Yahoo! Real Estate can help users locate available properties all over the country. Users can also obtain information on mortgages, finance topics, neighborhoods and more. The user can begin by searching for properties by location. Users can toggle between foreclosures, apartments for rent, new homes and homes for sale. Additional criteria can be added including a price range, number of bedrooms and number of bath rooms required. The Yahoo Real Estate homepage also presents the user with a national real estate market snapshot as well as access to a national mortgage rates and payment calculator. Guides and advice are available related to buying and selling homes. The user can also maintain a Yahoo Real Estate profile to set up alerts and save homes and searches.
Yahoo Real Estate belongs to the Yahoo family of websites and applications. The website was launched in June of 1998. The application was intended to help users search for available properties and rentals that match their specifications. The site has grown to include mortgage calculators, financial data, maps and valuation tools.
Yahoo Real Estate covers a diverse collection of tools and information that the average home seller or buyer can use. The website provides users with calculators that help them determine how much they can afford, how much to expect to pay and how much their property may be worth. Users can also search for current listings and access guides that help take some of the mystery out of the real estate industry.
Yahoo Real Estate welcomes users with a primarily blue and green color scheme. An olive green header bar provides the user with links to the find a home tool, finance and mortgage area, neighborhood info search, guides and advice and the user’s account tools. A search bar is also available in the upper, right hand corner that allows the user to search the web by keyword. The center of the main page presents the user with a search tool while the real estate market snapshot and mortgage calculator are positioned near the bottom.
A visitor is not required to sign up for a Yahoo account to access the information and listings available on Yahoo Real Estate. Users who would like to save searches and listings or set up alerts will have to create an account. This can be done by clicking the black “Register” link in the upper, left hand corner of the page (above the site logo). The registration form on the following page asks for a first and last name, gender, date of birth, country location, postal code, Yahoo ID, password, two security questions and answers as well as an optional alternate email address. Users can also click one of three color icons in the upper, right hand corner of the form to access Yahoo Real Estate with a Facebook or Google account.
Yahoo Real Estate is available to all users for free. The information found on the website is obtained through free online resources, so requiring a fee would be asking a bit much of site visitors. Users can search as often as they like and set up alerts without paying anything for the opportunity. Real estate broker have to pay to advertise or place their listings to Yahoo! Real Estate.
Yahoo Real Estate is a helpful resource for anyone who is selling a property or looking for one. The site covers both homes that are for sale as well as rental properties. Users can narrow their search using filters or calculate mortgage payments and check the status of the overall real estate market.