The big 5 Real Estate Search companies are country wide – a couple of them only populate with listings that are uploaded by Real Estate Agents. So the data might be able to be skewed.
Another thing that I would point out has to do with your personal information. When I am searching for a product or something that is non real estate (we have Real Estate covered 🙂 ), from time to time I will be asked for my personal information in some way, shape or form. Because I think that is the only way I am going to get the information which I seek – I enter my info.
Fast Forward a few hours or days – I start getting emails from some odd sources. Some tell me that I am a distant relative of someone that died in a far off country and they have left a huge sum of money. All I need to do is claim it. I need to send some $$$ and all of my personal information to verify that I am indeed related. Be CAREFUL…
Speaking of Search – Here is a new Google Presentation we have put together – with the Hyperlinks that are clickable – BE Safe and thanks.