How to Search for a St Louis House

When you’re starting off your house-hunting, where do you even start? Well, there’s a good way and a not so good way to search for a St Louis house. We’re here, of course, to tell you exactly how to search for a St Louis house – the BEST way.

There is a reason why sites like Zillow and other sites like that are the inferior way to look for a house. And that is simply because there is a faster and more accurate way to find St. Louis houses for sale on the real estate market.

Real estate agents all use something called the Multiple Listing Service or the MLS.

So, what happens is if I pick up a homeowner as a client, and put their home up on the market, I simply go into the MLS and put the property into the system.

So really, an easy way to think of it is that the MLS is the data source for the real estate market.


Zillow,, Trulia, and all the other sites out there all have Internet Data Exchange feeds setup with the MLS. The feed goes to the MLS, and picks up changes in the marketplace and updates their sites automatically.

The problem is that it’s not possible for the IDX feed to automatically update every time a change occurs in the market. So, depending on how often a site runs their IDX feed, the information could be very inaccurate and out of date.

I have seen houses that have sold several weeks ago still listed as for sale on these sites.
The smart homebuyer knows is that it’s incredibly important to have the most up to date and accurate information at your fingertips…and getting the first jump on a house that just hit the market today could be the difference between getting it under contract and missing out on yet another property.

The only way to be able to act fast and strike first is to go to the source of the information and get the properties directly from the MLS – which is something we setup with all of our clients.

THAT’s how to search for a St Louis house.

So searching for the perfect St. Louis house takes some work. We’ve told you how to search for a St Louis house, now let’s get started and do it! Give us a call today at 314-571-9225 and we can setup a custom search for homes in the St. Louis area just for you using the MLS. Let us help you find your dream home in St. Louis today!

By | 2017-12-05T08:24:33+00:00 July 29th, 2014|Categories: STL Real Estate Houses for sale st louis|