Since there’s no shortage in online tools for agents – but choosing the most useful ones is not always an easy task – here’s a great resource for your real estate needs: PropertyShark.com.
With a wide-ranging customer roster that includes agents from companies like Douglas Elliman, Stribling & Associates and The Corcoran Group, PropertyShark has positioned itself as a real estate data powerhouse due to the vast amount of property information it offers. While initially developed as a New York-centric service, PropertyShark has gradually expanded its coverage to the entire US, with a rapidly growing user base in states such as California, Massachusetts and Florida.
PropertyShark’s main purpose is that of easing the work of real estate agents throughout the US by providing access to complete and reliable property information – ranging from property characteristics (square footage, number of stories, year built, zoning, you name it) to sales and mortgage history, property taxes and even building photos.
In addition, it gives you both the name of the property owner and his or her contact details with phone number, where available. Tools are also provided for those who want to dig up more information on the owner of a property – giving pointers on how to identify the name of the owner (or his/her representative) even when hidden behind an LLC. Find all this information and more in each property’s report!
Tip: To add the ‘wow’ factor, print a property report with your name and photo or company logo on it! Through its branded reports feature, PropertyShark allows agents to add a customized header to any property report, so that when you present it to clients, they will naturally assume that you have invested a great deal of time and effort into preparing such an elaborate report.
And since they have all this ownership information, why not offer a lead generation tool to go with it? PropertyShark’s Leads section can help you boost your direct mail efforts with relevant mailing lists and ready-to-download mailing labels – with owners’ name and addresses. If you’re a residential broker looking for potential home sellers, you’re going to love this feature!
Let’s say you’re interested in finding single family homes that have been sold quite a few years ago and that might be headed back on the market sometime soon. Simply insert your criteria and build a list – complete with owner’s names and contact details. Download the list and start contacting potential clients.
A nicely put-together comparables tool will help out with the property estimation process. Their comps section allows you to narrow down your search for recently sold properties in a certain area by applying a wide array of filters meant to help you choose only the most relevant properties – returning a much more accurate result than many other websites do.
If you have not yet had the chance to check out PropertyShark data and services, why not take it for a spin? Setting up a free PropertyShark account only takes a couple of minutes. But if you’d prefer reading some extra reviews beforehand, check out what other real estate professionals had to say:
“PropertyShark is an indispensable tool that helps us perform our due diligence efficiently and effectively when we are helping our development clients understand an acquisition opportunity. We also use PropertyShark to reach out to prospective townhome clients using the mailing list feature. It is a great custom solution that fits well with our personal brand of service.” – Donald Brennan, Principal and Licensed Broker for Brennan Realty Services
“PropertyShark has helped me in evaluating and collecting property information around the tri-state area. It has enabled me to find property history, comparables and ownership information, as well as many other types of real estate information that would normally take days to research through other services. PropertyShark is a one-stop real estate online search engine. No other online real estate service comes close.” – Robert S. Klein, Senior Director for Kalmon Dolgin Affiliates, Inc.
Have you used PropertyShark to help a client (or yourself) before?
Disclaimer: Both PropertyShark and Point2 are part of the Yardi family of companies.