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as a noob starting out, I visit many open houses to both meet potential brokers and to get an idea of what to expect at a certain price range.
As a tech geek though, I'm curious, do brokers withhold listings online for whatever reason? Say, in order to favor clients with whom they have a relationship with. Would there be a reason not to have a listing return through this site or the company's own website?
I'm certain if you've developed a relationship with a broker, and s/he knows of something new that would interest you, you might get a jump on a viewing -- simply because of the delay from paperwork or bureaucracy involved in getting a listing. But would you get listings that you might never have heard of if you didnt work closely with someone?
As a broker, I can tell you this much...
Looking at ads online can be a waste of time. The best places are found from going out, pounding the pavement. Even when I am out with clients, a super or landlord may mention to me "oh I just found out about this new listing/apartment/tenant leaving".
To wait for a nice set of hi-def pictures, floor plan and such in some slick ad with a bunch of broker babble usually means you are now calling on something that just rented to a go getter.
Great ads online are just that, ads.
Great apartments rent daily and by the hour when priced right.