Yes, but be careful because some websites require that you give your name, address, and phone number before they will show you anything. These websites have become nothing more than a way to get your personal information so that some salesperson can telephone you. That is a real shame because the majority of people who are looking at homes for sale on the Internet do so because they do not want to be bothered by a sales pitch.
You can still look at homes in a particular area without identifying yourself if, instead of searching by the real estate agent, you do a Google or Yahoo search on the city and state you are interested in plus the words “real estate.” Be diligent, because for every one site that requires your personal information in order to contact you, there are at least two other sites that let you view homes for sale without providing any information.
The majority of individual real estate offices and real estate agents have a website. Sometimes that website is only a part of the bigger website for the national real estate company that owns the office. If you find a home that you are interested in you will probably be able to find more information about that home on the website of the real estate agent who is listing the property.
Thumbs up to the majority of professional real estate agents nationwide who have active websites. The vast majority allows anyone to view homes for sale without asking for contact information. These websites usually also have information about the home buying process, lending, and helpful information about the towns that the agents work in.
Thumbs down to the real estate websites, many of which advertise on TV, which require the viewer’s name, address, phone number, and information on what type of home he or she is looking for, before showing even one property online. While this is done allegedly to help the potential buyer by providing future personalized contact, it is impossible for a potential buyer to decide if he or she even wants more personalized contact with these firms before seeing what they have to offer. Notice to these websites, if a home buyer decides to work with you, it will not be because you forced them to give you personal information.