Buying and Selling a Home Online

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Over the past two decades, instant access to real estate information by computer, smartphone or portable device has helped create a virtual global marketplace to match prospective buyers with properties of their dreams. Whether you’re in the market for a new home, a vacation escape, commercial property or a rental, the power of a broadband Internet connection provides a wealth of resources to facilitate a smooth and successful real estate transaction.

Start your online real estate research with the most up-to-date real estate resource—Realtor.com®. The official site of the National Association of Realtors is updated every 15 minutes with the latest Multiple Listing Service entries nationwide and provides a long list of features to help prospective buyers, including search by ZIP code and location, property photo galleries and virtual “tours.” For real estate browsing on the go, turn to Realtor.com’s mobile app (available free on Google Play and iTunes) that allows users to search for homes by school and/or district, provides recaps of property tax and sales history, and offers alerts on price reductions.

After getting the lay of the land online with Realtor.com, be sure to check out two other top real estate sites—Zillow and Trulia—offering similarly comprehensive listings with a few unique twists.

Zillow includes for sale by owner (FSBO) homes, foreclosures and new construction, and exclusively offers pre-foreclosures and homes with an estimated Make Me Move® price.  It also features Zestimate® values to help gauge a property’s true worth. Catch up-to-the-minute rental leads, convenient mortgage tools and home design ideas on one of Zillow’s four free apps (available on Google Play or iTunes). 

Trulia features a calculator to help determine whether to rent or buy, first-step quick mortgage quotes, a personalized home-value report and three free apps (available only on iTunes)—one each for real estate, rentals and mortgages.

Most individual real estate agents and agencies also maintain sites for their own listings for potential homeowners to review. Use social media to identify and connect with a real estate agent, as 89 percent of realtors use social media in some way.

If at any point in the home buying or selling process you begin to feel overwhelmed, there are a plethora of articles and tips from real estate experts online to help inform and guide you during the process. FrontDoor.com features a guide for the first-time homebuyer, HomeBuying.About.com includes a comprehensive list of articles on varying home-buying topics, and Money.CNN.com hosts Google’s top-rated home-buying article, which outlines the “top 10 things you need to know when buying a home.”

Real estate is the biggest investment many of us will make, and new technology is helping buyers find properties that best suit their wish lists—and their budgets. Frontier is proud to power the broadband connections that help make new-home dreams come true.