By Tata Rossi 3 days ago, Apps and Software
Modern real estate websites and real estate apps, those who are going to purchase a house can preview different variants without leaving their home. Realtors can also benefit from these sites, as their listings are viewed by thousands of potential buyers, so the chances to find a real client increase considerably.
As the National Association of Realtors Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers claims, over 51% of buyers find the home of their dream on the web. Other data says that only 28% bought their property through their realtor, whereas only 4% from a yard sign.
Real estate sites described here attract buyers and sellers with many benefits. First of all, they provide speedy and accurate listings updates, offer a myriad of options for getting the required information, as well as different tools for streamlining the buying and selling process increasing its efficiency.
Verdict: The basic Trulia website lets users search for property for sale and rent. It offers two free mobile applications, which are very handy. To optimize your search for some specific service, you can choose either Find Homes or Trulia Renters, for buying and renting homes correspondingly.
In 2015 Zillow purchased Trulia, shelling out $2.5 billion for its former rival. With the support of the largest real estate website, the platform delivers top-rated services for both buyers and sellers. Trulia renews listings with impressive real estate photography samples within a day.
Multiple map views for each property are the winning feature of the app. For instance, it is possible not only to view your property on the map but also discover its neighborhood finding out where restaurants, cafes, schools, and other establishments are located.
Verdict: Zillow was created in 2006 and nowadays it is regarded as the most reliable free website for selling, buying, and renting properties. Landlords, agents, and home professionals consider this platform one of the best real estate websites.
I like that all the tools are intuitive, so you won’t struggle to figure out how to use this or that instrument. A business blog is another appealing feature of this website. Here professional writers can find tips on how to improve your home, as well as advice on how to sell or buy some property.
Handy filters by price, location, features, and home type can optimize your search for the desired home and speed up the whole process. Its price tool is also worth your attention. Using it, calculating the monthly cost for the property such as a mortgage, insurance, and taxes is a cinch. If the property is subject to an HOA, Zillow will list that as well as the last reported monthly fee.
Verdict: Redfin appeared in 2004 and since that time it has been known as one of the largest discount websites to buy houses in the USA. More than 64,0000 clients have already used this platform to acquire or sell the property. REAL Trends claims that Redfin realized real estate in the total sum of $37 billion only in 2020.
Intuitive website UX and top-class samples of commercial real estate photography are what let Redfin stand apart from other similar services. Besides, with Redfin, it is easy to get so much Google traffic.
If you are not ready to pay a considerable sum of money to hire a realtor, Redfin is a great alternative, as it offers the same scope of services as a real salesperson. A 1.5% listing fee is also an appealing feature, as most conventional agents charge sellers the 2.5-3% rate.
Verdict: RealtyTrac has an extensive database of foreclosed properties that includes over 120 million homes. The subscribers get access to all the details about a house like address, loan info, the locations and dates for future auctions. The editorial team cooperates with the best real estate photographers to make listings more appealing to potential customers.
If you want to strike a fantastic bargain and are ready to do some remodeling, RealtyTrac is one of the best real estate websites to find such a deal. Besides, you can be sure that the title on any home listed here is clean, so there is no need to worry that a property has unpaid taxes or other defects.
However, there is one considerable minus: a winner of the auction should pay in full and in cash in an instant. Besides, a monthly package, which costs $49.99, is pricey.
Verdict: FSBO is one of the most popular realtor sites for those who are going to sell for sale by the owner. It is great that the site contains its own directory of For Sale by Owner listings but also allows sellers to get in touch with a local brokerage that provides a flat fee MLS listing service.
Here you won’t find bad real estate photos, as the editors only post high-quality content, as excellent reputation is above all.
What I like most about FSBO is that the platform allows saving a seller’s money on realtor fees. But note that this approach requires much time and effort, so many people decide to turn to a realtor to make things easier.
If you want to sell your property on FSBO, you must choose one of two packages. For example, the FSBO plan costs $99.95 and allows listing your property for six months on the platform. Besides, a video upload and unlimited pics are also included.
Verdict: Apartments was created in 1992, and CoStar Group (CSGP), which is considered one of the greatest commercial real estate research companies in the USA, became its new owner in 2014.
The best thing about this platform is that you can use it as well as its app to find the property you like without paying a dime. The site earns by charging renters $29.00 (plus tax) – the cost that covers up to 10 rentals within a month on the mobile app
High end real estate photography is what allows Apartments to stand apart from other realty websites. The site contains pictures, 3D tours, and floor plans, presents availability dates, and current rent specials, and tells you about the additional costs such as parking or pet fees if required.
Buyers also like that the Apartments site provides detailed info about the neighborhood and facilities that are available there.
Verdict: Any book for real estate agent will tell you that no matter how useful and functional the website is, it cannot replace a real seller, and Realtor supports this statement. Selling a property quickly and without trouble is the focus of the platform.
Realtor is a free real estate website that cooperates with the National Association of Realtors, which makes the site the first stop to start looking for your dream home. When it comes to purchasing a property, finding a professional realtor is half the battle, and a Realtor that contains a directory of more than one million agents will come in handy.
Moreover, getting pre-approved for a competitive mortgage or finding out more about a neighborhood is a no-brainer. Type in the required address or city and the website will provide you with detailed stats on crime rates, local schools, and other data.