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Sand Castle Realty Group, Inc.

4020 S. Del Prado Blvd Ste B-2

Cape Coral, FL 33904

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Dan@TopWaterfrontDeals.com

Sand Castle Realty 239-603-6100

Daniel G. Starowicz, P.A.

and associates

239-603-6100

Toll Free 1-800-301-4341

International 00-1-239-603-6100

Skype: dan.starowicz

 

Sand Castle Realty Group, Inc.

4020 S. Del Prado Blvd Ste B-2

Cape Coral, FL 33904

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Dan@TopWaterfrontDeals.com

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How to find the EXACT right home using this site!

Tips & Suggestions on how to BEST conduct searches for Southwest Florida homes for sale

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Saving your progress

Saving your favorite properties and/or your favorite searches is a very easy process.  Any time you are viewing the details of a property you wish to save, just click on the prominent ďSave PropertyĒ button and follow the steps to register as a new user. 

Itís pretty much the same format for saving a search.  Just click the prominent ďSave Search,Ē circled to the right.

Note that anytime you wish to log in to the site to view your saved favorites and/or searches, thereís a user login button at the top right.

Save your search

Staying updated

This has also been made a very simple process. When you register by saving a property or a search, thereís just a few questions to fill out. Based on those, Iíll be happy to keep you updated as additional good considerations come available.

The Inside Scoop: Just how accurate and complete is this info?

Iím sure any prospective buyer viewing any Real Estate website is very curious to know just how up-to-the-minute the data actually is. Is it 100% complete, or are there properties missing from that list? And which site really is the best for searching?  Is it one of the big national ones like Realtor.com or Zillow, or a more localized one, such as this?  I donít believe Iíve ever actually seen this answered, but to empower buyers hereís the actual inside scoop: none are perfect, but your best bet is actually a free service called Listingbook. 

The way websites like mine work is via a data feed called IDX. It provides the data from the various MLS systems, and is routinely updated. By everyone agreeing to allow their listings to appear on each otherís sites, it creates plenty of exposure for the listing, better ensuring the success of that property selling. The problem is that a small percentage of brokerages choose not to participate in this, and you wonít see those occasional missing properties on select websites!  Why anybody would list with such a brokerage is beyond me, but itís typically because they are unaware of how it actually works.

Many websites including some of the huge national ones and small individual ones leave some pretty old data posted- some ridiculously so! Some even say the data was refreshed 16 minutes ago- but still advertise a property that went under contract weeks ago. I guess the idea of being able to say ďwell that one is gone, but let me tell you about...Ē is the motivation behind a lot of them. That and some of those big sites make their money by selling referrals to Real Estate agents.  However, I consider all of that to be a disservice to actual buyers, so I wonít participate in any such tactics. Iíve designed my website so that every day itís set to discard any properties that have gone pending. Therefore, among all the actual websites out there, itís the best I have yet encountered.

The one limitation to that is the ďgarbage in, garbage outĒ effect.  Meaning that the data is only as good as whatís been put into the database.  With numerous listings put in and updated by agents of, letís say, various abilities to do their job well, if they neglect to update the status of a property to properly show itís gone pending for, say, 3 extra days, the database wonít know any differently, and neither will I or my website! Thatís a very small fraction of 1% though, so itís rarely an issue.

Listingbook

Ok, so this website is the best of the actual websites for the data in this portion of SW Florida, but as I mentioned up above, The Listingbook service was actually even better.  Let me explain: because certain brokerages opt-out of that IDX data feed, the best system would be one in which even their listings appeared- and in as close to real time as possible.

The Listingbook service is exactly that. It collects the data from everybody, even those brokerages, and itís easily the closest to real-time site Iíve yet encountered.  In tests Iíve run, itís typically within about 30 minutes of real-time versus the 1-3 days most sites take! So for those who want to do some of their own online searching before picking up the phone, this can be a great consideration. Itís also a good idea for those who wish to know about properties that just got listed, as itís always incredibly up-to-date. You will also like that it displays the property taxes directly in the property details.

Unfortunately, thereís a few shortcomings to it too. They are:

  • It requires a separate signup
  • Naples and Ft Myers/Cape Coral area on two different versions of the Listingbook service.  So if you are considering both areas or are searching that middle ground area of Estero and Bonita Springs, youíd need two separate accounts.  If you are a serious buyer though, that just means a little more logging in to view results on a rather sizable investment.
  • Thereís a bit of a learning curve. Though overall quite easy, spend a little time reviewing how it works.
  • It doesnít offer the huge flexibility of customizing your search like my site does. 
  • The Naples system and the Fort Myers/Cape Coral system donít allow quite all the same parameters.  For example, in the Fort Myers/Cape Coral one, you canít search specifically for foreclosures.
  • Though it updates so fast, it doesnít fire off a notice of a great new match immediately.  Rather it sends out morning reports in the early AM hours, once per day.

Those shortcomings aside, itís still a good consideration to include in your tools for finding that perfect property! 

You can sign up for either the Fort Myers/Cape Coral and/or Naples versions for free on my site at the following link:

http://www.topwaterfrontdeals.com/southwest-florida-real-estate/fort-myers-cape-coral-homes/listingbook-gulf-coast.html

Is there any no-compromise PERFECT solution?

Yes, simply contact me at 239-603-6100 and I can set up the exact search right in the actual MLS system(s).  Itís truly the best of them all, and itís right from the source.  It will be 100% of all available properties, itís in exact real time, it has all possible search criteria, and it can update you very quickly.  Youíll be amongst the very first to know when just the right property gets listed.

This option requires me setting it up manually on your behalf, but thatís no problem, so just give me a call to arrange it!

While this concludes the info on how to best search for properties, thereís still have plenty of useful information to pass along to you.  Next up, letís go over how property taxes work in this region of Florida.

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