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5 Best Websites For Your House-Hunting Project

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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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