We are living in the digital era where information is available anywhere at our fingertips. Through real estate search tools, any one in the world can get properties listed for sale in America at their fingertips. BUT WAIT!
Most homes you see promoted on magazines and websites have been sold. They are left here as a lead generating tool for the website or agent. When it comes to searching properties for sale, we can get inundated with properties only to find out that the property we like is sold. Every vehicle that is used to promote available property for sale is input only. When a property is for sale, you can promote it on multiple websites and the information stays there for months or years. You guessed it, there really no motivation or vehicle to remove the information.
Most of this information is programmed to fall off after a calendar year. Homeowners, Realtors and real estate agents like that their sold listings are on the website because it entices you to call them. Then they can tell you “sorry that house is sold but I have access to plenty more.” Magazines are, of course, input only and these properties are exposed to you
until you decide to use it as kindling to start a fire.
The best way to find out what is actually available is to contact a Realtor in the area you are looking to purchase. Realtors have access to real time information thru what is know as the MLS (multiple listing service) there are many websites that say they connect you to this information but it is in very limited capacity and again you are looking at lead generation tools and not true time information.
Instead of thinking you will find active properties, use the website as a resource to find great real estate professionals working in your area of interest. Of course you can contact us as we have access to the best of the best already in our data base and can get true time information to you!
Note: For all our foreign friends…it has been my experience that with 50 wonderful states to choose from and so many great locations, you may not have solid locations picked out for you real estate or investment purchases. After all, how do you know where the best golf courses are, or best fishing lakes, or beaches, or cash flow markets or growth markets? Very few real estate pros promote location. (MMmmm, interesting real estate is all about location, location, location, yet most only promote the properties in their back yard.)
I understand your dilemma. How do you find property for sale in the U.S.A.? Since you are reading this post, you may have found the best source right here! Seriously, you will want to find those realtors who promote location and not just the property. After all if you are smart enough to come overseas to purchase, you understand that real estate and properties are all about location!