Now that you have chosen us as your Realtor, selected a mortgage lender, have a prequalification letter in hand, and a purchase price you are financially comfortable with, you are ready to start looking for your next home. Keep in mind that according the National Association of Realtors, it takes an average of 10 plus showings before you find your first home.
As your Realtor, we will set you up on an automatic search via the Alaska Multiple Listing System (AK MLS). This means that you’ll be emailed a list of all new properties matching your home search criteria that we discussed after our first meeting or price reductions that now put a property in your budget. We can set this up so that you are emailed weekly, daily, or even with each new property. If you’re in a tight market, where great properties sell in a matter of days, it is an advantage to be able to get in and to see a property within a day or two of it going on the market. In the end, using this service versus searching online at Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, etc. will save you a lot of time.
The AK MLS system is where Alaska real estate licensees are required to input properties and manage their status (coming soon, pending, expired, withdrawn, etc.). While listings here may not be as visually pleasing or well-organized as on other sites, the AK MLS is the primary resource of accurate and real-time real estate data. Online real estate searches derive their information from this data and as a secondary or even tertiary source often the data becomes unreliable and outdated. Please be sure to cross-check your findings with www.alaskarealestate.com should you use other online services.
Once we have set you up on AK MLS, you will begin getting emails which you should check regularly and read immediately. These should now be considered your primary search tool.
During the spring and summer, great properties sell in 3-4 days so it’s important that you review the AK MLS email daily.
You can approve delete, star, and send comments or questions on each property which we will monitor.
If there’s something you want to see immediately, please text or email us rather than waiting for us to contact you. Be sure to include the property AK MLS # or address and when you’re available.
Properties are usually available to be seen Mon-Fri from 9 am-7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10 am-6:30 pm.
Some properties require 24-48 hours notice for showings and we may not be able to do same day showings.
We'll set up the showings and email you where we are meeting and when.
At this point there should be no need for you to continue to look on other sites such as Zillow, Trulia, etc. as all of those properties should be showing up in your MLS feed. If one isn’t showing up, please let us know and we will modify the search parameters of your AK MLS feed.