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I am familiar with Zillow, Realtor.com and Trulia


Are there others that are better for looking for real estate online?
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Most of these pull from the same source, which is your local MLS + any direct listings they solicit as FSBO. In theory, they should all match minus the FSBO additions. In practice, occasionally one of them misses some record updates but SHOULD pick it up within a few days.

Your local MLS board may have their own database you can search, which could potentially have listings which were not authorized for public web release. (as a seller, this would not be in your best interest)

You can also look for the various FSBO sites which are not tied to the MLS, craigslist, and individual relator websites for pocket listings (but that would also be fairly rare).
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Originally Posted by Squid Row View Post
I am familiar with Zillow, Realtor.com and Trulia


Are there others that are better for looking for real estate online?
No
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Originally Posted by Squid Row View Post
I am familiar with Zillow, Realtor.com and Trulia


Are there others that are better for looking for real estate online?
What type of real estate?
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This might be a little deeper than you want to go, but once you have searched the 3 main sites you listed and have found some potentials to look at - go to the GIS (geographic information system) for the county and look up the address. It will give you loads more info on the specifics such at the flood zone data, recent sales in the area, lot line info, easements, and sometimes - depending on the GIS system - you can find the last property tax bills, permits pulled for improvements, and the deed transfers from years past to get a complete picture of what the property really is.
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If you are looking for bare land, hunting tracts, farms....www.landwatch.com
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Essentially, no.

That said, they all can have lags on updates from 24 hours to a week or so and the agent or fsbo realizes the update didn't push. Not common, usually within 24 hours.

Info doesn't always push properly. Had a call today on a listing asking about a basement. Zillow says fully finished basement, when I check the MLS it says crawlspace on concrete block.

Don't trust any of the price estimating systems. Other than that you will be fine.
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This might be a little deeper than you want to go, but once you have searched the 3 main sites you listed and have found some potentials to look at - go to the GIS (geographic information system) for the county and look up the address. It will give you loads more info on the specifics such at the flood zone data, recent sales in the area, lot line info, easements, and sometimes - depending on the GIS system - you can find the last property tax bills, permits pulled for improvements, and the deed transfers from years past to get a complete picture of what the property really is.
The GIS idea is a good thing to know. Thanks.
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Originally Posted by SEATOAD View Post
This might be a little deeper than you want to go, but once you have searched the 3 main sites you listed and have found some potentials to look at - go to the GIS (geographic information system) for the county and look up the address. It will give you loads more info on the specifics such at the flood zone data, recent sales in the area, lot line info, easements, and sometimes - depending on the GIS system - you can find the last property tax bills, permits pulled for improvements, and the deed transfers from years past to get a complete picture of what the property really is.
Started doing this a while back. Between the gis and google maps you can practically do a walk around. Crazy.
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You can also register on a local real estate website and get a search setup for your wants. But yea they all pull from the same site.

In Florida if anyone overhears your looking to buy real estate you will buried in business cards. I think every third person is a realtor.
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Thanks everyone. I am looking to make a move in two years but I have not decided where yet. So a tool with the ability to search near and far is helpful


I am looking for a place on or near the water with a good inshore bay where I can go clamming, fishing and sandbar hopping but also that is near a good inlet with an offshore run that is the same or less than what I have in NC (30 miles to good bottom grounds)
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I'm surprised no one has mentioned craigslist. They do have listings for real estate for sale.
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Not sure if they have a presence in your area but I use Coldwell Banker website. Lots of brokers hate them because they basically grab every listing and stick it on their website.

Nothing is perfect. I've been home shopping the last couple months. Trulia and Zillow can be outdated on listings. Coldwell as well.

My advice is just look 1-2x every day on a bunch of sites. Also having a good realtor helps.
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Redfin has been my goto lately.
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Originally Posted by Squid Row View Post
Thanks everyone. I am looking to make a move in two years but I have not decided where yet. So a tool with the ability to search near and far is helpful


I am looking for a place on or near the water with a good inshore bay where I can go clamming, fishing and sandbar hopping but also that is near a good inlet with an offshore run that is the same or less than what I have in NC (30 miles to good bottom grounds)
I work with a ton of retiree's....on a daily basis.

Before looking at houses, I recommend finding the location first. The house is the easy part once you figure out where you want to land.
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Originally Posted by thefuzz View Post
I work with a ton of retiree's....on a daily basis.

Before looking at houses, I recommend finding the location first. The house is the easy part once you figure out where you want to land.


That is exactly what I am doing.. trying to find the area and then see what the real estate looks like.


Thanks thefuzz
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Originally Posted by Squid Row View Post
That is exactly what I am doing.. trying to find the area and then see what the real estate looks like.


Thanks thefuzz
That's the best way.

I'm constantly amazed at the amount of people that retire and want to move, and have no idea where the hell they want to move to. I honestly just don't get it.


You have a set of criteria...water, fishing, location to bottom fishing, etc....many that are retiring don't even know what state/location they want to be in.
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Not sure if they have a presence in your area but I use Coldwell Banker website. Lots of brokers hate them because they basically grab every listing and stick it on their website.
Used to work for Coldwell Banker (hated it). It is just an IDX feed from the MLS. I don't know a single brokerage that doesn't do this on their site. The "featured listings" pages are usually their own in house listings.
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Originally Posted by thefuzz View Post
I work with a ton of retiree's....on a daily basis.

Before looking at houses, I recommend finding the location first. The house is the easy part once you figure out where you want to land.
Depends where you want to live and how long your time horizon is. The area where I live, the market is absurd.

The town I grew up in has 6 houses, for sale. That's in a town of 10,000 people. So think about that one. Meanwhile, 20 minutes away, there is a town with 6,000 people and about 25 houses for sale.

It's a very very very weird market in certain parts of this country.

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