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Online Real Estate Resource

Published 03/16/2012 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
by Shel Gatto
What can you use the app for?

Realtor is a real estate website that helps users find homes, professionals, financial products and information. The website is a genera go-to resource for all things real estate. Users can get started by looking for available properties by home type, location, price range, number of beds and number of baths. The user can also view rental properties and foreclosures. A similar search is available for users in need of a real estate agent. The user can enter a name, agency and/or location. The financial area lets users receive a mortgage quote. Home affordability and mortgage term comparison calculators are included under the financial tab. Users can also search for moving services and browse articles and tips for new home buyers or families planning a relocation.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Realtor is a large website that covers a lot of ground. Users can find services for every aspect of buying or selling a home. The site is primarily focused on searches and calculators, which many users find useful. That being said, some give Realtor mediocre ratings because of inaccuracies in its mapping data and the fact that it only caters to larger agencies. Other information, such as utility data and rural home specifications are also often lacking.

What are the differences to other apps?

Realtor offers a large number of services, which is the website’s strong point. There is nothing terribly new or cutting edge found on Realtor’s web pages, but users can find a large quantity of information. Interactive resources, such as calculators, quote request and search forms give the site more utility. Users can find general information easily enough, but the finer details become sketchy as the user searches.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Realtor has a somewhat busy feel to it that may intimidate some users. Along with articles, images and forms, the site has also included banner advertisements and text ads. These aren’t overly aggressive but there mere presence distracts from the already packed page. Links help users navigate and a row of tabs guide the user in the right general direction. It may take a few minutes, but users can gather information and resources using Realtor despite its cluttered design.

How does the registration process work?

A new user can join the Realtor community by clicking the blue “Sign Up” link in the upper, right hand corner of each page. A pop up box appears and invites the user to sign in with Facebook or fill out a short form. The form asks for an email address and password. The next step asks the user to verify the correct spelling of their email address by presenting the address again in bold. The user is automatically logged in after confirming.

What does it cost to use the application?

Realtor is available to all users for free. There are no fees for searching homes, real estate agents or financial products. The site is supported by advertisements, so charging a fee would be a bit excessive considering the features the user is provided. Realtor is a handy resource for users buying or selling homes, however it is best used with additional resources to give the user more options (some of which might be missed by the website).

Who would you recommend the application to?

Realtor is a convenient resource for anyone interested in general information about buying or selling a home. Users can find available moving or real estate services (although these will primarily be the larger scale companies). Calculators help users determine if they can afford a mortgage and how much house they can and should buy. The search tools are convenient as well. Realtor is ideal for users browsing multiple online real estate resources.

  • Users can search and browse without an account
  • New users can register with a Facebook profile
  • Calculators help users determine mortgage payments and more
  • Articles prepare users for home buying and selling
  • Searchable home and garden tips are included

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