How can I be automatically notified of new PEI Real Estate listings that meet my search criteria before they hit MLS or REALTOR.CA? (…and not be contacted by an Agent…)
Wouldn’t be great if you were looking to buy, sell, or just interested in Real Estate in Prince Edward Island Canada, and before the property was listed on the public’s version of the MLS, you would be notified via e-mail? Well, now you can – the second the listing goes on the Agent’s and Broker’s version of the MLS.
Allow me to clarify: There are basically two MLS systems in PEI;
- The MLS system that the agents and brokers use internally is called Paragon.
- The MLS you are probably familiar with, ran by CREA, is called REALTOR.CA.
Here is the interesting difference:
The one the agents use is in real-time, and REALTOR.CA is not. The data from PAragon is uploaded to REALTOR.CA and hundreds of other websites at times through what is called DDF (and other methods). This happens many times per day.
Here is how you can get the inside track, and receive access to real-time MLS data the second it is posted on the Agent’s and Broker’s MLS (Multiple Listing Service):
Contact your PEI Real Estate Agent and give him or her your search criteria including the following:
- Price range (low and high – Canadian dollars please),
- Number of bedrooms,
- Square feet,
- Age of house (if a house),
- Size of Land (in acres),
- Location of a radius from a centre (city, town, landmark, or address),
- Type of property (land, house, business, cottage, commercial, hotel, motel, or otherwise),
- Year round or seasonal use,
- Clay road (yes/no)?
- Preferred style of house (again if a house),
The trick is to be specific enough that you are not going to get inundated with thousands of listings. Once this information is sent to your PEI REALTOR, you can expect the information instantly. You will receive every listing that meets your criteria from every agent and broker on the Island. There is no need to contact more than one agent or broker. Isn’t that amazing?
You may also discontinue the e-mails at any time with the click of a mouse, and you will never be contacted by your Agent if you provide those instructions.
Additionally, some agents will have mailing lists for preferred clients that may give them a heads up before the property for sale is even listed. Ask to join this list as well.
When you receive the listings, flag the ones that are favorites, and thumbs down the ones you don’t like.
One thing to keep in mind is; the search will automatically expire after 6 months. So mark that date on your calendar, and make sure your agent manually renews your search.
Enjoy, and happy house hunting.