Home shopping is a lot easier than it used to be. Can you imagine asking your Realtor to look through a book with black and white listings to see a picture of a home that might meet your criteria?

Now, you can do it yourself if you choose. Home shopping online is something many people enjoy doing, just because you can do it with some privacy and at your own leisure. Some people start looking a year or more ahead of time!

You can use sites like Realtor.com, Zillow or Trulia (keep in mind these sites are not what they seem), use the MLS or a Realtor provided portal, or just an IDX page that a Realtor has. It's easy to save listings, rate them, etc. and share that with your Realtor.

It's very enjoyable for us to discuss listings with people because it really opens up options and causes creative thinking. It's more productive when all sides can see the information and pictures when discussing how to proceed with showings. It's just like planning a trip.