Have you noticed that realtor websites do not provide you with the most important piece of information about a property, the location? This is the hook to get their 5%. When they sell, or attempt to sell, the properties, they use easily comparable attributes such as square footage, acreage, room quantities, and so forth. Without speaking with an agent, the most precise location information you can find is the school system and town. Which leaves you, the buyer, in the position of shopping for houses based on architectural characteristics, such as curb appeal, rather than the property’s place in the world.
It may appear that the market demands contempory “colonials” with 4 bedrooms and 2 baths, but those are secondary concerns. What is being bought is the location.