Today most home buyers begin their search for a home in Vancouver on the Internet. That's a good idea – but only to give you an idea of what's out there.
The Internet can only give you information that the listing agent has provided, and the sad truth is that not all agents take the time and trouble to post good photographs and write full descriptions.
Some only post one photo – and that might have been taken from their car, with their cell phone. Some only give the bare facts about a house – such as the number of bedrooms and baths and the square footage. If there happens to be a special feature that you've been searching for, you'd never know it.
So beware. If you're a buyer and you limit your search to the homes that appeal to you online, you just might miss the house you'd love best.
Active agents have seen many if not most of the homes on the market and might be able to take you straight to the house you want. Your agent can also save you time by discouraging you from viewing homes that clearly aren't what you're looking for.
You can say it serves the agents right if their poorly presented listings don't sell. But don't penalize yourself and miss out on the Vancouver home of your dreams just because some agent didn't post good photographs and describe all the features. Instead, silently thank them for discouraging other buyers and leaving that house available for you.