All the other cool kids were doing it, and since Google DOES do lots of things better than their competition, many Realtors in San Francisco and well beyond wondered if this would impact the way buyers searched for properties online.
I, for one, actually rooted for the G-team in the hopes that the various MLS agencies throughout the country would go the way of the dinosaur and that the public would have access to the same listings as Realtors, but at their speed, on their terms and at their leisure.
But as of February (or at least according to the internet gossip), Google will be bowing out of the real estate search game.
Home buyers in some locations will be left high and dry, or relying strictly on emails from their real estate agents (that hopefully are providing them with access to ALL available listings) to search from their dream home.
But here, in San Francisco, you can count on me to get you the real estate listings you crave!
There is a small catch – you DO need to sign up for an account (hey, these are the SF MLS’s rules, NOT mine!!!), but as soon as you sign up, you can start searching MLS listings all day, every day. You don’t even need to get out of your PJ’s if you don’t feel like it.
So WHERE, you ask? WHERE do you get this full-blown access to all the listings in San Francisco?
Yes, you too can have 100% access to the listings on the MLS, even without the help of Google.
And you want one more insider tip???
Not ALL listings are on the MLS! For a variety of reasons, some agents need to keep a listing in their pocket (that is, NOT public) … and more and more of those listings are showing up on the quickly growing PocketListings.net website. You won’t be able to see addresses, but your agent can. And if that agent is me (and hopefully it is!), give me a shout on the ‘ole tellie, or shoot me an email and I’ll make sure to help you get the keys out of the listing agents’ pocket and into yours!
Either way, even without Google, if you’re in the San Francisco area and searching for a home, you have plenty of tools. Happy hunting, and I look forward to hearing from you!