There are a few different places you can start looking for a home:
Other Realtor’s websites
Toronto MLS system (listings sent by a Realtor)
Collaborate – newest version of the Toronto MLS system
The Toronto MLS system is by far the most up to date and accurate source of information for homes. This is the system that feeds all the other sources. Only Realtors have access to MLS. We can, with your permission set you up to receive listings daily.
Collaborate is a new MLS system. Its greatest feature is the ability to be notified of listings the minute they are for sale on MLS. Which, in today’s market, is almost critical. It is not uncommon for properties to sell within the first day of them being put on MLS, and in some instances within a few hours so being able to have access to those new listings right away definitely provides a leg up. Similar to MLS, you need to be invited by a Realtor who is familiar with AND using Collaborate (not all Realtors are using this new system).
Realtor.ca – contrary to popular belief, realtor.ca is not the most comprehensive home searching website. In fact, many properties do not even get displayed on Realtor.ca due to seller marketing preferences or properties selling before the system has had time to be updated (there is often a 24-48 hour delay from when properties are posted to MLS and the feed is delivered to Realtor.ca).
Whether you are just in the ‘gathering information’ stage or ready to start looking seriously it is always to your advantage to be looking at the most up to date and accurate information. If you would like to receive some searches with no obligation email me. It’s a great way to understand what’s really happening in the market.