Where (and Where Not) to Find Listings
EXPLORE NEWSPAPERS AND THE INTERNET
With the current shortage of properties for sale, looking for a home takes diligence. Nevertheless, prospective buyers have become increasingly savvy in finding listings of homes for sale. Daily searches in newspaper Real Estate sections, as well as websites for Real Estate Owned (REO) and Short Sales are just a few common research options.
MAKE USE OF THE Bayside-realestate.com Website
Bayside’s website has a direct link to Alameda’s Multiple Listing Service (MLS), which is a thorough and reliable source for current Alameda listings. The Alameda MLS, originating from the East Bay MLS, is maintained 24/7 and is the primary repository for the area’s listings.
VISIT SITES THAT LIST PROPERTIES FOR SALE IN SURROUNDING CITIES
Out-of-town agents, although usually less familiar with Alameda, sometimes have Alameda listings in their regional MLS (e.g.,San Francisco, Palo Alto, Sonoma, or Marin). Although sellers are usually better served by our local agents, buyers may find great deals in Alameda from outside agencies. This is especially true for Short Sale and Foreclosure Sale (REO’s) listings.
STAY AWAY FROM TRULIA OR OTHER SITES THAT ARE NOT MAINTAINED 24/7
Sites like Trulia and Google pull listings from various Internet resources, as they have no listings of their own. These sites can cause confusion and frustration by not removing listings after they are sold. You could spend days chasing after listings that were gone six months or even a year ago! Worse yet, such sites may give false hope in properties and prices that no longer exist.
READ THE ALAMEDA JOURNAL
The Alameda Journal, the local ‘freebie’ paper, is the ‘bible’ for open houses in Alameda. The Journal, where dozens of local companies place their ads, comes out every Friday morning. Most of the coming weekend’s ‘Open Homes’ are found here, as are many other properties for sale. To be more certain that you don’t miss a thing, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Berkeley, Oakland, and San Leandro papers may also have Alameda listings and open houses.
TAKE TO THE STREETS
A favorite way to scope out properties is to ride a bicycle through town and look for yard signs. It’s fun and a great way to get to know a neighborhood. A car will also do fine, especially if you need to cover a lot of territory. Odd as it may seem in this electronic day and age, sometimes a yard sign is the only way to learn that a property is for sale.
FORECLOSURE WEB SITES
HomePath.com, usHud.com, as well as Auctions.com (which should be used with caution as professionals often look here to buy), are a few websites where foreclosed properties can be found.