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Sites to Help You Sell Your House Online

Updated on September 23, 2014

Free Real Estate Sites Can Help You Sell Your House Online

Whether you've decided to sell your house yourself or are working with a Realtor, you can increase the chances of selling your house by making sure it gets as much exposure as possible. These sites will help. And they're (almost) all free. (Psst! Realtors, these sites can also help you market your clients' properties - and help you stand out in the crowd of real estate agents.)

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How to Use Online Marketing to Help Sell Your House Faster

Sites FSBO sellers or Realtors can use to give your home more exposure

I recently had to sell my house and move. As I searched for a good Realtor, I discovered that most of them knew a LOT about real estate, but very little about online marketing - even the ones with an e-PRO certification from the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

I finally chose an excellent ZipRealty agent who had expertise in real estate, but was willing to let me use my eight years in online advertising to promote the house online. My house sold in less than a month (in August 2007).

Granted, the house was priced right (based on my Realtor's recommendation) and was in good condition, but I believe the exposure it received from the extra online advertising also played a part in getting buyers to the house.

Sales is all about numbers. The more people who see your house, the more likely it is to sell. So I hope these sites are helpful in helping you find more eyeballs to view your place. In this market, every little bit helps.

Zillow

Free home listings for sellers or agents on a top real estate site

Zillow is one of those sites that make home sellers glad the Internet was invented. It's uncluttered, fast, extremely useful and, best of all, free. Sellers or agents can post a house for sale and upload photos, highlight features, and add a description.

Zillow provides aerial photos and maps of the neighborhood, as well as neighborhood comps, estimated homes values and more. And even if you've never heard of this site, many others have. Alexa ranks it as the second-most popular real estate guide (behind NAR's Realtor.com). And did I mention it's free? Be sure to check this one out.

Craiglist

But don't settle for the typical ad formatting

Craigslist is enormously popular in some areas and not so popular (or perhaps unavailable) in others. But if you're in or near a metropolitan area served by Craigslist, you'll definitely want to post your listing here.

The best way is to use Postlets.com. Postlets will let you create a much more graphically pleasing ad for Craigslist (and other classified sites) that should help draw attention to your home. You'll still need to submit your ad through Craigslist once you create it on Postlets, but it's a simple cut and paste operation.

Google Base

The monster search engine's little-known classified site

Google has become a household word, but its free classified site, Google Base, is not nearly as well known. But if you want to ensure that your house for sale information is found by Google - and quickly! - then this site is for you. Don't be discouraged if you end up on the page for real estate professionals. Home sellers can post their own listings with permission from their agent by using the One at a Time posting form. You'll just need a free Google account to post your listing.

You can also submit your ad through Postlets.com, which is described above.

Kijiji

A classified site from eBay

Sure, we've all heard of eBay, but Kijiji? It doesn't roll off the tongue as easily and it's definitely easy to mistype, but if this site does as well as parent company eBay, this will soon be the classified site everyone is talking about.

You can upload information about your house with up to four photos. And if you include the address, Kijiji will also display the Mapquest location of your home for sale.

If You're Going to Sell Your House Without a Realtor...

A great resource for FSBOs

The real estate advertising sites listed above are available for anyone trying to sell a house, whether you are working with a Realtor or going it alone.

But if you're thinking about selling without a Realtor, be sure to check out ForSalebyOwner.com. They offer a free downloadable e-book with tips on selling your home without a real estate agent, which is great reading for anyone considering the do-it-yourself-route.

Once you decide to sell your own house, you can advertise the property online at ForSaleByOwner.com. Pricing depends on your location, but the site offers a variety of plans. You can choose monthly billing or "until sold" billing plans, and options include yard signs, flyers, and listing in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).

All ads allow you to include up to six photos of your property, a 1000-word description, and the ability to upload a virtual tour.

Sell Your Home Books for Those Going the FSBO Route - If you plan to sell your house yourself, you may want to take some advice from these books.

Tips on How to Sell Your House Faster - Video advice on selling your house in a down market

10 Tips to Increase Your Home's Curb Appeal

Whether you're offering your home as For Sale By Owner or using a Realtor, these tips will help

Does your house have good "curb appeal?" That's the term used to describe the first impression potential buyers have when they drive up and see your house for the first time. Here are a few tips to make sure buyers still want to see the inside after seeing the outside.

1. Mow and edge the lawn and trim the bushes.

2. Add fresh bark or mulch to any flower beds.

3. Clear rock beds of leaves or debris.

4. Sweep the front porch and knock down cobwebs.

5. Pressure clean spots in your driveway.

6. Wash all the windows.

7. Give the house a fresh coat of paint.

8. Clean and/or paint the front door.

9. Add fresh flowers to flower beds or in pots on the front porch.

10. Replace any burned-out lightbulbs in exterior fixtures.

More Home Staging Tips

If You Want to Use a Realtor...

Great sites to help you find a Realtor - perhaps at a discount

Most people who choose to sell their own homes rather than use a real estate agent do so because they want to save money.

There are many good reasons to use a Realtor, including help with pricing, staging and negotiating, as well as simply handling incoming phone calls and inquiries. A good Realtor can be worth his or her weight in gold.

On the flip side, nobody wants to part with 6% of their home's selling price if their Realtor hasn't done a good job. So how do you find a good Realtor and maybe even save some money?

The best place to start is with your friends and family. Do they have recommendations? Real-world referrals are the best way to find a good Realtor.

But if no one in your close circle can help, the Web can. Look for recommendations about Realtors on sites such as AgentMachine.com, RealEstateRatingZ, and Yelp.com.

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      tyreece 2 years ago

      I've found my answer here http://www.cashforhomesohio.com

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      Shaira 2 years ago

      This article is very informative. I will have to try zillow and kijiji as well. Thanks! Oh, and just sharing, I've found this site interesting too for selling houses. Check it out! https://www.bestcebucondos.com

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      chookyco 3 years ago

      In the UK we have PropertyLadder.org, Zoopla.com, RightMove.com HouseWeb.co.uk as online property portals

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      laffeyfinehomes 3 years ago

      It is still best to engage the services of a professional and reliable Realtor to easily get an approved contract (if buying) or getting a successful sale of your home. Real estate can be such a daunting experience and requires a detailed knowledge of the whole selling process. Consider getting Laffey Homes' free market analysis and property evaluation.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Buy real estate without a credit check at www.nocreditcheckhouseshomes.com

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The problem (serious) with Zillow is they have what's called a "zestimate" it can destroy your chances of selling your home and invites lookers who waste your time & don't have the means to pay the assessed market value of your home. Our experience with them has been a nightmare. Zillow continually drops the "zestimate" for our home, $31,000 in just 2 weeks, for no reason. The comps in the area are right in line with our assessed value. We have contacted them a dozen times, they will not respond to give us a reason why they're dropping the value of our home when NOTHING has changed. They refuse to correct inaccurate & erroneous information as well. They have caused so much trouble for us I feel obligated to warn anyone who may consider using them. Unless you want to give your house away, stay far far away from Zillow.

      **Zillow also took over my agents listing for our home, is dropping the value and posted incorrect info about our home to their website.

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      Buyers and sellers certainly have more options now than they did before the World Wide Web was invented!

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      Wow great information, I'm pinning it so I can find it when I need it.

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      einah29 4 years ago

      These websites are all useful when it comes to FSBO. A lot of homeowners will benefit from these websites as they can sell their properties on their own.

      www.realprivate.com.au/about/for-sale-by-owner-fsbo-background/

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      Barbara Walton 4 years ago from France

      I'm selling a house in France so will have a look at these to see if any would help me.

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      yasminpretty 4 years ago

      property.sulekha.com is a great website to buy,sell/rent property online

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      cleantheroof 4 years ago

      Many home owners over look the appearance of their home. For example does their roof need cleaned? Or does the home or deck need pressure washing? You can lose thousands of dollars if a potential buyer thinks you need a new roof when it needs cleaned. Check out our site and see the difference cleantheroof.com

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      pauly99 lm 4 years ago

      As a former real estate investor who bought and sold countless homes, I often did so without the use of a real estate agent. Now I'm not recommending that you do the same but I had tremendous luck posting a video up on Youtube and posting a like to that video as well as pictures each and every day on Craigslist.

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      lana22 4 years ago

      Craiglist is a very good website to sell apartment or house. But don't forget to add some pics to your add!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What about selling properties Internationally, check the list above and only CL is for other countries. Any suggestions please?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yea those are great but there is new better sites available for free now. My personal favorite is:

      ZidoZone.com

      They are so professional and I just love the layout of their page. Users can also click on your profile and see all the other listings you may have.

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      TonyBurnell 4 years ago

      For those who are looking for a great industry to get involved in, the real estate industry is one of the best. This industry allows anyone to get involved and it is an industry that will never go out of style.

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      BarbaraAnn13 4 years ago

      Your lens has given me other directions to follow Thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      You can also try kombee.net.

      It's free and you can manage your listing

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      StMoores 4 years ago

      Great Lens, thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Good Lense. The only thing that I would disagree with is Craigslist. It has become a Spam Haven for desperate real estate agents. Mainly Keller Williams agents. Every time I try to post an ad for my house fsbo it gets lost in the spam real estate agent ads.I counted 7 out of 100 legit ads by either owners or ads actually advertising a home. And these people want us to pay them $10,000 + to sell a house.

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      loyddonald 4 years ago

      Great lense! A lot of helpful tips and sites.

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      richardsamige 4 years ago

      Great Site Online Estate Agent Blog here

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      BillyPilgrim LM 4 years ago

      Hey, great site, thanks for sharing x

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      Unusualhomes 4 years ago

      I think online real estate is ultimately where it is going to go - instead of paying for the upkeep of someones shop!

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      WORTHUNLIMITEDACCOUNT 4 years ago

      Great lense! If you don't MARKET only you know its for sale like Blinking your eyes in Dark only you know it..Thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      RE: FSBOs - Books by Bill Bronchick are highly recommended. RE: Home staging - You left out the part about feng shui tips for home staging to help sell the property. (Just kidding.) Great lens!

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      PagesofHomes 5 years ago

      Great lens with some really interesting information. A couple sites we will be checking out......

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks so much for sharing this information, especially the 10 tips to increase my houses curb appeal. Getting into being able to sell homes can be hard if you don't know what to do. And that is how I was I have not a clue of what to do but after reading this I feel a lot more confident! Thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for the info; i would have searched 2 hours to find this!!!!

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      randki 5 years ago

      Great job, i did something similar

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Years ago I sold for sale by owner my rent home. I put up a sign For sale by owner and I was contacted and given confirmation on the price I was asking. I have already got my house listed on Craig's list along with two

      photos. I am selling my house as is because I am a single female trying to sell my home and move to Colorado. I do not wish to go thru a realton.

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      texoma4rent 5 years ago

      Awesome lens! Thanks for sharing this great info!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great advice!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very true - you can't sell a secret. You have to advertise your home where most of the buyers are looking!

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      KandH 5 years ago

      Great ideas here, thanks!

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      AskLou1 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing all of this! Great lens!

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      Bigdaddyguru 5 years ago

      Some useful info here, I liked your lens

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      bbires 5 years ago

      Nice lens with useful information

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      JimDickens 5 years ago

      Wow this is some great information

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I would try with craigslist first, and use zillow as an overall value on what you can get for your house. Then afterposting it on craigslist, try redfin to sell your house. The traditional realtor will commission more than at redfin.

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      sellhousefastusa 5 years ago

      Nice resources you are providing home owners

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      tnsurge 5 years ago

      Very valuable information. The economy and housing problems make it more and more difficult to sell using an agent and their commission. However, today with nearly 90% of buyers using the internet in their search, it has become common to do For Sale By Owner transactions. Tons of material is online for buyers and sellers alike and with the help of an attorney or a good title company the transaction can be fast, smooth and save everyone thousands. Check out my new biz www.homesbyowner.com/elizabethtown

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      alicia65 5 years ago

      great collection of cool sites for possible online house sale.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow these are some great resources. Thanks for sharing.

      Homeview Sioux Falls

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      monakoussa 5 years ago

      Great insight, marketing online sells homes. To help sell listings fast and for the most money, I sometimes use Pay Per Click. Costly but effective.

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      Bigdaddyguru 5 years ago

      Great lense thanks for the info

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      Propertyshowrooms 6 years ago

      Great lens, shame no mention of www.propertyshowrooms.com international property portal

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks Anna,

      Good list of sites... I've used emoov.co.uk ... thumbs up!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks Anna,

      Good list of sites... I've used emoov.co.uk... thumbs up!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Some Good Info!

      But there are also other leading online estate agents such as:

      http://www.rightmove.co.uk

      http://www.emoov.co.uk

      http://zoopla.co.uk

      More popular sites will give properties more exposure, and more likely to sell more quickly.

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      8Dima9 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing the information's.

      Thumbs up to this lens.

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      legalgoto 6 years ago

      Good lens. Thanks for the information.

      Brian Gormley

      Cornerstone Properties & Financial Services, LLC

      Stop foreclosure in DC-Maryland-Virginia

      http://capitolshortsale.com/

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      bearlakerealestate 6 years ago

      Great posts, nice work. Keep it coming.

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      LiquidGranite1 6 years ago

      Great information! One thumbs up.

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      Jenny18 6 years ago

      Nice lens and you have provided very good info well done, and keep writing on such a good topics, there is also one another website which helps to buy or sell property that is: http://www.propertycluster.com

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      focused007 6 years ago

      Great Lens! Great Information!

      Grow your Real Estate Network & Education. www.thereiwealthnetwork.com

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      informationdan 6 years ago

      Instead of using Postlets for craigslist consider starting a property blog and using the postlet posting on the blog where you can incorporate video and lead capture elements. Use a very simple ad on Craigslist to drive traffic to the blog post. The problem with using postlets on Craigslist is you give away all the information and then have no way to capture leads.

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      informationdan 6 years ago

      A couple more ideas on curb appeal.

      1. Take the front picture a short stepladder so you can see the front sidewalk going up to the door.

      2. Take the screens off for the front pictures. The screens keep light from reflecting off of the glass and cause the windows to look dull.

      3. Spray the front mulched areas with water before taking the pictures. It will make the mulch darker.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Yes, I was thinking the same thing. Man this person put in a lot of great resources.

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      privatehouse 6 years ago

      great lense

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      Anahid LM 6 years ago

      Hi great information , My husband and I trying to sell our house in State of Washington, We will use Google base to advertise our house. Thanks all the best. Anna

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      TopRealtor 6 years ago

      Great information, here is another way to find a top Realtor. Choosing one of the best performing Realtors in your market can have a huge difference too!

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      charle lm 6 years ago

      Nice lens , it will help more people , I also wrote a lens about bankruptcy and would like you to read it , thanks

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      charle lm 6 years ago

      e Short Refinance

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thanks for the list, went to a few of the mentioned sites and found them helpful, especially Kijiji and ChoiceA Real Estate.

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      JennySui 7 years ago

      This is a great lens. 5 stars for you

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      thanks for making this web site it is very helpful

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      trying to sell our town-home in Raleigh, N.C. This site gave my wife and I different sites to post our for sale on.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great list of resopurces for moving a home in this economy... thanks for doing the research and putting it together for us...

      cheers,

      jp

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      jain82 8 years ago

      Great Lens Five***** for your Lens Real Estate Listings

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Love the lens. A great find for me as I am about to put my house on the market.

      If you have time check out my site Buy My House.

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      FsboHelper 8 years ago

      Very informative and that is what FSBO sellers need. I will add this on my lens page.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      great info on how to sell your home! however, if you want to effectively sell your house, you can try to hire home stagers or you can learn how to become a home stager by yourself! Who knows,you can be a home stager earning money....anyone who are interested are invited to learn how to start a home staging business aside from using it to sell your own house! anyway, thanks for sharing this lens! It gave me more info on how to sell your own house!

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      Cheryl Kohan 9 years ago from Minnesota

      This is a wonderful lens! I'm lensrolling it to my home staging lens and making it a favorite. Great job!

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      massrealty 9 years ago

      Excellent lense for the FSBO crowd.

      Bill Gassett

      RE/MAX Executive Realty

      Westboro

      Massachusetts Real Estate

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      DIYHomeSellerscomFSBO 9 years ago

      I would also appreciate it if you could check out my nationwide For Sale By Owner website and consider adding it to your list. Its fairly new but has some great technology and search engine friendly urls. http://www.diyhomesellers.com

      Since you seem to be a good web site critic I would like any feeback you can give me.

      Thanks so much!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Great site! Wish I had thought of it. Very informative.

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      tredaily 9 years ago

      thanks for this resource. it was well documented and worth a read!

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      tdove 9 years ago

      Great resource. I wish I had this information when I sold my house.

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      driewe 9 years ago

      Great Lens, you get 5 stars!

      Real Estate Auctions

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      taylormay 9 years ago

      Great, informative site. Will add it as a featured lens on my page.

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      ShortSaleRealtor 9 years ago

      great information 5 stars 4 u