Searching for real estate online? You are not alone, over 80% home-buyers start their search on the internet. Searching for homes on the internet can save your valuable time but it can also prove difficult if you are new to the internet. Here are some tips that can help make your search a bit easier.
There are 3 major search engines, Google, Yahoo and MSN. Google is the best search engine in the internet world. It displays most relevant search results, So use Google.
- Use Google Canada (www.google.ca) instead of Google.com because it focuses on Canadian websites and you are more likely to find relevant real estate web sites.
- To filter out the irrelevant, out of area websites, select the “Pages from Canada” option before clicking on the search button.
- If searching for a particular Realtor by name, add area and the word “Realtor” to the name. IE search for “Raj Dhaliwal Abbotsford Realtor” instead of just “Raj Dhaliwal“
- Use ” ” to narrow down your search results. Try “Abbotsford real estate for sale” instead of Abbotsford real estate for sale .
- “Abbotsford real estate” is a broad search term. Your results will contain all types of real estate websites from condos to commercial. Try other “narrow” search terms to get better results. IE, Abbotsford condos for sale or market value of my home in Abbotsford.
- Or simply ask Google a question, like, What is my Abbotsford home worth? Don’t ask “what is my home worth?” If Google doesn’t know your location, it can’t give you the relevant results.
- Try local search in Google.
- In search results focus on the organic (natural) results. The results in the sidebar (right side of screen) are paid links. These may not be relevant to your query. Sometimes these paid links are also displayed on the top of the natural results. usually they are highlighted (light yellow background). Paid results are always marked by Google as “sponsored links” These paid links can be websites of local Realtors but most of the times these links are irrelevant websites trying to capture your information.
- Use your “common sense” when clicking on the links in the results. Read the title and the URL. The very top link may not be the best website for your needs.
- When using real estate websites, stick with the ones that provide Free, instant information. Avoid those just trying to capture your information without providing any useful information.
- Realtors are required to collect your info to provide certain information about properties. If a Realtor is identified and contact information (Phone number, physical address, e-mail etc.) is provided on the main page of the website and your common sense tells you that the website belongs to a local Realtor, your information is more likely to be in safe hands.
- Once you find a great Realtor’s website, bookmark it, contact the Realtor or create an account on the website.
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- Beautifully upgraded 2 bedroom apartment unit in the popular Cascade Green complex.This recently upgraded unit features laminated floors, tiled entry, insuite laundry and new light fixtures. Click here for details and pics.
Abbotsford real estate market is showing no signs of slowing down, not even for the winter months. Fraser Valley Real Estate Board reports more activity on the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) than last November. However the activity was lower than the October of this year which is normal for this time of the year. The highs sales numbers are due the availability of more listings than previous years years. The real estate board added 9% more listings last month compared to Nov, 2006. Prices continue to rise for all classifications of housing. The average price of a single family detached house was up 4.9% when compared to last November. The price increase was 6.2% for townhomes and 7.5% for apartments. For more information on buying or selling real estate in Abbotsford please contact Raj Dhaliwal at 604.614.9294.
August was the second record month for real estate sales processed on MLS in the Fraser Valley, second only to August 2005. Both sales and prices were higher than expected by Realtors. There were 4% more sales processed that August of last year. The number of new listings was 7% higher compared to August 2006. The price of single family home increased 8.9% to $526879 in one year. Average price of townhomes also increased from $294887 to $320930 a jump of 8.8%. Average apartment price jumped 12.5 percent i the Fraser Valley, from $193451 to $217683. Abbotsford is one of the strongest markets in the Fraser Valley as it is enjoying the healthy growth in the all sectors of real estate market.
June was another record month for real estate sales in the Fraser Valley. Listing volume was up 39% compared to last June but higher number of listing didn’t slow down the market. Prices are up across Fraser Valley. Average price of single family home was $529,678, an increase of 11.5% compared to June of 2006. Average price of a townhome was $321614 up 10.9% higher compared to the same month in last year. The average price of an apartment was up 16.2 per cent at $219935.
B.C.’s farm land appreciated more than 8 percent in value during the 2nd half of 2006 according to FCC (Farm Credit Canada). The first half of the year saw a 10% increase. Farm land in the Fraser Valley is the most fertile & most valuable in the province. Small family farms are selling for over $80000 per acre. Higher crop prices in the recent years are believed to be the major factor in rising farm land prices. Our cities are growing at a record pace and there is lots of development pressure on our farmland, thats another reason for rising prices. Unlike other provinces BC farm land is protected from development by the ALR (Agricultural Land Reserve). If you are thinking of buying a hobby farm or a house on acreage please call us at 604.614.9294
Most people use the Internet to search for real estate for sale listings and related information before selling or buying any real property. We continue to improve our Abbotsford Real Estate Network online. MyAbbotsford.com will soon have a new search feature that will allow visitors to search the entire MLS without having to fill out the long sign up forms. Don’t forget to post a “real estate wanted” ad if you are unable to find that perfect home.
Our special website dedicated to Abbotsford condos, TheCondoSeller.Com has a list of all condo buildings in Abbotsford. Check out the featured listings page for great deals on Abbotsford condos.
Condo market in Abbotsford is going strong with more than 150 Abbotsford condos sold in first quarter of 2007, even in this crazy weather. (Snow in April) Lots of new condo buildings are coming up as the the demand for affordable housing increases. check out THE CONDO SELLER ‘s website for more information.