With the real estate market slowly, painfully recovering in some locales, there are a number of people creeping back into buying mode. It’s a great time to consider second homes, vacation cabins — whatever. There’s a pretty cool website where you’ll find tons of information about any neighborhood, house, city or town. It’s called Zillow.
Zillow calls itself “your edge in real estate.” Start your homework there. Here’s what it can give you, free:
- Zestimates – values on 70,000,000 homes from a secret proprietary formula.
- For sale listings — post your home or buy one
- Most talked about homes – those with lots of inquiries
- services for buyers, sellers, and professionals.
From what I saw, the prices are pretty accurate in a lot of cases. There’s an occasional anomaly, but mostly good info. You can see maps or lists of properties. Put in an address with zip code and wait for a response. I was able to look at street configurations, aerial maps and surface maps.
I could zoom in or out,much like, say Mapquest. There are price ranges calculated for specific neighborhoods. It’s possible to calculate a fairly accurate price estimate of your own place based on entering some non-identifying info into the site. You’ll need Flash installed to play here.
Zillow is interesting. It might not solve all your problems, but it’ll give you something to think about as you plan your future.