It's hard to say what the best real estate websites are, as there are so many. I can tell you the top 3 that I constantly use though. Not only do they help me do what I do better, but they also help me make Jenniferbuyshouses.com a leading real estate resource in itself.
- Zillow - I find myself on Zillow daily. Features include property value estimates, aka Zestimates, and rent estimates. As I've avidly mentioned before, take these with a grain of salt. They offer a quick ballpark number for me though, when I don't have time to do research before calling a potential seller back. Zillow is also a great website to view recent sales in the area, easily on a map. I use this when I am evaluating the current value of a home and it's ARV (after repair value).
- DQnews - This site is the best, in my opinion, when it comes to current real estate market updates. Not only do they have charts and articles for national news, but they also offer state and city specific information. This is a great tool that I often utilize when buying in a city that I am less familiar with. By zip code, you can see the average price-per-square-foot and how it compares to last year. I especially use DQnews when considering buying and keeping a property as a rental, as I want to make sure I am making a smart long-term investment.
- Redfin - When looking for homes that are currently listed on the MLS (multiple listing service) Redfin is the best. It constantly pulls information from the MLS to stay up-to-date on status changes and price reductions. Redfin makes it very easy to see the specs of a listing, such as if it's a short sale, bank owned property, or has a HOA. Additionally, Redfin keeps a great record of a property's sale history. From this, I am able to see when a person purchased their property and for how much.
I'm always looking for good resources. What do you think is the best real estate website?