As the old saying goes, the early bird gets the worm. But if you are a consumer using one of the national real estate sites like Zillow, Trulia, Homes.com, Redfin or Realtor.com to find a home, not only are you missing out on a gourmet breakfast, you are actually paying through the nose to go hungry!
As agents, we get requests all the time to "check out" properties that prospective clients have found on one or all of the sites above. They have just spent hours upon hours perusing the web looking for the right deal.
What the average buyer fails to realize is that these 3rd party national sites only get updated every five to seven days!
This means that even in a "buyer's market," by the time the best deals are listed on the national sites, they…