How to Search for Vancouver MLS® Listings & Home For Sale?

happy home buyers searching for home for salePreviously in another article we discussed the real estate buyers 4 stages of shopping behavior.
At the stage of Purchase Activity, a buyer must actively search and locate for their desired home. But what to look for a home for sale and what platform to use?

As cliché as it sounds, as any buyer starts to think about relocation and purchase their first stage is to talk to their financial planner and mortgage specialist. This will give them a limit of what they should be after.
Based on the affordability limit, a buyer can assign a type of home and their criteria preference. This includes any must-haves and deal breakers.

Ok! Now we know what a buyer can pay and what it is they are after, so how do we find them that specific condo or a house for sale?
There are few methods suitable for every situation.
- MLS® auto search
This is one of the best way to access the focused search homes by the buyer’s Vancouver Realtor. He or she can set the buyer to receive daily or weekly update, depending on the urgency of what exactly they have assigned as their wish-list and wants. The buyer receives this link atomically and directly from MLS® listing platform as soon as a property for sale that matches their criteria gets listed.
In certain instances, some criteria can be tricky to assign as they might relate to strata restriction. This information sometimes is not obvious and not clearly stated in the listings detail. So the Realtor, goes the extra mile and hand picks the daily new listings for their buyer clients and forward it via email.

- REALTOR®’s website
As the technology improves and regulation changes on how to spread the real estate data on internet, many real estate buyers easily can access their own Realtor’s website and search for home and properties for sale.
The MLS® system for any local board has authorized all the listings which assigned to reciprocity, can be distribute to data to all other platforms and websites which are authorized to display the local real estate board listings. This is easy and perfect for any buyers to access the home for sales as early as possible of their input on MLS®.
To reference, here is my own site as Vancouver Realtor to search for homes and condos for sale: 
www.axelziba.realtor

- Other platforms
There are many sophisticated platform and websites that offer access to search for data and homes for sales in Vancouver. This sites also are fully authorized by the local board to display these listings based on the reciprocity. As an example www.Realtor.ca and or www.rew.ca are two forefront of technology, where Realtor.ca is actually owned and controlled by CREA (Canadian Real Estate Association) and controlled by (BCREA (British Columbia Real Estate Association). And Realtors pay for its services.
It is important to know that purchasing a home is not only searching for a home. Many assume a Realtor job is to only search for homes and be a taxi driver, driving buyers around to see those homes for sale. This is a part of the career where a Realtor offers additional services and the actual duty of a Realtor is to do the research, provides comparable sales, history, property information, city planning, zoning, permits, potentials, future developments, title reviews, strata documents reviews, creating options, negotiation, contract preparation, inspection, review of taxes, and having all these due diligences reviewed and advised by a legal adviser. These are just a few responsibilities of a Realtor to act at their client’s best interest.