If you’re thinking about selling your home, there are a variety of things to consider. For example, is for sale by owner a viable option, or should you enlist the services of a professional realtor. That said, if your goal is to save on realtor fees, listing and selling your home on your own might be a more attractive proposition. But what does this process entail, exactly? This is a common question that many homeowners have, and in this article, we will explore the tenets of selling your home without the aid of a professional realtor.
It should be noted that selling your home on your own does not absolve you from the task of listing and showing your home to prospective buyers; this is still a necessary, and critical, step for selling a home. However, if you have never sold a home, this process may seem daunting. Fortunately, there is a myriad of online services that can help streamline this process for you, Zillow being one most recognizable.
On the off chance that you’re not familiar with Zillow, it is an online real estate database company founded in 2006 by former Microsoft executives. In addition to listing properties, Zillow provides sellers with access to agents and brokers that can help them better understand the ins and outs of selling a home. Of course, Zillow is not the only online company that provides this type of service, and in this article, we will take a look at some alternatives to Zillow.
ALTERNATIVES TO ZILLOW
Before listing Zillow alternatives, it should be said that Zillow recently acquired Trulia, another online residential real estate website, aimed at connecting home sellers with buyers, renters, and real estate professionals. With that out of the way, let’s take a look at 5 of the top competitors to Zillow/Trulia including
- Home Value Websites
- Neighborhood Scout
If “for sale by owner” sounds like a viable option for selling your home, Homesnap is definitely worth taking a look at. Similar to Zillow/Trulia, Homesnap is an online real estate website that offers a wealth of benefits including an intuitive map and property information for buyers. And from a seller’s perspective, homeowners can take advantage of the site’s functional and very capable app. The app allows homeowners to use their smartphones to take pictures of their home, and once uploaded, the app will automatically add listing information for added convenience.
Another great alternative to Zillow/Trulia is Realtor.com, which is run by the NAR (National Association of Realtors). This site has been praised for being intuitive and exceptionally user-friendly; however, it does not offer some of the conveniences commonly found on Zillow/Trulia. To combat this shortcoming, the site is connected to MLS.com, which is used to establish contractual offers of compensation amongst brokers, and also, aggregate and disperse information necessary for home appraisals.
Very similar to Zillow and Trulia is Redfin, which uses map-based functionality to make your home more visible to prospective buyers by allowing users to locate homes based on a specific city or zip code. Additionally, the site provides valuable data relative to each home including the year it was built, square footage, and home value.
HOME VALUE WEBSITES
For those who are primarily concerned with home valuation or price only, sites like Real Estate ABC and HomeGain might be an attractive alternative to Zillow/Trulia. Real Estate ABC, unlike Zillow/Trulia, provides very accurate unit pricing, and also, provides recommendations based on your search parameters. For those buyers who have a penchant for crunching numbers, HomeGain may be worth taking a look at; this site offers market and census data along with many of the features already available on Zillow/Trulia.
Last, but by no means least, is Neighborhood Scout, this site provides invaluable information relative to the neighborhood where buyers are considering purchasing their home. This information includes crime statistics, demographic data, school information, and much more. However, there is a caveat, the information available is only a snapshot, meaning users will have to pay for more detailed information.
If you’re serious about buying or selling a home, there is a myriad of online services available to help you accomplish your goal. Of course, if the aforementioned sites do not grab your attention, we have one more notable mention, Reozom.com.
Established in 2008, Reozom.com has been rated number one in Florida and Michigan, mainly due to their attractive flat rate fee and generous access to property data. So if you’re looking for a home in either of these states, Reozom.com may just be what you’re looking for.