My husband and I are currently in the process of looking for our first home. Having been apartment dwellers for the first three years of marriage, this is a huge undertaking and not one we are taking lightly.
I am an avid researcher and advice seeker, so I know MLSLI and Zillow inside and out. We started out with a broad search, not really knowing where we wanted to lay down roots, or what type of house and have slowly but surely narrowed our search.
That to me is the fun part, the searching and dreaming of our home and the future we'll build there.
The not so fun part?
Dealing with the realtors.
MLSLI has a feature that allows you to email the realtor to ask questions or set up an appointment.
I make it a point to write in the email that email is the best way to reach me; something they all tend to ignore.
The other thing they don't seem to tak into account is the fact that I am not just looking at one home. So when they call me 3 weeks after I've sent the email, telling me that I inquired about a home in whatever town it was, I've forgotten and am now annoyed because:
A) They didn't even bother to read past my phone number
B) It's taken them 3 weeks to get back to me, in which case I've already assumed that the home is probably unavailable and moved on in my search.
C) They're so vague about which home they're calling about that I have no idea. As if they assume that the home they are selling is THE ONLY HOME I WANT!
Which is not the case.
Also, when I finally set up an appointment to see the home they hardly ever have answers to basic questions other than what I have already read myself in my research. Which they repeat over, and over, and over again. I got it, you can read ... Guess what? So can I!
So the house search continues and my urge to just be able to add a house to an online shopping cart and check out through PayPal grows stronger.