USA Today had an article Friday about websites the consumer uses to access information about homes of interest to them. The article listed 5 websites. Of the 5 I had heard of 2 of them. Being a Realtor I use MLS but found it interesting to learn about what the consumer uses other than Realtor.com. Here's some info on the USA Today listed:
Have you heard of?
Zillow.com - I had heard of and used zillow.com to compare the accuracy of information. I believe it to be fairly accurate. If you get in areas where there are varying amounts of data - your data can be skewed.
Redfin.com - Redfin actually sells Real Estate being an online brokerage. Redfin is not available in most metro areas.
Realtor.com - I think this one MOST individuals have heard of and is the most common out of the 5.
HotPads.com - New to me. Great website to find homes to Rent or to buy.
Last but not least...PropertyShark.com - get details about prior sales, demographics of the neighborhood,etc. PropertyShark.com is from M-F from 3 to 6 only.
It is true most home buyers start their search on the internet. There is a plethora of information on each of these websites but the consumer can spend hours going through it. A good realtor would be able to get you specifics in just a few minutes with just a few clicks.