what are your favorite websites (or other resources) for finding homes for sale in the SF Bay area? Thanks!

Asked by Beth, San Francisco, CA Sun Nov 25, 2007

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Deborah Madey, Agent, Brick, NJ
Sun Nov 25, 2007
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Have you tried the Real Estate Guide section of Trulia? I would love to hear your feedback. No, I do not work for Trulia.

Recent buyers have told me they like to combine use their favorite Realtor's websites, along w/ Realtor.com (most lisitngs), Trulia (helpful w/ detailed data, but less listings) and Zillow (the mapping features). Beware of Zillow's valuations as they are not accurate. Buyers tell me they like Zillow for mapping.

You can sign up for automatic email updates through a local Realtor. I do not service your area, but if you reach out to one of the Pros here on this thread, they can probably set it up for you. This provides you an automatic notification any time a new property comes on the market that matches your criteria.

Good Luck
Deborah
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Pam Winterba…, Agent, Danville, VA
Sun Nov 25, 2007
Best place to search for properties in the Bay Area or Northern California is ca.mlsalliance.com. You may need a Realtor to set you up initially. It has everything that is listed on the MLS.
Web Reference:  http://pamwinterbauer.com
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Michelle H, , Northern CA
Sun Nov 25, 2007
You should try craigslist - they have a large real estate for sale section.
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Sylvia Barry,…, Agent, Marin, CA
Sun Nov 25, 2007
Hi Beth;

Realtor.com and GreatHomes.org have all the listings on MLS but I don't think they show whether the listings are under contract or not.

On my website, you can search for Marin / Sonoma (North Bay) / San Francisco county homes and open houses are are listed on MLS.

Sylvia
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Carol Andres…, , Pittsburgh, PA
Sun Nov 25, 2007
I recommend GreatHomes.org or CaliforniaMoves.com
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Mario Pinedo,…, Agent, Cupertino, CA
Sun Nov 25, 2007
Realtor.com aggregates most mls listings from different and sometimes overlapping real estate boards. Or you can go to a personal website such as mine which will give you similar access. http://www.mariopinedo.com
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Kathryn Gold…, , San Francisco, CA
Thu Dec 13, 2007
Most real estate agents have their own websites today offering MLS access for all visitors. In addition, the SFAR offers free public access at http://www.sfarmls.com/. However, you will not see pendings, etc. To get the most visibility of what is going on at the mls, you should sign up for clean offer - a service offered by some agents FREE to their clients. If you would like me to send you a free invitation to have this access, please contact me through my website at http://www.sfGOLDENproperties.com.
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Scott Pierce, , San Francisco, CA
Thu Dec 13, 2007
If you are looking for condos or lofts: http://www.sfcondomap.com (legal disclaimer is that this is my site that has had over 3,000 hits this month alone) focusing on mostly new construction and conversion buildings.
Web Reference:  http://www.sfcondomap.com
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Melanie Nard…, , San Francisco, CA
Thu Dec 13, 2007
I've gotten great feedback from clients who love cleanoffer.com; it's basically our San Francisco mls, but in a much cleaner, easier user interface and you can save searches and access it via your mobile.
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Susan, Home Buyer, San Francisco, CA
Tue Dec 4, 2007
Ziprealty.com, redfin.com, craigslist.org, and patrick.net
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Beth, Home Buyer, San Francisco, CA
Tue Dec 4, 2007
Thanks all, you've been a huge help! :) Happy holidays!
-Beth
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Mountain Rain, Home Owner, 95014
Tue Dec 4, 2007
I always use http://www.mlslistings.com and I found my home that way! Data is very up to date (15 minute refresh rate) with open house info. I never missed a beat using that website to find my home.
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Jed Lane, Agent, Petaluma, CA
Mon Nov 26, 2007
Realtor.com then Trulia has my vote. Craigslist has too much junk mixed in with any area search and they don't have as many pictures.
I, like most Realtors have a search function in my web site that I pay for and will search nationally.
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