I am quite flattered that the Chicago Sun-Time’s SearchChicago-Homes Editor, Kay Severinsen, wrote about my post yesterday, “How Good are National Real Estate Websites for Searching for Homes for Sale?” in her article today, “This site tops for search results“.
Kay ran the same search for a house in Evanston priced between $400K and $500K with at least 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms on the SunTimes.com and the ChicagoTribune.com. She concluded that since her site returned 18 homes and the ChicagoTribune.com only returned 15, that her site is the “best bet”.
I respectfully disagree. The Sun-Times’ SearchChicago-Homes only returned 8 of the 13 homes I found when I ran that same search in Chicago’s multiple listing system. Thus, the site does not provide all homes listed in the Chicago Metro Area. In addition, it returned 5 multi-family properties. The search was for houses, not 2 flats and 3 flats. The SunTimes.com search also returned one listing under contract and 2 results for the same home, one with a price of $479K and another for the same house with a price of $439K.
ChicagoTribune.com did a little better returning 10 of the 13 homes listed. It also returned the same listing under contract and 3 homes with 1 1/2 baths, less than the 2 specified.
As I wrote yesterday, if you want access to all homes for sale listed in the Chicago Metro Area, use BairdWarner.com.