Real Estate Websites to Know

If you?re in the market for a new home you probably already know that the world has changed and most buyers no longer rely on their friendly neighborhood realtor to find them a home that fits their lifestyle and financial situation. Most people are becoming proactive and doing a lot of research on their own. In response a lot of websites are cropping up that offer real estate tools designed to help you or to sucker you out of money. So being a wise consumer is ever important. The follow three websites are reliable and packed with information.

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Zillow.com

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Zillow.com is a great website if you?re using your computer but it?s amazing if you have an iPhone as they?ve just added a free app that gives you everything you want to know on the homes you?re driving by, even the ones that aren?t for sale. The GPS driven application knows where you are and gives you the basics of for sale homes and then homes in the area so you can compare the price against relatively similar houses.

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Trulia.com

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With Trulia.com you can search for sales. They let users scan the prices homes were originally listed at, what their current price is and how many times the prices dropped, by how much, and the dates of the reductions. This lets you get a feel for how desperate the seller is and if they?re coming close to a price you can afford.

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YouTube.com

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Most people are somewhat familiar with YouTube.com and home sellers are using the site to their advantage. Why not give potential buyers a link to a virtual tour of your home that you can do yourself for very little time and financial expense. And if you?re looking for a home a video tour is much more effective as it gives you a better perspective on space and size. But note to the wise ? if the audio track is more soundtrack than informative, turn it off, it can affect your feelings about a home.