Data home buyers and home sellers get online from some of the major real estate sites may be inaccurate, irrelevant or out-of-date. A local agent working in your area of interest can provide 'feet on the ground' information data along with statistics from the local multiple listing services.
Here's an example - one of the sites, and I'm not naming names, tells me in an email this morning that 1. the median price for homes in Montclair is $330,000. My data tells me $549,000. 2. the average price for homes in Montclair is $651,000, my data tells me $729,000. Sale comp - the same site tells me there were 3 solds in a period where the actuality as 49. Do buyers and sellers care about this? You bet they do.
If you want real time data on real estate market activity based on your interests, contact me or my team members (TheGillHomeTeam.com) for information on the free tools offered by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices including sold data, and drive-times. email@example.com, 201-323-1399 cell