Midtown Tulsa Real Estate - Lori Cain

How Best to Search for Homes for Sale in Tulsa – get truly customized home search results delivered to your e-mail inbox!

How Best to Search for Homes for Sale in Tulsa – get truly customized home search results delivered to your e-mail inbox!

My client is searching for a one-level condo under $125,000. She wants a specific area of town and needs more square footage than most condos available in her price range. Her needs are unique and specific – nothing she is willing to compromise.

Which leads me to my pitch about “custom searches” that real estate professionals can set up for you – to get truly customized home search results delivered to your e-mail in-box.

If you are searching from any real estate brokerage’s web site or the public MLS or realtor.com, you have probably already discovered the limitations of your search ability. Yes, you can search by price and zip code – even school district – but don’t you really have more specific search criteria?

You can’t search by lot size or a specific geographic area – the tool I love most about the custom searches available to Realtors. We can literally search from Lewis to Harvard, from 21st Street to 36th Street. If you don’t want to consider homes with the washing machine in the garage, you don’t have to – we can search for an inside utility also!

How Best to Search for Homes for Sale in Tulsa – get truly customized home search results delivered to your e-mail inbox!

Once your custom search is set up with all the parameters important to you, we set up a web portal to store your search results. From your web portal, you can view data on the property, photos and virtual tours.

There is a place for you to ask me questions, such as “how old is the roof,” or “how long has this property been on the market?” We can literally shop together on our computers and select homes that truly meet your needs.

Custom Home Search Results in your Web Portal

Note the highlighted area in the above image where I have written a note to my client about house #1 – she wants a sprinkler system and this house has one!

You can also categorize your search results as ‘favorites,’ ‘possibilities’ and ‘not considering.’ I encourage Buyers to move properties to the ‘not considering’ category if they truly dislike the appearance of the house – once moved to that category, you will not be notified of price reductions.

Each day as new listings come in, our MLS (multiple listing service) will compare the new listings to your individual search criteria. If it’s a match, it is added to your portal and you are notified by e-mail. The entire system is automated.

So, you can search comfortably from your home or office and get a feel for what’s available in your price range with your specific needs. Each morning as I enjoy my morning coffee, I check my clients’ portals to see if there are questions to be answered. Shop at your leisure until you have selected a few homes that you’d like to make appointments to see.

And, you’re not limited to one search. My client that is searching for the perfect condo is also looking at houses in the same geographic area, but only those with small lot sizes. She knows that she would wind up paying someone to mow her yard should she move into a house, so she doesn’t want a large lot.

Even if you are not ready to buy a house for several months, it’s good to start your search right away. As you see houses come and go from your search portal, you’ll get a good feel for how quickly they are selling – very helpful information when you ARE ready to get out and look.

And one quick note to Tulsa Home Sellers -- make sure your property is listed on MULTIPLE internet sites with multiple photos and a virtual tour. Buyers are shopping on the internet today, so you must make sure your home is prominently displayed!

Let me set up a custom search for you today! Lori Cain, e-mail: lcain@tulsarealtors.com, 918-852-5036. Web: www.LoriCain.com

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Please visit my web site if you are shopping for Tulsa homes for sale or call 918-852-5036 for more information about Midtown Tulsa Real Estate. In addition to my advanced grasp of the internet to market your Tulsa home for sale, I include a home staging consultation with every listing AND professional photography - at no aditional cost to you!

Lori is a residential Realtor with Chinowth & Cohen Realtors serving the greater Tulsa area and specializing in downtown Tulsa and midtown Tulsa real estate.

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