Researching On Your Own
Online websites like Zillow.com are a great place to begin to determine how long a house has been up for sale. Let’s take a look at how Zillow works.
Once you’re on the home page, (see the screenshot to the left) you’ll find a blank area where you can search for just about anything—a specific address, a neighborhood, cities and states. If you have a home in mind, then type in the entire address, for example 123 Any Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15232.
By hitting the “Go" button, your search will show the house you already know is for sale but want to also know how long has this house been on the market. I chose one home I knew was for sale, 5974 Alder Street in the Shadyside area of Pittsburgh.
Once you click on the listing, scroll down to the bottom of the page where you’ll find a “Price History" for the home. For our home on Alder Street (see screenshot to the right), we can see items like when it was last sold, listed and if there were any price increases or decreases. Here, our Alder Street home was listed on February of 2011, the 17th to be exact, so we know that his home has been up for sale for only a few days. You can also find the Realtor who is the listing broker on Zillow.
Other websites that offer up the same service include Trulia and Oodle, but make sure you have address of home you want to inquire about before you perform a search.
Screenshots by author courtesy of Zillow