Founded in 2005 by two former Microsoft executives, Zillow (www.zillow.com) is an online real estate data base that provides a mortgage market place, advice, services for mobile devices, market reports and neighborhood boundary maps. It has information on its data base for more than 110 million homes in the United States including current for sale listings. It provides wealth of information including home value changes over time, comparable values, and basic information of a home gathered from public information. Zillow is also a good place to research on apartments too.
Even though Zillow announced on July 28, 2014 that it is buying Trulia (www.trulia.com) for $3.5 billion, it is still a viable Web site to get residential real estate information online. Many buyers, sellers, renters and real estate professionals use the site. Headquartered in San Francisco, Trulia has offices in New York City and Denver, Colorado. Once the Zillow acquisition completes, the combined company will dominate the online real estate market claiming more than 48 percent share.
Move, Inc. (www.move.com) was born from the late 1990 attempts by the National Association of Realtors. They renamed their original Website, Homestore, as Move and today it is the third largest Internet real estate site. It captures more than 15 million visitors a year.