USUALLY the homes that are listed online or in those free magazines in the supermarket have problems associated with them...and they have therefore been on the market long enough to make it to print! The "problems" could be: location, structural, priced too high, needs lots of work--ie: atrocious wallpaper in every room, crappy paneling/tiling/flooring, doesn't fit the neighborhood, no driveway/parking, yard/land/lot is too small, no central AC, etc.
HOWEVER, because the house has been listed for so long (6+ months), the sellers are more likely desperate to unload, and will be more likely to negotiate a better (lower) price! We bought our first home this way--house was 13 years old, large lot, no landscaping or upgrades, and original flat paint throughout! We got the owners to take $55k off the asking price--which we spent in upgrades!
GREAT houses sell quickly...your Realtor will have exclusive "just listed" properties!
at 10:11 AM on Jul. 19, 2010