The days of relying on real estate magazines or the classified ads in your local newspaper for information on real estate listings are long gone. There are well over 900 online real estate listing websites which give visitors information about homes on sale. Simply look for homes in the area where you want to live and start browsing. Like all industries, there are some sites that stand out above the others and we are briefly looking at three of them below.
This is not a real estate listings website that is well known but it has more listings than 99% of its rivals. The search function is simple but extremely effective and allows you to search homes depending on city, state, zip code, price, beds and baths. Its radius search is on the main page unlike other real estate listing websites where this feature is hidden. House Locator also tells you how many homes are currently up for sale in any city you choose.
On the downside, the listed information is strangely laid out. Additional information such as beds, baths, full address etc. is often missing because it is at the discretion of the real estate agent to disclose this information. Also, you are unable to narrow the search for multi-family homes or condos. This site is best suited for those who are moving locally rather than nationally but is still a terrific resource.
Yahoo! Real Estate
It seems as if Yahoo! are capable of mastering anything they set their minds to and their real estate listing website is no different. Unlike House Locator, you can specifically check for condos and family homes as well as the usual sorting by zip code, bed and price. The listed information page has just about everything you could possibly want including full address, price per square foot, the active date of the listing and much more. You can also view a map for every search and plot houses in terms of their vicinity to major streets and neighboring homes. You can even see homes that are newly listed versus homes that are listed for more than 15 days.
The only downside with Yahoo! is that you need to register in order to get the greatest benefit. When registering, you are giving your permission for agents to contact you. Nonetheless, this is a fantastic real estate listing website.
This is the granddaddy of all real estate listing websites. Realtor.com simply has more listings than any other site, better features and the ability to give you confidence prior to meeting a real estate agent. The site searches for every type of home expect for foreclosures and new homes and this is only because an affiliate site, Move.com, does this for them. Realtor.com has more search features than any other site which gives incredibly detailed information of the houses. In fact, you even receive information on the flooring in each house! Minor details such as the year the home was built, the type of property it is and its construction are also included. There is also a map feature though it is not as advanced as the one offered on Yahoo!
The main downside to Realtor.com is the fact that full addresses are not always shown but this is a very minor point when you consider that the site does everything else.
Although there are many great real estate listings websites, we feel that the three above are the cream of the crop.