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Finding Homes for Sale

Searching for Homes for SaleSearching for a new home is an exciting experience, but with the vastness of the internet, doing your home shopping online can become overwhelming. Each real estate site offers something different.

The same home with listings on multiple sites can even cause confusion. Maybe information doesn’t match up or you’re seeing different asking prices for the same property. When searching for homes online the best way to keep from being overwhelmed is to find a site that meets your needs and stick with it. When you have questions that need answers you can contact agents who make their information available on the site. They’ll be familiar with the site and be able to help you find your new home.

Trulia

Trulia was founded in 2005. When home searching online you’re looking for all the information you need to make an informed decision. There are many things homebuyers need in a new home. They need to stay within a budget and get the most house they can for their money, yes, but they also need to be in specific school zones. They need an easy commute to work and to know crime rates for neighborhoods. When buyers search through listings on Trulia they get all of this and more. With Trulia, when you’re ready to look at a home you can contact helpful agents that list their information on the site for convenience.

Zillow

Zillow has a database of over 100 million homes in the US. The site displays homes for sale and homes for rent. Zillow even has homes listed that are not currently for sale. This added feature gives users a look at what has sold, or what homes values are in a neighborhood. Like Trulia, Zillow was also founded in 2005. It has since become one of the biggest real estate sites on the web. The term Zestimate is what Zillow calls their “Zillow estimate.” It is the Zillow estimate market value for a property for sale or rent. This added feature lets home buyers know home values in a given area to help point them in the right direction for their home buying.

RealEstate.com

RealEstate.com has a database full of homes for sale, new construction, foreclosures, and rentals. The accumulation of RealEstate.com’s listings come from listing services nationwide. This accumulation helps RealEstate.com provide accurate and up-to-date information on properties for sale. If you also need to sell your current home you can take advantage of RealEstate.com’s home value estimator. A local Real Estate agent can also get you a Comparable Market Assessment if you need one. Like Trulia, RealEstate.com also shows information on schools and local communities. With the added helpful resources on RealEstate.com you’ll be able to narrow down your search to help find the property that’s perfect for you and meets all of your needs. When you need a helping hand local real estate agents are just a click away and are ready to help.

Realtor.com

Realtor.com covers the United States and Canada. Their database is an accumulation of over 800 MLS databases. Not only can you access Realtor.com on your computer, but it is also available on your iPad, iPhone, and you Android. You can take Realtor.com with you as you drive around looking at properties. Realtor.com has listings for houses not currently on the market, houses for sale, apartments and houses for rent, and additional properties. You have detailed information about properties at the click of a button. For an even better experience on Realtor.com they provide you with a calculator, guides, buying tips, moving quotes, homes insurance quotes, and storage quotes.

SearchBug

While searchbug.com doesn’t offer specific homes for sale, they do offer various cool tools for looking up addresses, current and previous owner information as well as tools that let you find specific house numbers or street names. Say you’re looking for a specific street name within a zip code, we have tools for that.

Diedinhouse

Want to know if someone died in the house you’re considering purchasing, well cruise on over to diedinhouse.com and see what they say about the homes for sale.

Sell Your Home and Profit…or Lose

In today’s current economy, home sales fluctuate from profits to losses, and both buyers and sellers are looking for the ideal situation that will best fit their needs. If you are considering to sell your home; sellers need to conduct research if they are going to sell the home themselves or hire a broker.  For buyers, that means the need to do as extensive research as possible on their home purchase is going to be very important.

Buyers are going to be looking for:

  • The best deals on any new and/or existing homes.
  • Finding the most house they can get for their money.
  • Homes which are easy to get into (down payment, less remodeling, etc.)

Sell Your Home and ProfitThere are some great tools that buyers can use to get home pricing information. Buyers can simply type an address into any search engine to discover a wealth of knowledge. But what if you want to find public records for a particular address or zip code, or research a house number in a zip code?

By the same token, sellers want to get as much as they can out of the sale of their homes as well. This ease-of-selling is true for the homeowner as well, especially if they’ve been in the home for a number of years and have quite a bit of equity built up in the home.

Since some situations can either be a buyer’s market or a seller’s dream, it’s best to have as much resourceful information that you can before you embark on any buying/selling scenario. One such type of resource to have at your disposal, no matter which side of the fence you find yourself on, is to have a current list of home sales and prices of the sale in your area. This is information that’s provided by the local County Recorder’s office in your local area, and the information provided is generally updated weekly, if not more often than that.

Realtors and real estate professionals use this information religiously when they’re searching for home sales and information. Access to this information gives them a solid idea of what kinds of property are selling in an area, the listing prices, the sales prices and other information. When realtors work with buyers and sellers, they can better represent them and give them accurate information on home sales and what the buyer or seller can reasonably expect to experience as they embark on their journey.

Sell Your Home and ProfitFrom a customer’s perspective (buyer or seller), information about home and property sales gives them an idea of what they can expect, even if they’re not ready to start the process. Veteran homeowners are usually always interested in the equity that’s in their homes, more than anything else. They want to know what they can reasonably expect to profit if their homes sold today. This information of course is not solid since other variables can affect that information (listing price, selling price, negotiations, etc.), but it gives them more of a reasonable idea of what they’re working with. As a result of finding out this information, they may choose to wait a while longer before selling, or if the price is right, they may sell right away and make a big profit!

Now, while those homeowners are looking for sales information, they will also want to know other statistics about the home, and not just the asking or selling price.

Crime

So moving to and living in a burgeoning city certainly has its perks, but there are a few consequences that can accompany that, like the crime rate for that particular area. What is the crime rate like in the area that interests them? Has it grown or decreased in recent years? Is it going to be a safe place for me to raise a family? Usually, when an area experiences a growth spurt, it also experiences somewhat of an increase in crime as well. This is not always the norm, but in general instances.

Weather

What is the average temperature like in the area? Are there cold, cold winters or blazing hot summers, or both? Believe it or not, there are many people who make major home buying and selling decisions based on this type of information. This is why it’s important for them to research the topic thoroughly before making a decision, since it’s likely going to be one that will affect them for quite some time.

Home and population statistics are available from local, state and federal sources that both professionals and homeowners use in making decisions. These resources are invaluable, and having access to the right kind of resources with helpful and usable information can make a significant difference in helping users to make the right choices.