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New-home hunting on the Web

What's the scoop on new construction Web sites?

Enter "new homes" into a Google search and you'll see a list of Web sites that range from newspapers that showcase new properties online, to individual builders' sites, to sites specializing in new-home listings in the United Kingdom. You'll also see Web sites that focus exclusively on new homes across a wide spectrum of U.S. locations. Inman News conducted a search for new homes in Charlotte, N.C., to test a handful of new-homes Web sites. The visited sites include: Homebuilder.com, JustNewHomes.com, iNest.com, NewHomeGuide.com and NewHomes.com. It's difficult to compare the number of listings each site contained because each structured its searches differently. Some simply searched for all home types, from single-family to condos, while others enable users to specify which type, but did not allow a search for more than one type at a time. Others simply didn't list how many results a search netted. Homebuilder.com Homebuilder.com allows viewers to first search new homes or manufact...

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