Rebecca Richards •
Rebecca Richards

Where Do I Search for Homes Online?

Rebecca Richards homes for sale in Middle tennesseeThere are so many options when it comes to searching for homes online in middle Tennessee, it can be bewildering.  When you are beginning your search it is important to know about accuracy and quality when it comes to finding your next home.

First, a little about the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).  Most, but not all, real estate agents in our area belong to RealTracs. This MLS extends from Carroll County in the west to Fentress and Cumberland Counties in the east. The MLS is how almost all buyers and real estate agents find out about new listings. When you are selling your home you absolutely want to be listed on the MLS.

Consumers can search for homes directly from our MLS at This gives you the most up-to-date info on homes for sale in our area. To make this data available in as many places as possible, the MLS “syndicates” the info to many other places around the Internet.

For starters, you can search right here on my web site: gets updates multiple times a day from RealTracs. You can also register using your email address to save favorite listings, searches, and get the latest alerts.

The National Association of Realtors’ web site,, gets updated data from the MLS every fifteen minutes, providing accurate information in an easy-to-use format.

You’ll find this same real estate data on many other sites such as Trulia, Zillow, and Movoto. Please be aware that these sites will not be updated as frequently and may have out-of-date information. Also, you must read your search results carefully as some will present homes that are not actually on the market. For the best and most accurate results, stick with and Realtor. com.

While I encourage anyone looking for a home to use these online tools your best results will come by allowing me to assist. By meeting with me and discussing your goals and preferences I can design  a custom search of MLS data to email you listings as soon as they appear on the market. I can also let you know about many homes before they are even put up for sale. Perhaps most importantly, I can help you prepare so when your dream home becomes available you can immediately make an offer and not let the opportunity slip away.

Contact me today via email or call 615-504-7425 to get your search started.