Residential Property

Residential Property Search Engine Tools

Whether you're buying, selling, renting, researching an out of state market or keeping a keen eye on your local market. Here is a list of useful websites to help in your residential property search.


A popular search engine and a great resource for posting your “For Rent” ads. HotPads is also an excellent tool to research a rental market. Here is what the website has to say, ”At HotPads, we think that it should be easier to find your next home. That's why we're building the most comprehensive and interactive marketplace of real estate search. Combining powerful search tools, layers of data, and an innovative user interface, we're simplifying the housing search process and helping people make smarter housing decisions.” 

You’ve seen their ads on TV. Zillow is a home and real estate marketplace dedicated to helping homeowners, homebuyers, sellers, renters, real estate agents, mortgage professionals, landlords and property managers find and share vital information about homes, real estate, mortgages, and home improvement. We are transforming the way consumers make home-related decisions and connect with professionals. 

Is the leading online marketplace of foreclosure properties, with more than 1.5 million default, auction and bank-owned listings from over 2,200 U.S. counties, along with detailed property, loan and home sales data. 

Home Path is the branded name for the REO (Real Estate Owned) division of mortgage lender Fannie Mae. Homes that were financed with Fannie Mae guaranteed mortgages but go into foreclosure become the property of Fannie Mae. To promote the sale of Fannie Mae's owned properties, the lending companies offer special mortgage programs. Home Path mortgages are available to both owner-occupant buyers and investors, however there are restrictions on the Home Path renovation mortgages, which are intended for homeowner occupied properties. To learn more about the Home Path Programs visit

  • Down payments can be as low as 3 percent and can be borrowed funds.
  • Relaxed credit qualification standards
  • Choice of fixed-rate or adjustable-rate loans
  • No mortgage insurance.
  • No appraisal of the property is required. 

With a suite of easy-to-use marketing tools that advertise listings across a network of top real estate websites and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), how-to guides and live customer support, we've been the leading "by owner" real estate website in the U.S. since 1999. 

Craigslist is a free web based classified ad for everything from A-Z. It is an excellent tool for the real estate investor to search for “FISBOs” (For Sale by Owner) listings and realtor posted MLS listings. Craigslist is also an awesome free marketing tool for your rentals, gold mine ads etc. 

Trulia is an online residential real estate site for homebuyers, sellers, renters and real estate professionals. It lists properties for sale and rent as well as neighborhood information and community insights. It has an excellent research tool for locating “hot” real estate markets.

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