The Real Estate Industry like all others, is changing very rapidly, primarily due to technology. Consumers now have greater tools to do much of their shopping online. This can be both good and bad. Good, if you want to see a lot of properties without having to leave the comfort of your home. Bad, if you are going to rely on internet sites to predetermine property values. Many sites like Zillow are offering home value estimates, which very often are dramatically off from the real market values, sometimes as much as 35%. The data used is often outdated and not accurate. Once you narrow your search you should rely on the experience of a Real Estate professional. Realtors know the local market, they do this every day. They have access to the latest local data, and know the local neighborhoods, as well as current trends. Your Realtor should be your guide through the complex and detailed home-buying or selling process. Choose wisely, you have a lot of money at risk.