A multiple listing service is the best place to find good homes for sale, according to Teresa Mears for U.S. News & World Report. Real estate websites use MLS to provide home buyers with virtual tours, neighborhood profiles, mobile apps and listings that are typically updated four times an hour.
MLS sites are created by real estate professionals to share information about their home listings, and there are more than 800 such services, notes the National Association of REALTORS. A regional MLS may cover multiple cities, which gives buyers access to a larger pool of listings. Home buyers can search listings based on schools, safety and ZIP code, explains Mears.
The website for the National Association of REALTORS boasts the largest inventory of homes, notes Barbara Corcoran for TODAY.com. Trulia supplies potential buyers with detailed information, such as the home’s sale history and a comparison to comparable homes nearby. Sites to buy a home without a broker include ForSaleByOwner.com and eBay. Both sites save buyers money by eliminating broker fees, and through eBay, additional money is saved using auctions. StreetAdvisor provides detailed information and ratings on blocks and streets; prospective home buyers can even learn about cell phone reception. Homefair details information about local schools.