The housing market is bouncing back, but prices are still low in many areas so it's a good time to buy. Of course, you don't want to just drive around looking for "For Sale" signs. It won't tell you much about the cost and you might miss a fantastic deal just one street over.
Fortunately, there are Internet sites that make it easy to scope out potential buys. The same tools can also help you keep an eye on the value of your home in case you want to see if it's a good time to sell or not. Let's take a look at one site that gives you all the information you could want.
The site is called Homes.com. On the homepage, simply type in your town to get a list of available homes. Then refine that list by ranking homes on any of several criteria, whether it's price, new listings, number of bedrooms, or homes on the site with virtual tour videos.
If you're in the market for low-cost homes, and don't mind the uncertainty of short sales or buying homes in foreclosure, click on the Foreclosures tab to find some great deals. To find out how much your house is worth, click on Home Values and type in your address.