Once you're set up, you'll get emails for new listings, sold listings, and price adjustments for homes that meet your search requirements. It's like having an agent working for you day and night!"
basis to alert the agent to new list- ings, sales, and price reductions. What they can do for themselves, they can also do for you. This is pre- cisely why building a great relation- ship with local real estate agents is crucial. An agent can set up auto- mated email reports to alert you to new listings, sales, and price reduc- tions for homes that meet your spe- cific criteria for price range, location, home features, and keywords. You'll get an email as it happens, or on a daily basis that keeps you informed about the home market and prop- erties you may want to acquire and allowing you to track neighborhoods for price fluctuations and buying or
selling trends. One thing you want to do before you contact an agent to get these re- ports is to do a quick Google search for properties for sale in your area, but add "IDX" to your search text, as in "Atlanta real estate IDX." IDX stands for Internet Data Exchange. Most sites are signed up for this as it allows all members to display the listings of all members. So, you'll be searching all the listed properties for the members of the local real estate MLS. Once you find a site you like, you may see a sidebar offer to get automated alert reports. If so, just fill out the form with your search
criteria and email address to allow the agent to set you up. If you don't see the offer, email the agent and ask for a report. You can make clear that you're in the early stages of your property search, so they won't be calling you every other day. Once you're set up, you'll get emails for new listings, sold listings, and price adjustments for homes that meet your search requirements. It's like having an agent working for you day and night! •
Abhi Golhar is a full-time real estate investor, Think Realty coach and host of Think Realty Radio. Connect with Abhi at BookWithAbhi.com.
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