What do you look for in Mexico MLS listings when you search for a property? Prices? Descriptions? You may be unaware that there are many more features in good MLS listings that can help make your property search in Mexico over the internet much more productive. Consider the following features.
Thorough – It’s important that the listings that you’re searching have a thorough and good representation of the property styles and numbers available so you can get a good feel for what’s out there, and begin to make your picks. It’s also important that the properties are quality properties so you don’t waste your time making plans to visit properties in another country that simply wouldn’t be suitable for an expat buyer. Both of these points suggest listings prepared by top professionals working directly in the field. Of course, it’s important to remember that this is relative to the area/type; don’t reject MLS listings because they only have a few options for land in Cancun – a type where there are very few options.
Search & Sort Options – Once you have found a thorough listing, it’s important that they are sorted in a usable order – usually least expensive to most expensive. It’s also good to have the option to change the order. A good search option is also important so you can narrow the listings to your price range, the location you are interested in and the property type most suitable to you.
Good Gallery – One photo of the living room won’t really help you decide if the home is suitable for your needs or not. Most properties in a good listing should have a good gallery to give you a feel for what the property is all about.
Detailed Description – You don’t need a novel, but a simple “Great deal!” also doesn’t mean anything without a few details such as size, specific location number of rooms, etc.
Maps – The leading MLS listing sites for Mexico will now include Google maps so you can see the location of the property, zoom in, change between map and satellite, etc. You can also move the map around so you can take a look at what else is close.
Google Street View – Some of the more advanced sites will include the option to see the Street View, connected with the Google map so you can take a virtual walk-through of the surrounding neighborhood. This helps you a great deal in getting a feel for the area even before making a trip to Mexico. Street view now covers all major cities (Mexico City, Guadalajara) plus all major tourist destinations (Playa del Carmen, Puerto Vallarta, etc.)
Videos – While this certainly won’t be available for all listings, spotlight listings should include a video tour, again giving you a better idea of what the property looks and feels like in reality.
E-mail Notifications – Some listings will include additional tools such as e-mail notifications for new properties that match your criteria. This makes it easier for you to compare and search without having to go back through all the listings every time.
Price Reductions – Besides just noting price reductions, it’s very helpful to have a separate area where you can review all price reductions. Combined with e-mail notifications, this means you can be the first to find out about the best deals available.
Of course, there’s no problem browsing less-than-ideal listings, but you’ll find that your preliminary MLS search for Mexico real estate will be much more productive if you have the above tools to work with.