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When estimating a homes value there are many factors to consider. Always consult with a Real Estate Agent like myself to determine an appropriate starting point when listing your house for sale.

If you want some information before you consider talking with an agent these are some great starting points below to determine your homes pricing point. This helpful list is brought to you by USAToday.com

Zillow (www.zillow.com)

Type in your address — or any home you’re curious about — to see what the “Zestimate” is. If you’re a homeowner and disagree with a Zestimate, check to see if the facts about your home are wrong or out of date. You’re allowed to update your home facts, but you can’t remove your home from the site.

If you’re an investor or curious about what your home would fetch in monthly rent, Zillow also provides a Rent Zestimate for properties.

Keep in mind that estimates are only starting points. They’re no substitute for a professional appraisal or a comparative market analysis.

Trulia (www.trulia.com)

At Trulia, you can get an estimate of your home’s value simply by entering your address. Edit or add facts about your property if information is wrong or missing.

Trulia is an excellent tool if you’re house hunting. It’s helpful whether you’re looking to move across town or across the country. Search for homes for sale by city, state or zip code.

Trulia’s unique Heat Maps provide a graphic picture of an area’s sales, price trends and popularity. Adjust the Heat Map by neighborhood, city, county and state. You’ll also find school ratings, information about nearby businesses and comments from local residents. Have a question? Try asking it in the Q&A forum and get advice from a local real estate agent.

Realtor.com (www.realtor.com)

More than 900 Multiple Listing Services across the U.S. funnel home listings here — the official site of the National Association of Realtors. If you’re serious about selling your home and want an informative report on your home’s value and comparable sales in the neighborhood, this is the place to go.

Click past the front page and Realtor.com becomes a trove of information about mortgages, real estate trends and other topics. In the Home & Garden section, for instance, you’ll find advice about how to tackle common home improvement projects and save money on energy.

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