There’s the fear of missing out — FOMO, as they’re calling it these days — and then there’s actually missing out.
What’s the difference? Imagine you start craving something from your favorite bakery. Let’s just say it’s a red velvet cake pop. So you hustle down to the store and see the woman two spots ahead of you in line buy the last one.
That’s missing out.
FOMO, meanwhile, is the anxiety you felt the whole time, even if you’d gotten to the counter and learned they hadn’t made any cake pops in three weeks.
At Carter & Associates, we’ve seen missing out — actually missing out — too many times. It pains us, as a team of real estate professionals, to tell people who’ve scoped out a dream house that it’s already under contract, or that it has three bids over list price already. The quiet “oh,” that follows is heartbreaking to us.
If you need helping fighting FOMO, which finds its roots in general malaise, Time magazine offers some tips, along with an insightful quote from Erica Jong: “Jealousy is all the fun you think they had.”
And when it comes to home listings, we can help with the actual “missing out” part too.
Be in the know
What if you could be the first to know when that dream house is listed?
And if you think you are, because you’ve signed up for a web-based secondary shopping vendor like Zillow, or Trulia, or Redfin, you’re mistaken. You’re likely getting delayed information. Some Trulia users report delays of several days, and Zillow has a whole help page surrounding problems with listings not refreshing quickly enough. (In point of fact, Zillow bought Trulia a few years ago, so the product is largely the same.) As The Truth About Realty blog summed it up in an analysis of the three services, “Because they all receive data in different ways at different times, you may find lots of discrepancies, which can certainly be frustrating.”
But Carter & Associates offers a service that will push you real-time alerts for new listings based on your preferences.
You define the criteria that make a listing a potential dream home, with the help of our team. We ’ll create a custom search profile for you that informs you about matching listings as soon as they go up on the First Multiple Listing Service or FMLS. You’ll learn about the property as soon as Realtors do. You’ll literally learn about them as soon as they’re on the market.
In addition to speedier information, you’ll also be able to bypass giving your personal information to those impersonal third-party services like Redfin, Trulia, and Zillow.
And, best of all, you can try our service for free, with no obligation to either continue using it or to purchase a home that’s deemed as a match.
So if you’re looking for a house, there’s no excuse not to use this service to at least explore the freshest products on the market.
And in that way, Carter & Associates can help you combat both the fear of missing out and the crushing reality that you did miss out.
We can help you sleep at night under the roof of that dream house. And that helps us sleep at night, too.