real estate report

(Oct. 12, 2018) Finding a home online has become as easy as a few clicks, and there are many websites that offer similar property information.

But, all of the real estate property websites are not created equal. And, you wouldn’t want to browse property sites that show old listings or outdated information.

To make sure you aren’t browsing old listings on some of the popular property websites, it’s recommended to get the latest listings from realtor.com, which pulls its information every 15 minutes from our area’s Bright Multiple List (MLS) regional database where real estate agents post listings for sale.

That means that realtor.com’s listings are more accurate than some others, like Zillow and Trulia, which may update less often.

There are other property listing sites as well, including Redfin, which is a brokerage and therefore also relies on relationships with brokers and MLSs for listings. And, Zillow is also starting to dabble in brokerage services.

Pictures are worth a thousand words, but real estate photos are also carefully staged and managed. It’s natural to focus on photos while browsing, but make sure to also consider the property description and other key features.

Each realtor.com listing, for example, has a “property details” section that may specify important information such as the year the home was built, price per square foot, and how many days the property has been on the market.

If you are looking to dig deeper into a community’s info, consider these sources:

• School ratings: Data from GreatSchools.org and the National Center for Education Statistics, and the school district’s website

• Crime rates and statistics: CrimeReports.com and the local police station

• Walkability and public transportation: WalkScore.com and APTA.com

• Hospital ratings: HealthInsight.org, LeapfrogGroup.org, and U.S. News and World Report rankings

– Lauren Bunting is an Associate Broker with Bunting Realty, Inc. in Berlin.

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