The real estate business has been around for centuries. As a buyer and as a seller, there are so many things that you have to know. Over time, there have been businesses that have strived to make real estate as less complicated as possible. And this is what Zillow does. Zillow or Zillow Group is the biggest online real estate company in the US, created by Rich Barton and Lloyd Frink in 2006.
In 2011, the media company branched out and expanded their operations, in cooperation with Yahoo! Real Estate, to online real estate advertising. With 533.5 million website visitors from January to March 2018, it is the most popular online real estate site in the US. It provides comparative information on houses for sale or rent and communities in different localities and aerial photos of houses and neighborhoods, loan quotes for buyers. Aside from Zillow, you can also check out these companies.
Founded by Douglas Cole and Galen Ward in 2008, Estately is an American real estate business. It enables buyers to get the usual information about properties they are interested in, as well as general information about the community and the neighborhood, like nearby schools, hospitals, parks, restaurants, transport terminals, etc. Their listings are regularly updated. Their website also shows you a map view of a city or town.
They have more than 1,000 partner agents across the US so they can introduce an agent to a potential client. Buyers can choose any agent they feel comfortable working with, and from any state, based on Estately’s recommendation. They can change agents, should they wish to, at any time. The company is buyer-centric, unlike other companies.
Realtor.com is one of the largest, if not the largest, real estate listings websites in the US. They have listings in every city across America. Aside from the usual information, they also give an insight on the locality, like your city’s ranking in the best cities to live in. They have general real estate information for the town you choose, including schools near the home of your choice. They also have a moving cost tool for you.
They have articles and blogs about various topics related to real estate to give you as much information as you can about the market, the sales process and transaction, and owning a property. Not only that, they have mortgage information, like trends, rates, and lenders. You can also use the tool on their site to get pre-approved for a loan, whether you are buying a home or refinancing your home. You can also try their home estimate tool.