What is the difference between a job search and a home search?

Having owned my own search firm for 20 years before entering the world of real estate, I started to analyze how the two fields are similar and where the differences are. Each has experienced similar challenges with the advent of modern technology and the Internet.
But, each has taken a different direction in terms of helping people!

In the “old days”, both recruiters and real estate agents would sit down and discuss the needs of the client/candidate or seller/buyer.  We would use personal networks, newspapers (dinosaurs), and people on our rolodex to see who was available!

From the job search side, a client would want the absolute best candidate for the least amount they had to spend.  Similarly, a
buyer wants the absolute best house/condo or co-op for the least amount of money!  The candidate, on the other hand wanted to find  the best job for the best salary; while the seller just wants to find a qualified buyer who will pay the most!

We were trusted advisers who spoke with our clients, candidates, sellers or buyers on a regular basis. It was a partnership to a successful transaction.  

THEN, the internet started to take over our personal responsibilities, making jobs and home sales available for the general public. Instead of simplifying the process, it has slowly made it more complicated. But, this is where your personal real estate agent has an advantage over your search firms consultant.  How so?

Job Search:  With all of the various job boards including the “catchall” sites like or
which accumulate ads through corporations, agencies and all of
those generic job boards like or or , candidates are left to send their resumes into what most think are “black holes”.  For job search candidates, many companies have decided they rather weed through resumes through these ads than use search firms. Where search firms were able to evaluate personal attributes, companies have opted to use keyword searches to find their employees.  The “person” is missing in the “personnel” searches!  Unfortunately, candidates looking to be represented by a search firm are limited to just the positions that firm may have and thus may have to use numerous firms to represent them.  Many of my candidates who were great “people” but may have had a slightly jumpy background were lost in the world of internet searching.
Real Estate:                           
Now, we know that most buyers and even sellers go to the internet to do their research on how much houses are being sold in their neighborhood,  or looking for homes in the areas they want to buy.
However, for those who go to the real estate general sites like Zillow, Trulio, Redfin,, and others are sometimes disappointed when they contact the real estate firm to find out that the house was already sold house, it has been on the market over 2 years (red flag), has incorrect pricing or tax information.  

But, unlike a job search, a home seller or buyer has the big advantage of being able to work with ONE (1), real estate agent who has access to the MLS system, which is the most accurate and real time system on the internet.  Signing up for a Listingbook Account, my buyers and sellers can search the MLS like a real estate agent, setting their own parameters and getting updates whenever they log in. A Morning Report shows all new listings available. For buyers, this is gives live updates of properties available. For sellers, it shows what comparable homes are selling for in their neighborhood.

Feel free to sign up for a ListingBook account and see how easy it is to explore Westchester County properties. Or, visit my personal page on our new improved website you are visiting. Either way, I’m here to answer all your real estate questions. No question is too small!

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Phone: 914-804-3048
Dated: March 6th 2012
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About Thomas: I got into real estate sales by accident in 2006. At the time, I recently earned a Bachelor's Degre...

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