One way is to drive around the area and find “for sale” signs. If you are interested in that property, then contact the real estate agent listed on the sign. Or, if you already have a buyer’s agent working for you, inform your agent that you want to see inside the house. With the price of gas you may not want to just drive aimlessly for hours, so prepare for your field trip by selecting a few streets or limit your time. While you are in the area look for places that you will frequent if you move there, such as the grocery store, the gas station, the drugstore, and other places that fit your lifestyle.
Another way look at houses on the market is to use the newspaper. The local paper and the nearest major city paper are the best bets. These publications usually list homes for sale as they come on the market. You can also see ads for new developments here.
There are other newspaper-like publications that list homes for sale. You will find these free publications at the entrance of most food stores. These publications are magazine size, printed on newsprint paper and only list homes and property for sale. As a free publication, this is a real value. Some contain articles on home buying, mortgages, and other relevant issues to the home buyer. If you are not sure about home prices in an area, these publications can help you determine the average price of homes there. They are a must-have for anyone even remotely interested in buying a home.
We will talk about looking at homes for sale on the Internet later. Of course the absolutely best way to know what is on the market is to have your real estate agent do the work for you. A real estate agent can go through all the homes on the market and pick those that meet your needs. The agent can then select from that group those homes which are best suited for your needs. This is where real estate agents shine. They can do the tedious leg work for you and save you a tremendous amount of time.