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5 Best Websites For Your House-Hunting Project

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5 Best Websites For Your House-Hunting Project

Are you still tormenting over your house hunting project?

Can’t find an estate agent to sell your home?

The process of buying and selling homes can be quite complicated especially for first time sellers and buyers. There’s a lot to take in consideration, like finding a professional realtor, doing a pre-listing home inspection, and handling confusing mortgage applications. Thankfully, the web brings us efficient solutions for our problems. If before it was hard to find a trusted real estate agent to sell your house for you, now it’s as easy as clicking a button on your computer. The following are some of the best websites to help you buy and sell properties online.

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Zillow.com 

One of the leading real estate and rental websites, Zillow enthusiastically brings consumers reliable data, knowledge and inspiration in their home search. Using the homepage, you can choose over “Buy”, “Rent”, “Sell“ or “Zestimate” and enter a location for the property you want. The site has a massive data of homes to choose from, complete with real estate advice forums and home design ideas.

Best Features:

  • Detailed Search– Available houses for sale or rent are displayed through every search along with the price, number of bed and baths, square meters and the date it was sold in market.
  • Agent Finder – Using the agent finder you can browse through zillow’s available agents and find one that fits your price and your home. Clicking through the agent’s name will direct you to his profile where his experience, ratings, reviews and contact details are displayed.

Trulia.com 

One of the largest real estate sites, Trulia offers an expansive database of local listings, home, apartment and real estate properties for sale and rent. Trulia, a fully owned subsidiary of the Zillow group, has more than 4.5 million unique visitors per month, and is one of the most used real estate site.

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Best Features:

  • Awesome Local Data Visualization – Trulia has a comprehensive visual map of your property giving you data about the nearest businesses, schools and crime rate near your area. Other features of the map include: population, home types, and price history.
  • Blog – Trulia’s blog offers a rich source of information and entertainment along with guides, tips and local news on real estate.

Realtor.com

Realtor.com is the National Association of Realtor’s official site. It is operated by Move, Inc. Every 15 minutes, 90 percent of the listings are refreshed from the Multiple Listing Services. Realtor has many features like price check, and advice articles that guide you to the complicated home buying process.

Best Features:

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  • Realtor Calculators – Realtor offers helpful on site calculators that let you compute your mortgage, home affordability, rent vs. buy calculator and refinance calculators. These calculators help home searchers handle their finance systematically.

Redfin.com 

At first, Redfin might look like a typical home search site like Zillow or Realtor.com. However, Redfin offers more than home search; Redfin specializes as a real estate brokerage. It works with its own agents and support staff to help customers find their dream houses and close loans.

Best Features:

  • Street View – With the use of 3D technology, users can browse and get a virtual street view of their house location.
  • Customer-Focused – At Redfin, they prioritize customer satisfaction. Their clients are all surveyed, and each real estate agent is reviewed. Redfin claims to put customer’s value first before anything. They promise savings, and a wiser investment.

Move.com 

Move.com lets you search according to the property you want. Using the search feature you can look for properties according to the number of bed, baths as well as price range you want. Using the advanced search setting you can customize your search even more and look for properties in your desired state.

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Best Features:

  • Learning Center – Move.com guides users in the complicated process of moving. They give lots of valuable tips and advice like decorating your apartment, apartment search tip, finance budgeting, and settling in after move.

Bottom Line

Buying or selling homes doesn’t have to be complicated. With proper research, careful planning, and the help of a good real estate company, you can find the house of your dreams. Good luck!  

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Last Updated on January 13, 2022

10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

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10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

1. Camping

A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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2. Staycation

You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

3. Island Getaway

People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

4. Fancy Resort

Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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5. Road Trip

The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

6. Charter a Boat

If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination.  You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions.  You’ll also be surrounded by people.  For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.

7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it.  Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity.  The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart.  Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house.  If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).

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8. Themed Retreats

There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

9. Working Honeymoon

Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation.  For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization.  You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc.  Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community.  Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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