Top 3 Real Estate Websites In The USA 2021
Top 3 Real Estate Websites In The USA 2021

Top 3 Real Estate Websites In The USA 2021

Real estate websites are attracting so many eyeballs every month because they are adding value for both buyers and sellers. Buyers can preview hundreds of homes within a few hours from the comfort of their couch. Home sellers win, too; their home’s features and pictures are viewed by hundreds of shoppers in the market to buy a new home.

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Top 3 Real Estate Websites In the USA

 

Zillow
Zillow  Founded in 2006 by two former Microsoft executives.

1. Zillow

Founded in 2006 by two former Microsoft executives, Zillow offers the most robust suite of tools for buyers, sellers, landlords, renters, agents, and other home professionals. Zillow’s power and flexibility make it the best overall real estate website in our review.

Pros

  • Largest database of over 110 million properties
  • Extensive criteria sorting
  • Links to get pre-qualified financing
  • Volumes of “how-to” guides about home buying and selling
  • A suite of mobile apps so you can do your research anywhere

Cons

  • Their proprietary Zestimate® algorithm is only as good as the information loaded into the database
  • Aside from the listing agent, the other agents listed on the property record may not know anything about the home
  • Realtors and lenders pay for leads on the site; if you don’t want to engage with agents, be careful about filling out on-site forms

 

Zillow has one of the most downloaded apps on both Android and Apple platforms. Google Play, has over 10 million downloads and has a rating of 4.4 stars out of 5 by more than 500,000 users.3 In the Apple Store, 5.3 million people have given the app an overall rating of 4.8 stars out of 5.4

The property status information updates between two and 24 hours after the database has been notified of certain changes. Sellers can, however, make changes to some listing details that will show up within minutes, and the app and website refresh every 15 minutes.

 

Realtor.com
Realtor.com

2. Realtor

Affiliated with the National Association of Realtors and linked to over 580 regional Multiple Listing Services, Realtor.com listings are the closest to the gold standard, the MLS, which is updated daily by realtors. For this reason, Realtor.com is our pick for the most accurate real estate website.

 

Pros

  • The database includes 99% of all MLS-listed properties
  • Easy to search all listed homes in a school district
  • Links to get pre-qualified financing and financial calculators for both buyer and sellers
  • Robust “find a realtor” feature

Cons

  • No option to search “for sale by owner” listings
  • Fewer research and advice articles than other sites
  • No option for home sellers to list their property for sale

Realtor.com launched in 1996 and the site is now operated by Move, Inc., a subsidiary of News Corporation. Realtor.com has the best reputation among realtors. Where realtors often have to field questions and disappointments from their buyers due to other real estate websites, they trust Realtor.com to not mislead their clients about the home value and property status.

The app has around 260,000 reviews in the Google Play store that give it an average rating of 4.5 stars.5 In the Apple Store, around 250,000 reviews averaged 4.7 stars.6 The app allows you to search for homes, view pictures and video tours, and even compare neighborhood criteria like noise levels. The app updates listings in real-time. Draw a shape with your fingertip on the app map and see only the properties within that geographic shape. Users can contact realtors and run financial calculators through the app, too.

The app and website are free to buyers and renters. Realtor.com earns money primarily through advertising fees.

 

Trulia
Trulia

3. Trulia

Founded in 2004 Trulia has created a website and mobile app that excel at transparency. Since home buyers and renters do so much of their searching using their mobile device, the fact that Trulia’s app is powerful, simple, and easy to use makes it our choice for the best mobile app.

Pros

  • Hearty “local info” available on website and app
  • Personalized alerts for your criteria
  • Links to get pre-qualified financing and financial calculators in the app
  • Fine-tune your geographic search by drawing a loop with your finger on the map
  • Tutorial guides teach you how to maximize your app experience as you use it

Cons

  • Need to sign in or register to save your search criteria
  • No option for home sellers to list their property for sale

Trulia’s app has over 206,000 reviews on the Android platform that give it an average rating of 4.6 stars.7 In the Apple Store, more than 1 million users voted to give it an average rating of 4.8 stars.8 While you can search for both home purchases and rental apartments on the main Trulia website, Trulia split these niches into two mobile apps, Trulia Real Estate: Find Homes and Trulia Renters for enhanced focus for renters.

Trulia, purchased by Zillow for $2.5 billion in 2015, has the power of the largest real estate website behind it. It refreshes data in the app every 15 minutes. As good as the app is, the accuracy of the data is still only as good as what goes into it.

One of the features people like most about the app is its multiple map views for each property. For example, you can view the property plotted on a map that shows area crime, places to shop and eat, schools, commute time, and people stats. Want to know what percentage of the neighborhood is single? Trulia can tell you. How about the percentage of neighbors who have college degrees? The app can show you that too.

Trulia is the darling for people who want to really understand their potential neighborhood and not just the home and what’s inside. There are even neighborhood reviews by people who live where you’re searching, telling you what they like and don’t like about the area.

The app is free for users, as Trulia primarily earns revenue through advertising.

 

How We Chose the Real Estate Websites

To choose the best seven, we reviewed 18 real estate websites. We uncovered their pros and cons, tested the search and sort capabilities, and dove into app reviews to see what people loved and what they wanted to see improved.

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