Let’s see – when searching for homes in the 22901 zip code, the predominant zip in the Charlottesville area, which one is most “accurate”?
The Charlottesville MLS is not sexy. It is not nearly as cool, neat, or “hot” as the rest, but it has something that the others don’t – most of the listings. As much as I’d like to have the tools that Trulia, Zillow and Cyberhomes have, perhaps one day the local MLS will evolve … or maybe not. But for now, I’ll take having the most comprehensive listing of homes for sale over admittedly very cool displays of information.
A fundamental difference between the MLS and these other sources – the MLS is only about properties, whereas Trulia has blogs, neighborhood resources, heat maps, and more. Zillow is becoming more and more of a media company as much as a home “valuation” company.
The Charlottesville Area Multiple Listing service weighs in at …*
369 homes on the market in the 22901 Zip Code!
I’ll take function over form every day of the week. That being said, the lead won’t last.
* as of 11 September 2008. This is a scheduled post; I don’t think much will have changed in 17 days.
Edit 30 September 2008: Bumped to the top to highlight the comments. Buyers/Sellers – your thoughts?