Are you wishing there was an easier way to know about new property listings as soon as they hit the market? No problem, we have that!
In the Collingwood-Blue Mountain area, we use an MLS system that has an excellent “homefinder” portal for our buyer clients. Basically, it is a landing page set up for that client, to view listings in real-time that fit a preset criteria defined between the buyer and their salesperson.
Here’s How It Works
It starts with my entering your name and email address into our MLS® system followed by entering the criteria you have told me about what you are looking for in a home. For example, you may be looking for a home with 3 or more bedrooms with an attached garage in a specific neighbourhood or area for $400,000 to $500,000. I enter those parameters and then decide if all listings should be sent to you instantly when they appear on our MLS system or, if I should review them before sending. When ready, the system will send you an email letting you know there are new listing matches for your consideration.
What You Can See and Do
The email will send you a link to click on that will go into your portal. There you will find many options: you can see them all on a central map, you can view them in list or gallery form, you can sort them by newest, price, size or many other options and, you can even add new searches. For each listing, you can click on the little heart shown by the address and choose to save the listing as a possibility, remove it from possibilities, mark it as a favourite or discard it. It’s a great way to keep an organized list of properties to you may wish to view or watch. Best of all, it is shown in live-time so changes to remarks or prices will always be up-to-date.
If you really want to maximize your use of the portal, here is a guide with advanced features explaining everything you can do on the site.
As this system is driven by our local MLS® system, only properties listed for sale on it will appear in the portal. Properties listed by agents outside of the area who have not opted to add them to our system will not appear but can still be found on the realtor.ca site.
If you are searching for a property in our area, this is the best way to have up-to-date info on your options without having to spend time searching on your own. It really is a great system and my buyers tell me they love it.
Home Finder Form - Tell me what you are looking for and I will match you up!
Marg Scheben-Edey is a Broker with RE/MAX four seasons realty limited, Brokerage in beautiful Collingwood, ON. With three decades of experience, Marg is a leader in the local real estate marketplace and is ready to help guide both Buyers and Sellers in achieving their real estate goals. Email Marg