Best Websites for Florida Keys Real Estate
When buying real estate in the Florida Keys, finding a house can be an overwhelming task. Many people start their search on the internet. This is a great place to begin. There are several websites that are very popular on the internet for house hunting. Zillow.com is the number one internet property searched site. It offers a wide range of search functions and filters so that one can browse by price and location. Trulia.com is also a popular site that has the same basic search functions but also offers local information about an area linking to sites such as Yelp. Both sites offer mortgage calculators to help determine the price range of a house one can afford to buy. They offer property comparisons, “zestimates”. They give a general overview of an area and the homes available for sale. These sites pull from the MLS (multiple listing service) of an area. They are not specific to the Florida Keys real estate. They are automated imports of sales information. I agree that these sites are both a great place to gain an overview, but not the best real estate “buying tool”.
Because the Florida Keys real estate is unique, not a typical real estate purchase. I recommend working with a local Florida Keys real estate website. This brings you right to the live source, the Florida Keys board of real estate’s actual MLS system. This information is accurate, and detailed and up to date. They are monitored by the individual listing real estate agent. They offer the same basic search function and filters and so much more. The local Florida Keys MLS system offers added search options for waterfrontage, waterfront views and access, types of building construction, communities, boat dockage and even bay side verses ocean side.
Conchland.com breaks now the available real estate by island. It is driven by local knowledge. It is linked to the actual Florida Keys MLS system, offering maps and property details. It has every property that is for sale in the MLS. No bias is given to a particular property. It offers a personal custom search system, which sends out emails when a new listing comes onto the market that meets the search criteria.
The best combination for finding real estate in the Florida Keys is one with a savvy internet buyer working with a knowledgeable local Florida Keys real estate agent.