More and more people are beginning their home searching online. It's convenient, it's easy and often you even are able to see the interior of a home through virtual tours without ever leaving your chair.
A lot of things are changing in how Real Estate Agents market, assist people in finding a home, and even in how clients are represented. Buyers' agency may be a newer concept and isn't even fully practiced in some states. Idaho has very specific laws on how a customer or client should be represented and it is important for you to understand how you will be represented in a transaction. Read the Idaho Agency Law Brochure for a clear understanding of the different types of relationships a Real Estate Agent may have with a person they encounter in a transaction and vice versa.
Now how does this all relate to shopping for Real Estate online? In today's Real Estate cyberworld many successful websites allow anyone to search a public access MLS site. This hasn't been the case for very long. In fact, my father's website and only one or two other well know Real Estate brokerages in the Treasure Valley had this access on their website as recently as 10 or 11 years ago. Today it has come to be a norm. What you do need to know about it is that more often than not the picture and information of the Realtor next to the listing that you've fallen in love with is not the listing agent on the home. He/she is one of the Realtors that is hosting the public access site for you to be able to search the MLS online yourself. However, what else you do need to know is that it is better for you if they are not the listing agent. You need your own representation and a Buyers' agent is able to not only get you all of the information that you may want or need on any given house, they can also get you more. The listing agent has a confidentiality agreement with the seller of the home. They are representing the seller. Your buyers' agent will be representing you. And that's important.
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