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A Website Time Machine - Oh, How Far Online Real Estate Has Really Come!

Ever feel like you keep hearing about the same real estate topics in the media over and over again.  And wonder, why are we stuck talking about this subject.  Has any progress really been made? 

Sometimes if you step back and look in the rear view mirror, you can see just how far the real estate community has come.  wwww.archive.org is a site dedicated to building a digital library of the history of popular websites.  You can enter a web address into their "wayback machine" and get a snapshot of what a site looked like in years past.  When you see where sites like http://www.realtor.com/ started, it is easier to see how far they have come.  Fun to even look how much Zillow has changed in the 16 months since its launch. 

Many times the pictures don't load well on the site, but you will get the main idea. 

Realtor.com-  Janaury 3, 2001 - http://web.archive.org/web/20010105182500/http://www.realtor.com/  (check out the little "search for a home" box in the upper left hand corner)

January 24, 2002 - http://web.archive.org/web/20011217043526/www.realtor.com/default.asp?hm=on&poe=realtor  (guess they figured out people wanted to primarily search for homes on a real estate website)

January 4, 2003 - http://web.archive.org/web/20030603224911/realtor.com/Default.asp?poe=realtor  (for the most part, this layout stuck until this year)

Zillow.com     November 24, 2004 - http://web.archive.org/web/20041121055020/http://www.zillow.com/ (what was the site going to be???  Top secret at this time)

February 9, 2006 - http://web.archive.org/web/20060209020550/http://zillow.com/ (the pictures load funny, but a lot of progress has been made in a year)

Others Worth Noting 

HomeGain- May 10, 2000 - http://web.archive.org/web/20000510005354/http://www.homegain.com/

ActiveRain.com - July 9, 2005 - http://web.archive.org/web/20051028051122/activerain.com/

Remax.com - August 15, 2000- http://web.archive.org/web/20000815105139/http://www.remax.com/index.html

Homes.com- May 30, 2000 - http://web.archive.org/web/20000530222829/http://www8.homes.com/

Realestate.com - March 1, 2000 - http://web.archive.org/web/20000301172838/http://www.realestate.com/

Craigslist.com - November 10, 1999 - http://web.archive.org/web/19991110033547/http://www.craigslist.com/ (when Craig used to just be a San Fran thing)

Feel free to post any fun links you discover on the website! 

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Comment balloon 6 commentsSara Bonert • January 29 2008 04:44PM


Is it coincidence that you picked my birthday for the date you looked at ActiveRain? That version of the site was just an ad for the original ActiveRain which was a lead management system for brokers to hook into their site...........not nearly as successful as what it would become upon official launch in June of 2006 :)

Well thanks a lot........I'll be playing on this the rest of the night............:) 

Posted by Bob Stewart, ActiveRain Ambassador (ActiveRain) over 12 years ago
Very cool, Sara.  I can't wait to check these links out.
Posted by Stefan Scholl, Northern Michigan Real Estate (Buyer's Broker of Northern Michigan, LLC) over 12 years ago

Amazing at how quickly this technology is changing as more people jump inot the fray

Kathy Anderson

Posted by Kathy Anderson, Arizona Homes For Sale, Sun City Grand (Arizona Luxury & Lifestyle Living) over 12 years ago
Wow- I thought Craigslist had been around forever... How did people find tenants before it???? People don't really look at the classified section in newspapers anymore, do they?
Posted by The Property Pundit over 12 years ago
Ha!  I know I have paid a lot of finding services a full one month's rent!  Beyond real estate, I was wonder how people got directions or looked up a number to order pizza before the internet?  The other day my internet went down for a few hours and I felt like I was cut off from the whole world and it was hard for life to go on!  :) 
Posted by Sara Bonert, Real Estate Internet Marketing (Zillow) over 12 years ago

Sara, I don't want to look back, but I'm counting on you for keeping me focussed on the future.

Bill Roberts

Posted by Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate) over 12 years ago