Last Updated: October 12, 2015 0

Using REALTOR.com to Find Your Dream Home

Found In: Real Estate

Considered as the “world’s largest real estate database”, REALTOR.com is the official website of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) which works for America’s property owners. Their website provides information and decision support tools for both the clients and real estate professionals to guide them through the home-buying process. REALTOR.com presents millions of home listings that are either for sale or for rent. They also have information and services regarding mortgage rates, home loans, home buying and moving help, and REALTORS®.

REALTORS® are real estate agents who work for NAR and uphold its strict Code of Ethics. They are either residential or commercial brokers, salespeople, property managers, appraisers, counselors, or others who are engaged in the real estate business, and they actually offer their services via the REALTOR.com. You could find the nearest REALTOR® in your locality or someone from the place you want to choose your house from. The process of home-buying is pretty complex and tedious especially for first time home buyers. And that is when REALTORS® come in. They would be your guide and your consultant as you choose the best house for you.

REALTOR.com’s state-of-the-art services are accessible not just through your desktop but also through mobile real estate and rental app. This obviously is very useful since you could easily check out houses whenever, wherever you want.

How do I sign up for a REALTOR.com account?

Signing up for a REALTOR.com account is pretty straightforward. First, you would have to open the REALTOR.com site in your browser. Their website address is www.realtor.com. If you are unable to access the website via the link, simply copy and paste or just type this address in your browser’s URL bar then press Enter. Once you’ve opened their website, a sort of welcome window will come into view. You could set-up your preferred language and the country of your choice, or you could also choose to directly continue to REALTOR.com. Once you’re on their homepage, you’ll immediately see a “Sign Up” link in the upper right corner of the page. Click it and a “Sign Up” window will emerge right in the middle of the page. You surely can’t miss it! You would then need to fill in an existing and current email address of yours and a password. You could also choose to receive real estate and moving tips, promos, and news from REALTOR.com in your email. By clicking “Sign Up”, you automatically agree to REALTOR.com’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. But before doing so, you may want to actually read it just to be sure that you really agree with everything. If you find the terms and policy agreeable then you could click “Sign Up” to continue.

Another window will then open where you will be asked to fill in your First Name, the reason why you’re using the site, and your planned schedule of moving. But if you want to continue to REALTOR.com and start searching for home listings, you could also choose to fill up that information later.

On the other hand, you could also sign up for REALTOR.com if you have an existing Facebook account. Just click the “Sign Up with Facebook” option which is found on the same Sign Up window. Once you click it, a window will come into view stating what information REALTOR.com will access from your Facebook account. Once you click “Okay” to continue, you would then be automatically redirected to your REALTOR.com page and start searching for home and rental listings.

Costs involved

Though you can search for homes without registering, having a REALTOR.com account will allow you to do the following:

  • Get alerts on new listings, property updates, and open houses
  • Save your searches and favorite homes along with notes and ratings

Signing up is actually for free, so what would you have to lose if you try it?

Downloading and installing REALTOR.com’s mobile applications is also free of charge. You could choose to download Realtor.com® Real Estate app or the Realtor.com® Apartments app which are both compatible with iPhone and Android devices.

With Realtor.com® Real Estate App, you could:

  • Search houses for sale by school and school district
  • Get alerts on price changes for saved listings
  • Draw your own search with your fingertips
  • Add notes directly to real estate listings

On the other hand, Realtor.com® Apartments app offers these function for free:

  • Swipe big, beautiful photos of rental homes and apartments
  • Add your own photos and notes
  • Search for pet-friendly apartments, parking, and more
  • Email or call directly from the app

Searching For Homes and Properties

REALTOR.com have over 3 million listings of properties all over the US. When you search for properties on a certain area, you would first have to enter a zip code or an area. A list of diverse properties will then come into view that matched your specifications. Information and detailed descriptions of the property are also shown. You could also see photos of these properties which were taken from the outside and from the inside, so you get a better picture of the property you are interested in. REALTOR.com also offers virtual tours so it would feel like you’re actually visiting the house or apartment. Other information like directions on how to get there would also be shown. And if the results are too many, you could always lessen it by specifying other information about your desired property like the price, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and other property features. You may also sort the search results by featured tour, or photos.

Getting yourself acquainted with the site won’t actually take long. The functions are uncomplicated and easily accessible. REALTOR.com’s innovated services to property buyers and businesses make the home-buying process more efficient and faster. Their services give you, as a buyer, a greater chance in purchasing the best home especially with the help of REALTORS®. You have to admit that the home-buying business is really stressful, and REALTOR.com promises to make it easier for you.