Bob Gilbert's Katy Blog: Home Buyers : Internet Use vs. In Person

Home Buyers : Internet Use vs. In Person

Home Buyers : Internet Use vs. In Person


Don’t believe everything you see or read on the internet. You’ve heard that one before I am sure. It’s great to start out by conducting research if you’re interested in buying a home, but I strongly advise you to be conscientious of the websites you use to do your browsing. As an Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) and professional Realtor, I can steer you in the right direction and better explain the online property portal process.


See the linked article shown below as it explains online web portals. I can design a custom home search which taps into HAR MLS data. This search will put all homes matching your criteria into your own web page and this can be accessed any time you want.


I look forward to working with you and hearing from you!


What Homebuyers Should Know About Online Property Portals by REBAC Staff. © 2016

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Comment balloon 16 commentsRobert Bob Gilbert • February 07 2017 08:36PM


I often have buyers send me homes that look amazing to them.

I send them back a street view of the neighborhood and share: drive by first, then fall in love. Photography and Internet info sometimes doesn't hold up when actually in the home. Do you get any trackable value out of being an ABR?

Posted by Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets, & Host of Postcards From Success Podcast (Big Block Realty 858.232.8722) about 3 years ago

Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS - Trackable value from ABR... NO.. It becomes more of an information source than one for obtaining potential customers. Thanks for your comment

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) about 3 years ago

All the resources Realtors® have are merely tools to aid us in the sale. Many times buyers and sellers base some or all of their info on websites that do not provide accurate information Robert Bob Gilbert 

Posted by Doug Dawes, Your Personal Realtor® (Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA) about 3 years ago


That this point there is still a real life real estate professional involved in the real estate transaction.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) about 3 years ago

Bob, I had talked to prospective sellers today. They told that they had their home listed with a broker, and the agent never went over ANYTHING with them. I just had to shake my head.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) about 3 years ago

Great point Bob. No matter how automated the world gets nothing will replace the human touch.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) about 3 years ago

I love the article. I have not linked to any ABR articles yet. Thanks for the inspiration.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 3 years ago

Good morning Bob.  There is still no substitute for that personal view of a home.  Pictures don't tell the whole story.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) about 3 years ago

Good morning Bob. What good information here. Thanks for your take today.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 3 years ago

I am sure that when people meet you in person, they know right away that they made a good choice!

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) about 3 years ago

This is very  good advice to share with prospective home buyers.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 3 years ago

Bob, I hear it a lot from buyers - love the home, and then when they actually see it, they also see what is around the home, and that does affect their decisions! 

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) about 3 years ago

Hi Bob, I think that is smart writing about the importance of getting face to face. Hope you are having a good week.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) about 3 years ago

Bob great advice to potential buyers the Z, T & R.coms on this world do not know the neighborhoods, you still need a local Realtor to show you around, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) about 3 years ago

This is great advice to buyers, and sellers, too. I don't know how many buyers I've worked with that find a home on z or t only to find out it's not on the market. I've seen these sites even have the wrong picture for a home. 

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) about 3 years ago

Great advice. Nothing beats knowledge of the community and knowledge of the neighborhoods and subdivisions. 

Posted by Foster Smith Summerville, Summerville & Charleston Homes for Sale SC Realtor (Carolina One Real Estate) about 3 years ago

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