Top 5 Reasons To Use The Best Portland Home Search Program

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Are you looking for a home in Portland this year? Did you know that we have our own real estate search tool that outshines the big guys’ at Zillow, Trulia and the rest? Here are the top five reasons you can’t afford not to use

5. It’s updated every 30 minutes.
There is only one primary source of information about property listings in any real estate market: The real estate agents themselves. After signing a listing agreement with a client, they quickly go to the Multiple Listing Service, a database only licensed real estate agents have all the access to, and enter the information.

From there, corporate sites like Zillow, Trulia and Redfin copy the information and make it available through their own search tools. The hitch is that those websites often only update their information from the MLS every 1-4 days!

Because gets its information directly from the MLS (in other words, direct from real estate agents) and is updated every 30 minutes, you don’t have to risk trying to look at a property that is no longer on the market, and price information will always be the most current available.

4. Save and share your favorites.
Signing up to save your searches couldn’t be easier on If you have a Facebook account, all it takes is one click (or if you don’t it only takes a few quick clicks). From there, you can bookmark favorite listings and custom searches. This is the single most important thing you can do to stay ahead of the fast-moving Portland real estate market. With search results delivered to your email weekly, daily, or as soon as they become available (you can choose), you’ll always have this information at your fingertips.

When you’re viewing the listing, just find the white heart in the grey triangle in the upper-right hand corner of the page. It will turn red when you hover your mouse over; click it to save the listing to your favorites. You can also share it by using the button below the red “Request Showing” box.

3. Easy-to-use map feature

Some real estate search engines make you scroll through pages of pictures and information about listings, and it’s impossible to get an overall view of what’s out there.

The map on is simply beautiful. First off, you can view it any time by clicking the “Map” button just below the search bar. This will bring up a map of all the listings that meet your search criteria. Pan with your mouse, and use the + and – buttons to zoom in and out. Click on any listing to view more details. It’s that simple!

2. Search by school, neighborhood, keyword, etc.
Have you ever wished you could just search for homes in the school district you want? What about specific Portland neighborhoods? This tool lets you do it! The keyword feature is also very useful — for example, if you’re looking for a home with a pool, just type it in and bam! Pools only.

1. It’s 100% local.
We said it before, but we’ll say it again – our connection to the MLS, called RMLS here in Portland, really is the top reason you should be using We harvest all of that fresh, local MLS data, clean it up so that it’s usable, and deliver it fresh to your plate. That means all of the information is more accurate than what you’ll find on Zillow or other national real estate search websites. And, it’s not just for Portland! Check out listings across Oregon and Washington. You’ll never miss a thing, go click around today, sign up for an account, and be ready to find the home of your dreams!

February 6, 2017

Stephen FitzMaurice

Stephen FitzMaurice, Realtor is a top 5% real estate agent in the U.S. A Principal Broker in Oregon, Managing Broker in Washington, he has been licensed since 2003 for residential real estate sales. Call his team in Oregon at 503-714-1111 or in Washington at 360-345-3833.

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