Changing Times (May 21, 2016)

    By Katie Pocras, Nebraska Home Sales Realtor

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    “The new phone books are here! The new phone books are here!” as Steve Martin said in the movie, The JerkIndeed, the new phone book showed up at my house recently. I unwrapped it and put it on the table. My teenage son said, “What’s that?” I said, “It’s a phone book.” He started thumbing through it, “How does this work?” “Really,” I said, “You haven’t looked at a phone book?” “No, but I’ve sat on one.” I explained to him how the phone book worked, and then he said, “Why is this useful?” Gosh, times have changed.

    Searching for a home has changed too. Years ago the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) published a book every two weeks. All the homes listed for sale were in the book, unless they had sold after the book had gone to press. Getting timely information was very difficult and frustrating.

    Now, most people look for homes online. You can tell a lot about a home online, but not everything. For example, I was speaking to one of my buyers recently. He was out of town and looking online. He rejected any home on a golf course. Why? Because of errant balls and golfers, and broken windows. “All true points,” I told him, “But let’s go look anyway, and figure out where the house sits on the hole, and the set back from the course. That can make a difference.”

    I think the best way to start your home search is to work with a Nebraska Home Sales Realtor and let one of us put you on an automated computer search. It’s simple. We put your wish list into the computer and out come homes, emailed to you. Then you don’t have to search multiple websites. Plus, if a new home comes on the market that meets your criteria, you’re notified via email right away. And in today’s seller’s market, you need to see the home before it’s gone.

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