Searching for properties can be really fun, especially when you discover hidden gems that are reasonably priced and have unusual features. Here are ten great websites to find up-to-date home listings in Northern Virginia.
You can’t very well discuss home listings without mentioning Zillow. Zillow’s Virginia listings are extensive. There are over eighty thousand properties currently listed across the entire state. One of the most useful things about Zillow is that it lists properties both in the standard image and description form and as a red dot on a detailed map. The map listing is excellent for people who are considering moving but haven’t decided on a specific location. You might want to live near a forest park or a state line. Your unique requirements with regards to location are easily addressed by using the map feature.
Another great thing about Zillow is the fact that it will show you the very cheapest prices on the market. It is not uncommon to see a property on here for ten thousand. Sure, it might be an absolute wreck, but even people with the worst credit rating can dig up a sum that low and own a home, perhaps for the first time. The cheapest Virginia prices are usually around thirty thousand, if you refine the search to include two or more acres of land. Two acres and a property on site for thirty thousand? Not bad. Sometimes the on site property just needs some TLC, too.
Local and regional sites that list Northern Virginia properties are a must for real estate agents that don’t reshare their listings on national sites, but it is rare to find a better site than Zillow for cheap properties. This is because local and regional listings will sometimes intentionally omit the cheaper properties because they prefer to advertize the ones with higher commission. The same local website that showcases properties of 100 thousand and above have probably listed their ‘cheapies’ on Zillow without backlinking. This is the number one piece of information you should remember when searching for properties online.
Weichert is another national real estate listing website. It’s worth mentioning because it has an interesting feature. You can search for properties in Northern Virginia by region, county, or city. The price of properties listed here start at around seventy five thousand, so it doesn’t seem to have the same reach as Zillow with regards to finding the cheapest properties. Still, it’s aesthetically pleasing and easy to navigate.
The final national real estate listing website is Realtor. We all have our preferences when searching for properties. Realtor is kind of like the middle ground between Zillow and Weichert. Zillow is the best of the three if you’re really wanting to save a buck. Weichert is an enjoyable website experience and has a lot of nice touches. Realtor, then, is excellent for people who like to find out as much as they can about properties while browsing for them.
For example, when you type in ‘VA’ on the home page, you are brought to the Virginia listings page. Before you even begin to refine your search you are welcomed with fascinating information about the Virginia real estate market. The median listing price across the state is $230,000 or $109 per square foot, and the median closing price is $263,000.
Virginia Estates boasts a number of different types of property found throughout Northern Virginia: land, farms, residential, and commercial. It has a featured property section on the landing page. It also has nicely arranged sections that help you refine where you want to live, like Virginia riverfront and Virginia farmland.
Long and Foster
Long and Foster operate nationwide, but they are not like Zillow, Weichert, or Realtor. Instead, they are the nation’s number one privately owned real estate company. That’s an achievement in and of itself. As such, their website allows you to browse over three hundred thousand properties all across the country.
They have a really great ‘new finds’ section that highlights the most recent listings, and a very useful monthly mortgage calculator. You can find out what X amount per month will allow you to buy, so before having to go and assess your credit situation, you can simply find out at the click of a button how much house you can actually get for the amount you can afford.
Darren Robertson Homes
Darren Robertson Homes is the website of Darren Robertson, a Northern Virginia real estate agent. You can perform an advanced search that has nice features like the minimum number of bedrooms or the age of the property. Alternatively, you can look specifically for condos if that’s what you have your heart set one. Why not get a free home valuation while you’re browsing? That’s definitely a useful bonus.
The Dunleavy Group
The Dunleavy Group is the brainchild of Steve Dunleavy. It’s a highly functional site with some interesting features including a blog, a strategy for home buying, and over 62 thousand Northern Virginia real estate listings.
Premier Team gives a wonderful first impression. They have a global search function on one of the drop down menus, a feature that’s very rare on real estate sites. They are realtors who are licensed in numerous states, but their focus is on properties in the Northern Virginia and Maryland areas.
This site gets a mention for one major reason: it’s the only home search website that features every listing in real time using Multiple Listing Service software. MRIShomes currently lists properties in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC, and Delaware. This is definitely a site to watch.
Home State Realty
Home State Realty is the last, but by no means least, entry on the list. The appearance may be less easy on the eye than others, but what it lacks in aesthetics it certainly makes up for with content. The features include a bulletin board and a market analysis summary.
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