Your best source is your local Realtor!
Call and ask if she/he has more information on a piece of property
that you are interested in.
Generally, most websites ask for a registration and some websites charge monies.
Those companies also pay for retrieving the information and preparing the website as
an easy access of the information for consumers, which can benefit them if used wisely.
Good luck to you on your search.
Besides, Weesh--and others who have the same question--you don't buy property that way, anyway. RealtyTrac and similar services don't sell a single home. Not a single condo. Not a single anything. All they sell is information that you can get for free.
What part of "free" do the people who willingly pay for those services not understand?
My guess is that, besides your credit card concerns (which I share, by the way), you are also thinking of doing some initial property browsing before settling for a Realtor-Broker/Salesperson.
If so, I suggest you first visit Realtor.com; that is the official site for the National Association of Realtors. You will have free (authentically free) and unfettered access to as much information on any property as you will need at this stage.
For more robust home search, I agree that you will need to take the next step; do some due diligence and select a Realtor-Broker or Salesperson in tune with your preferences to partner with you in your effort.
You can always visit the website of the California Association of Realtors (or your local Association of Realtors) and talk to live contacts in the process of making your ultimate Realtor selection. Trusted referrals from your friends and relations are helpful, too.
Yomi ADEPOJU, MS Banking & Finance; Doctoral Student, Business Administration
(Broker; DRE # 01360998)
EZHomeRLoan, Inc (DRE # 01488144)
Working with an experienced Realtor/Broker is the key to getting the information you need about buying/selling a home. If someone is asking you to pay for something it's probably a scam. Most agents don't require you to register either. You can search on our site at http://www.jscarealty.com/home-search/ with no obligation. You only need to register if you want to receive updates.
Erica Jones Starkey
JSCA Real Estate Group
Providing Superior Solutions for Your Individual Real Estate Needs
It depends what type of information you want to get.
If you are looking for pre-foreclosures, you need to set up an account with companies such as RealtyTrac or ForeclosureRadar.com. They will want you to pay for the info.
However, you can establish a relationship with a Realtor with an account to a foreclosure data site and they can provide you with information at no charge.
If you want specific information on current listings or tax information, a local Realtor is the best source of data - and there is no charge.