Tuesday, February 24, 2009

SFopenhome.com: New Online Open House Search

The San Francisco Association of Realtors has launched a website, sfopenhome.com, that draws its Open Homes information directly from the MLS (Multiple Listing Service). Open home information in newspapers and their websites, as well as in specific realty company websites, typically are an additional step or expense that the Realtor must make to market a home to the public. Since sfopenhome.com pulls information directly from open house information that Realtors enter into the MLS listing information, the site has the opportunity to offer many more open house profiles than any newspaper or realty site can.

Sfopenhome.com operates on the same platform as the San Francisco MLS, which is simple once you understand San Francisco's real estate districts and sub-districts. The website offers a clean, consice map of the districts, and you can click through from a district to its sub-districts. From there you will have to go back to the main search page and enter the information you gleaned. The result is a complete summary list of properties with open houses within your parameters. You can select to see more details on each listing, and you will be shown the public MLS listing information.

There are some downsides: first, whether you are computer-savvy or not, the search fields are cumbersome and the set-up could be more efficient/user-friendly (but I also feel that way about the MLS platform). Secondly, if the Realtor never bothers to enter the open house details into his or her MLS listing, then that open house won't be pulled into the sfopenhome.com database. Overall, this is a good one-stop shop for the weekend open house warrior.

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Amy Blakeley, REALTOR®
McGuire Real Estate
ablakeley at mcguire.com