• Consumer Reports recently released a review comparing Realtor.com, Redfin, Trulia and Zillow and found little uniqueness among their offerings.
  • The key difference between the websites is the multiple listing services (MLSs) they each use.
  • The sites pose their own strengths and weaknesses with regard to search tool reliability, emphasis on lifestyle factors and notification preferences.

Top real estate website competitors realtor.com, Redfin, Trulia and Zillow have more in common than they may want to admit -- and each property search service has limitations, according to a recent Consumer Reports review of the websites. The report, “Real Estate Websites Review: Virtual House Hunting,” researched those top four websites, finding little uniqueness among their offerings. The review is also available in the March 2016 print issue of Consumer Reports. All four websites are free, provide the same basic property information, allow users to filter searches by price range and other home features, and offer "save and share" listing options. But the key difference between the websites is the multiple listing services (MLSs) they each use, according to the report...