Real estate websites: Who makes the grade?

  • 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.