When you’re ready to buy or sell a property, your first instinct may be to visit the internet and browse various real estate websites. There are plenty of websites out there and it can be an overwhelming amount of information. But how do you know if what you’re seeing is accurate? How do you confidently move forward, knowing you have all of the necessary information to make informed decisions?
While using these sites as a start to your journey can be beneficial, using the services of a seasoned, experienced REALTOR® can help ensure you get the information and expertise you need to get the best deal on a property while also making sure your interests are protected.
So you have a better understanding of some of the highest rated sites, here is a brief description of each and how it can help as you begin your home search. Then, when you’re ready, contact us so we can be there to assist you in making the best, most informed purchasing decision.
Zillow is one of the biggest real estate websites in the US. They offer the most robust suite of tools and the largest database of over 135 million properties. The app lets you search for homes and apartments, list your home, tour the home through pictures and videos when available, save your searches, get to know the estimated market value of a home, and connect with REALTORS® or mortgage lenders.
Zillow sources postings from both the MLS, or multiple listing services, and non-MLS sources. Non-MLS sources include for sale by owner, non-MLS foreclosures, and auctions.
Another site that aims to be the most comprehensive source of listings and information for homebuyers and sellers which also considered as the official listing site of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).
Realtor.com provides detailed overviews of the local housing market, categorized by market trends, school ratings, current available homes and rentals and connect with top-rated local agents.
The only downside is that there’s no option to search “for sale by owner” listings since the site only allows licensed agents to advertise on its platform.
Owned by Zillow, Trulia was nominated as the best real estate mobile app. Trulia is for people who want to really understand their potential neighborhood. The site offers neighborhood insights, crime maps, and school ratings.
Homes.com is a platform that asks you to provide details of your ideal home and they’ll match you with properties that meet your demands — plus, they’ll give you a unique match rating, so you know just how much of a match each home is. Just like a dating app, this website promises to find the ideal home for you.
A popular site for “For Sale by Owner” (FSBO), sellers who want to sell their home themselves. Known for the simplest and most cost-effective route to selling or buying properties online.
Beware: While this can be a great place to find homes not necessarily listed on the MLS, or other sites, keep in mind that you may be opening yourself up to unnecessary risks as a buyer. The home buying process can have unexpected twists and turns that you may not be equipped to navigate in FSBO properties.
While the Internet can be a good place to start looking, there are things real estate agents know about the process of buying and selling a home that can’t be found in any web browser. Check out this article for more tips on how to choose the best real estate agent in your area.
Ready to begin your home buying or selling journey now? Contact us today to learn about how we can help you in your real estate transactions.