hit the market in the past three days.

    What are you looking at?

  9. 9
    David Losh says:

    RE: ChrisM @ 8

    Which search would you use?

    More specifically is the NWMLS a superior search to what the public gets.

  10. 10
    ChrisM says:

    RE: David Losh @ 9 – No clue on NWMLS, as I’m just a consumer, locked out of access to RMLS & NWMLS, but Kary infers NWMLS is far superior to what the public sees, and I can well believe it.

    In my experience Zillow is a steaming pile of cr** because of their shoddy data (they think there are 5+ 39 bathroom houses in Richland, WA). Redfin is awesome. I’d love to use other sites as well, and I’d love to see locations in the boonies, such as Sequim, Spokane, and Ashland Oregon.

  11. 11
    ARDELL says:

    RE: David Losh @ 6

    I search on the mls of course. But when I see something that may be of interest to one of my clients I look at it on Redfin and Zillow and in the King County Parcel Viewer while evaluating it before I go see it. I also google the address and the owners…and sometimes the neighbors. :)

    I also send the listings to my clients via a Redfin Link, and they do the same to me.

    The only time I send clients a listing via the mls is if it is sold, so that they can see the inside photos which are no longer in the public view.

  12. 12
    T. Y. Lee says:

    Redfin is my favorite, because they seem to have the most information available to me (which floors the bedrooms are on, agent comments, tax history, school district, whether or not it’s a short sale, etc). I agree that zillow is

    I check online listings every day. I get curious about houses I looked at but didn’t buy.

  13. 13
    StillRenting says:

    I search about once a day. Redfin is the most user-friendly, in my opinion. It’s easy to navigate and information is organized well. I wish it had a few more search options (e.g., ability to search by school district or school.. this is the first place I have lived where school district boundaries were not determined by municipality boundaries, which can be very annoying), but overall it seems they provide the most information, including their agents’ opinions of houses they have viewed. Also, their daily email updates on “favorite” properties and saved searches are informative without feeling like a sales pitch.

  14. 14
    Rumpole says:

    Real estate online=yuppie porn.

    I used to look a few times a day, but I’m older now and don’t have that kind of stamina.

  15. 15

    Is MLS

    Is MLS Massive Liquidity Strain?

  16. 16

    By ChrisM @ 10:

    RE: David Losh @ 9 – No clue on NWMLS, as I’m just a consumer, locked out of access to RMLS & NWMLS, but Kary infers NWMLS is far superior to what the public sees, and I can well believe it..

    I haven’t done a piece for over a year comparing the various consumer sites, which means that I also haven’t used those sites for over a year (other than clicking on a link to a listing someone provided). Probably time to update that.

    I do have to say I like the JLS mobile app. The NWMLS is coming out with one soon, but they want to charge agents $3.50 a month for its use. Considering I can use their full site on my phone, I don’t really see the point. I don’t even use the NWMLS’s mobile site on my phone.

  17. 17

    By ARDELL @ 11:

    I also send the listings to my clients via a Redfin Link, and they do the same to me. .

    Why not the NWMLS system? You don’t want to have a record of which listings you’ve already sent, and when? You don’t like the ability of the client to save a listing as a “favorite” or a “possibility?” Granted not many clients do the latter, but I find the former rather useful.

  18. 18
    wreckingbull says:

    No one has mentioned automated emails from Redfin yet. Since I have all my searches dialed in, I just browse daily emails, usually deleting them without looking at any of the listings. Once in a while, something catches my eye and I will actually click on the listing.

  19. 19
    David Losh says:

    It has seemed to me for a long time, and I have raised the issue a lot, that the NWMLS should have a consumer site. They can charge for the service like the mobile app, or add it into the cost to Brokers.

  20. 20

    By David Losh @ 19:

    It has seemed to me for a long time, and I have raised the issue a lot, that the NWMLS should have a consumer site. They can charge for the service like the mobile app, or add it into the cost to Brokers.

    First, please clarify your question from yesterday in the Twitter thread.

    Second, as to this, I think it’s purposeful. The brokerages want their websites to drive consumers to their agents. That works, so some extent, so they don’t want to change that. If the NWMLS did have a consumer site, it would likely be very crippled.

  21. 21
    Dirty Renter says:

    By Blurtman @ 7:

    RE: Ira Sacharoff @ 5 – And in comparison to on line porn? It is on line RE porn, afterall, in’t it?

    Under which category would ‘Realtors Gone Wild’ fall under?

  22. 22
    David Losh says:

    RE: Kary L. Krismer @ 20

    Kary, it’s the main feed to all sites, and each Brokerage can frame the listings, all listings, with the company logos. So I don’t see how it could be crippled.

    This is exactly what I’m talking about, how could you not know how the NWMLS works?

  23. 23

    By David Losh @ 22:

    RE: Kary L. Krismer @ 20

    Kary, it’s the main feed to all sites, and each Brokerage can frame the listings, all listings, with the company logos. So I don’t see how it could be crippled.

    This is exactly what I’m talking about, how could you not know how the NWMLS works?

    Yet another pointless dig on your part. Do you really not think I don’t understand how the NWMLS feeds data to the brokers? You really are a piece of work.

    I don’t think your framing idea will work, which is something you didn’t mention in the post I responded to. I won’t explain why because you don’t understand how the Internet works. And you don’t understand what brokerages want. /sarc

  24. 24
    David Losh says:

    RE: Kary L. Krismer @ 23

    Framing is already an option.

    This is a typical response from you.

  25. 25
    ARDELL says:

    To Kary and David,

    There IS a public search side to NWMLS, and there has been since 2000 at least.

    It also has all property that is listed in the mls, unlike many and most brokerage sites, and so includes the rental listings.

    It exists because there is a rule or law saying it must exist, but it is downplayed and “crippled” by design for the reason Kary noted.

    http://www.nwrealestate.com/nwrpub/

    The search function is difficult to navigate and the display looks like an advertisement. But that said, I’m pretty sure it doesn’t eliminate the rental properties or other types like vacant land or mobile homes that many private brokerage sites don’t allow through the feed to their websites for their own reasons.

  26. 26

    By David Losh @ 24:

    RE: Kary L. Krismer @ 23

    Framing is already an option.

    This is a typical response from you.

    No it’s not. Name one website that frames the NWMLS site.

    Typical response from you.

  27. 27

    RE: ARDELL @ 25 – Yes, that exists, but it’s about as good at broker sites over 5 years ago. I haven’t gone there for so long I’d forgot that part even existed.

    About the only time I go to that site is if I want to link a stat page.

  28. 28
    Toby Barnett says:

    I look at homes constantly throughout the day and even more so now with the lack of inventory.

    With regards to searching for homes, I search the NWMLS because data consistency on public IDX’s is unpredictable. The public has many options to choose from; national sites to local broker sites.

  29. 29
    ARDELL says:

    RE: Kary L. Krismer @ 27

    Still…it may help ChrisM given it doesn’t restrict the feed as to area and property type and gives him direct access to detailed info regarding how to contact the listing agent for additional info and property viewing. More important for remote areas on acreage, vacant land, rental listings, etc that are often chosen to not be included on brokerage sites.

  30. 30

    RE: ARDELL @ 29 – Good points. I didn’t get much past it’s horrible bathroom filter (something that’s been a problem on many of the brokerage sites too, but an improving situation there).

  31. 31
    David Losh says:

    RE: Kary L. Krismer @ 26

    Of course framing is available.

  32. 32
    David Losh says:

    RE: ARDELL @ 25

    The alternative is to have agents use redfin, or guide clients to redfin for property searches. The Brokerages that make up the Listing Services should implement search functions. We are way past the days when people will simply contact the Brokerage if they want listing information.

  33. 33
    ChrisM says:

    RE: ARDELL @ 29 – Thanks, Ardell. That site is in fact helpful, even as truly awful as the user interface is.

  34. 34
    Toby Barnett says:

    RE: David Losh @ 32 – Why would agents use a public IDX when the NWMLS is available? I guess if one’s dues are caught up then agents do have alternatives.

  35. 35
    David Losh says:

    Because Ardell is right, clients use redfin.

    Windermere has very little search capability. John L Scott is good, but beyond that most Brokerages use an IDX that is more or less behind the times.

    We are at a point where the public could, and should have access to the NWMLS, as a service they can subscribe to for a period of time, similar to what agents can do. It would be cost-effective.

    In the past I think Brokerages were afraid of a discount Brokerage business model, but we are seeing those discounts are killing the Brokerages that use that as a selling feature.

    I just think the NWMLS can make a better consumer experience, and uplift the industry in the process.

  36. 36

    By David Losh @ 31:

    RE: Kary L. Krismer @ 26

    Of course framing is available.

    You don’t understand. You don’t understand what brokerages want. You don’t understand why framing won’t work for them (while of course it’s technically possible to frame). You don’t understand what I’m saying.

  37. 37
    David Losh says:

    RE: Kary L. Krismer @ 36

    You are absolutely correct, what you are saying makes no sense.

  38. 38
    Toby Barnett says:

    RE: David Losh @ 35 – Allowing the public to use the NWMLS is a viable option though I feel the NWMLS may want to stay out of the business as to remain independent or they would resale the leads back to member brokers for their own listings.

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