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What About Shopping for Homes on the Internet

home-shopping-onlineYou can begin your search without leaving the comfort of your current home. By reviewing listings online, you can decide which houses are worth visiting. Many listings have numerous pictures and some even have 360° panoramic images.

A tip: Using the Internet to build a list of homes to look at is smart, but don't purchase a home without actually checking it out in person. If you must make an offer before you can look at it, be sure that the offer contains a contingency clause that allows you to change your mind after you've seen the house.

Start with the Hampton Roads MLS which is the Multiple Listing Service for Southeastern Virginia.

You can also check out your local newspaper ads online. These ads can lead you to the website of the listing firm or agent.

If you are looking for a home in another area of the country, here are three national sites to get you started.

  • Realtor.com is the official site of the National Association of REALTORS®.
  • Homes.com
  • zillow.com is a site that allows you to "cruise" over an aerial map and pops up information, such as any property's tax assessment value, recent sales in the area, and current sales listings.

A tip: These sites want you to use them not only for finding a home; they want to be your one-stop shop for a mortgage, insurance, moving, and anything else related to buying a home. Make sure you do you homework properly before using any of these services.