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Magnolia State realtors have come together to create an online, one-stop shop for buyers and sellers.  Which serves as an indicator of the expanded role the Internet plays in the real estate industry. 

As more people turn to their computers to start searching for their dream home, local realtors say take what you find with a grain of salt when it comes to consulting national real estate databases like Zillow or Trulia.  

Lee Garland, a realtor for Re/Max Alliance, said the information is not always correct.

"It was just not accurate information," Garland said.  "The square footages were wrong.  Even the availability of properties was wrong and we thought, 'well, there's got to be a better way.'" 

According to Garland that better way comes in the form of a website, Buy in Mississippi.  A collection of Mississippi real estate agents, including Garland, started buyinmississippi.com two years ago.

"As a cooperative effort with the different associations throughout our state we felt like we could compete," Garland said.

Power in numbers, the site is endorsed by 10 Mississippi realtors associations, including the Jackson Association of REALTORS.  Amongst those associations are more than 500 brokerage firms.

Garland said they have just begun marketing the website, which proves to be good timing as the housing market is showing signs of life.  The National Association of Realtors index for home sales for the month of May 2013 was the highest it had been since the end of 2006, just before the housing bubble burst.  

In addition, signed contracts are up 11 percent from this time last year.

"The days of wondering if the market has hit the bottom are gone," Garland said.  "The market is going up." 

While consumers are promised more accurate information, Garland said there is an incentive for realtors.  Their site offers less confusion on which agents represent particular properties, like on Zillow.

"(On Zillow) The agents are listed on the right side of the screen, but in actuality those are paid advertisements," Garland said.

On Buy in Mississippi's site the appropriate agent is listed with a highlighted property. 

Now, when real estate agents say buy in Mississippi they mean it more ways than one.      

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