This is a comprehensive list of search engines that typically allow home buyers and real estate agents to find available properties for sale online. Some of the web sites listed here only return available property listings that were posted to them specifically, while others aggregate the data from various other places and display it in one central location.
Realtors can also use many of these websites to submit their client’s homes for sale, and get free advertising for themselves by creating a professional user profile.
Top 10 Real Estate Search Engines
|Search Engine||Alexa Rank*||Unique Visitors**|
*Alexa Traffic Rank (global). **Monthly Unique Visitor estimates from Compete.com (U.S. only). Updated for 2014.
Zillow.com – Founded in 2005 by Rich Barton and Lloyd Frink, Zillow is an online home valuation tool and real estate community. It provides access to a huge database of over 100 million properties in the United states, including properties for sale or rent, mortgage calculators, estimated land values (Zestimates), and tips from industry professionals.
Trulia.com – Founded in 2005 by Pete Flint and Sami Inkinen, Trulia is an all-in-one real estate site providing information on homes, apartments, neighborhoods, markets and trends. It offers advice from local experts through Trulia Voices, their online real estate community. Agents can list their inventory, and people looking to move will be pleased to find local properties for sale, recently sold listings, and detailed school information.
Realtor.com – The official site of the National Association of REALTORS®, it offers millions of homes from over 800 Multiple Listing Services (MLS), spanning across all 50 states, including thousands of cities and towns. It provides detailed property listings, schools and neighborhood information, and many other important stats and facts for consumers.
RedFin.com – An Internet real estate brokerage, with agents currently available in most but not all of the major US cities. It was one of the first Industry websites to offer a map-based search tool. Redfin provides customers with access to the broker’s databases, third-party appraisals and past sales records. The company’s staff agents handle property viewing access, the legal paperwork and negotiations for buyers and sellers.
LoopNet.com – Started in 1995 by several private investors, LoopNet is probably the largest commercial real estate listing service online. Users can search commercial properties for sale or lease, obtain loans from the industry’s top lenders, view comparables and market their space for sale.
Homes.com – Originally started in 1997 by Homes and Land magazine, It was acquired in 2004 by Trader Publishing Company and is currently owned by Dominion Enterprises. It provides information for buyers, renters and brokers. The site has over 3 million properties listed for sale or rent, including new homes, apartments, condos, townhouses and land. It provides details on recent home sales, schools, foreclosures and a helpful Q&A forum.
Movoto.com – Founded in 2006 by Henry Shao, Movoto is an internet based real estate brokerage that provides a wide array of real estate related information and research tools to prospective home buyers and sellers. People can search property rentals and homes for sale, and connect with top selling agents in their area.
HotPads.com – Founded in 2005, HotPads is a map-based real estate search engine and listing service, with apts and houses for rent, condos for lease, vacation properties, hotels, land and foreclosure listings. It offers a renters and buyers guide, a q&a with industry experts, and an insurance center.
Remax.com – RE/MAX is a nationally recognized real estate network that’s been around since 1973. You can use its site Remax.com to search properties for sale by RE/MAX as well as other brokerages with MLS listings throughout the United States, or hire one of the company’s real estate agents to help you.
ZipRealty.com – Created in 1999 by ZipRealty Inc, It provides home sellers and buyers with a fully-featured Internet real estate solution. It’s also a realty company with licensed agents throughout the United States of America. Clients and other web users can use the site to view MLS listings, legal information, photos, recent sales, location information and find professionals to sell their home.
Keep in mind this top ten list of real estate search engines is based on Alexa Traffic Rank only; not necessarily which ones are best from a user’s perspective. If you’d like us to review another search engine missing from our one of lists don’t hesitate to send us the web site information via our contact form.