WebsiteCompass 7 When you’re making the biggest financial decision of your life, you want all the help you can get. These websites can guide you to the information you need, assist with looking for or listing a home, and much more. Do Your House Homework on These Websites Research • MLS.com (mls.com) allows you to search listings by members of your local Multiple Listing Service and find real estate educational resources. • Neighborhood Scout (neighborhoodscout.com) includes helpful information about neighborhoods including crime, housing, and school statistics. • Trulia (trulia.com) uses map overlays to deliver a deeper understanding of each neighborhood. Listing or Finding a Home • Zillow (zillow.com) is rich with information such as property listings, historical home values, and average rents. • Realtor.com (realtor.com) offers a list of for-sale properties and tools to help make an informed decision. • Redfin (redfin.com) includes listings, agents, and other resources to help you sell your home. Alternative Transactions • Auction.com (auction.com) lists and enables bidding on thousands of bankowned and foreclosure home deals. • FSBO.com (fsbo.com) is a paid service that gives sellers the tools they need to sell a home without an agent, and buyers a place to look for these listings. • Foreclosure.com (foreclosure.com) lists properties that are in the foreclosure process as well as information about buying such homes. For Landlords • RentCafe (rentcafe.com) gives information about expected rent in each neighborhood to help you set your rent accordingly. • Nolo (nolo.com) provides legal information for landlords, such as lease terms and how to handle tricky renter situations. • eRentPayment (erentpayment.com) offers landlord services including tenant screening, online payment processing, and maintenance requests. Hints and Tricks • Homes.com (homes.com) provides helpful information about the home purchasing process, including how to secure a mortgage. • This Old House (thisoldhouse.com) helps you save money on repairs by showing you how to DIY. • BiggerPockets (biggerpockets.com) provides tools, resources, and a member community to help you learn about real estate investing. Download These House Hunting Apps for Loads of Help House hunting is a process that can change by the minute, so it’s vital to stay updated whether you’re at home, at work, or out and about. Put these apps on your phone so you’ll always be prepared: • App versions of the websites listed on this page, including Zillow, Redfin, and Trulia. Download to use the same features from anywhere. • Homesnap. Love the house for sale you’re passing by? Just snap a photo with this app and get all the details about it. • Century 21 Local. Provides home listing information pulled from the local MLS and includes a notes section to keep track of your impressions of each home. • Houzz. This app offers a 3D decorating feature, shopping functionality, and listings of professionals to help with home projects. • Rocket Mortgage. In addition to processing Rocket Mortgage mortgages, this app can help you determine how large a loan you can afford. Just for fun, you may also want to download the free Design Home: DreamMakeover app. This game allows you to play interior decorator and bring your dream home to reality.