Website plays matchmaker for Cincinnati home buyers

E-harmony for homes (VIDEO)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - It's not just about location and price anymore. A new website promises to match you up with your perfect home.

It's just one tool buyers are using in this competitive market.

"It's a seller's market. Sellers are getting more than asking price," said Tammy Iverson.

Iverson has been selling property all over the Tri-State for years. A realtor at Sibcy Cline's Kenwood office, Iverson says with low inventory in Cincinnati, it's a struggle for buyers to land that perfect house.

Most in demand right now - homes in the $200,000 to $350,000 range.

"Trendy right now is really the buzz word, walk ability factor. Can I walk to restaurants and other things," Iverson said.

Casamatic, a website affectionately dubbed the "E-Harmony for Homes," promises to help you find your dream home by going beyond the basics of bedrooms and baths.

"We ask you where your friends and family live, where you work, how you get to work," said Alex Bowman. "What kind of food you like to eat, are highly rated public schools important to you."

Bowman got the idea for Casamatic after he struggled to find a home in his preferred location, Oakley. After a friend tipped him off to a house in Norwood, his family ended up buying there -- an area that hadn't popped up in in Bowman's online home search.

"I knew nothing about Norwood and it ended up being this neighborhood that we really love," Bowman said. "We want to bring that exact same experience to everyone."

Casamatic currently is available in seven cities, including Cincinnati. They'll be launching an app next month and expanding to more cities across the country.

In addition to sites like Casamatic, Iverson says buyers are having to resort to unusual methods to get the home they want.

Some are looking on social networking sites, like Facebook and Nextdoor to find homes before they're listed. Other buyers are even making emotional appeals to sellers.

"People are writing letters. We are having to do things that we haven't had to do in recent past years," Iverson said.

Iverson says get used to this trend.

Home sales keep going up in the Cincinnati metro area.

Some recent monthly data shows a seven percent increase over last year. The best time for sellers - a challenge if you're hunting for "home sweet home."

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