Zillow is wildly popular, especially the often reviled Zestimate. Trulia has a loyal following as well with their Q&A being popular. Consumers seem to like the information the get from Redfin and agents often send their client there to get information on their own. With all these different real estate search engines, it makes me wonder if something isn't missing. Is there a "best of breed" solution that takes the best of them all and makes one better than the other.
Here's my question to you; what's the dream real estate search engine? If you could go to a website and it does exactly what you want, what would it do?
Some of the things I wish these guys would do better include:
- More accurate AVM. It's not rocket science but Zillow seems so far off the mark most times.
- Only what I need on the screen. I don't want to see all the homes for sale, rent, etc as on Zillow. Less is more.
- Local answers to local questions. Nobody from Virginia answering questions about Los Angeles.
There are a lot of other real estate search engines for condos, rentals, and more, some confined to a particular geography just for local markets. Some have a strong following and others just seem to...exist. While the various major providers have loyal fans, none of them seems to be in a position to dominate the market as Google did with internet search. If someone came up with the perfect real estate search engine, could it dominate? I think it could.
Here's the one benefit I'd like to get from whatever the final solution is; faster results. I want to shorten the amount of time it takes to find the ideal home. It takes buyers months to find homes with or without an agent because the right tools aren't out there to speed up the process. I think the right online tool could change that. What do you think?
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