by Kevin Lapp
on Friday, January 1st, 2016 at 8:48am.
Theres no denying that buying a house is simultaneously one of the biggest decisions and most stressful processes we may ever put ourselves through. From first identifying the ideal property right through to the final completion, it can seem like each hurdle is just put there to test you.
Thankfully, help is at hand in the form of your real estate agent. However, while they are there to help guide you through every step, there is another way you can help yourself to find your perfect home right off the bat.
Publicly accessible Multiple Listing Service or MLS documents contain much of the information you need when comparing potential new homes, covering everything from the type of foundation to the age of the roof.
While that level of detail is not necessary for most preliminary searches, scanning MLS listings for the information that is important can be one of the most useful ways of identifying a potential new home.
Everyones needs are different, but here are three examples of what you may learn from the MLS listings.
Cool for school
With many young families migrating to Central Alberta cities and towns, considerations regarding the local schools are becoming increasingly important in the decision to buy homes in the area.
Listings usually include which school districts the property falls into, allowing parents ample time to check for themselves the standards of the local education services.
Even for individuals or couples who do not yet have children, homes are usually long time commitments. If there is any possibility of having children in the future, it may still be wise to know about the local schools to decide whether they are suitable for the family.
Lost in space
One of the biggest selling points of a property is how much brick the buyer gets for his buck. This includes both the house and the land outside. Handily, all this information can be found on MLS documents.
The size of a property is often represented by two values: floor area and number of rooms. When looking at MLS listings, the number of bedrooms will always be shown, as will the number of bathrooms.
While having a lot of extra space may seem like a nice problem to have, there are numerous pros and cons to consider when buying a larger home. Although they provide plenty of room for a large or growing family, the extra cleaning, maintenance, heating and cooling may render it more trouble than its worth.
MLS listings provide a nice guide to just how much space there will be in your potential new home.
The specifics of MLS
When searching for new homes, many people have certain features more specific than the size or number of rooms in mind.
Thankfully, whether its a gas or wood fireplace, a swimming pool or deck, or even how well equipped the kitchen is, any information required about the property can be found on the MLS listings.
Its even possible to search MLS listings by keywords, showing only those that have the desired features, further saving time and effort on your part or that of your real estate agent.
Finding and purchasing the ideal property for your new home can be stressful, and anything that reduces that stress is an invaluable tool. By allowing home buyers to search by aspects important to them, be they the school district, number of bathrooms, or even the range of appliances in the kitchen, MLS listings are helping to make the process that little bit simpler.