Area house hunters can start on Internet
House hunting in the Baltimore region can now start at home on the Internet, multiple-listing service officials said yesterday.
Consumers can search the Internet for portions of the electronic database of homes for sale as well as information from builders, lenders, title companies and other home buying services, Mid-Atlantic Real Estate Information Technologies said.
MARIT has transferred listings of 14,000 properties in Baltimore City and Baltimore, Howard, Harford and Carroll counties -- with descriptions, prices, neighborhoods and some photographs -- onto its Web site (http: //www.marit.com.), said Wes Shaffer, a MARIT vice president. Internet shopping should make the home search process more efficient, he said.
"One of the keys here is, you have a very robust collection of real estate information on one site, which is very attractive to the consumer," Shaffer said.
But MARIT stopped short of offering complete public access to the main tool agents use to sell properties: Only licensed real estate agents can list homes. And consumers must contact the agent to get the street address of a home.
Pub Date: 5/22/96