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Given the huge population of not only the world but also any given major metropolitan area, matching houses, condos and properties with the people they’re best suited to can be a major challenge for real estate professionals. While the market slows down and speeds up on a whim, the fact is that many thousands of newly listed properties can be found each day in a single big city alone.

When connecting your clients to the property of their dreams is a must, real estate agents who are in-the-know turn to the many invaluable search tools available across the internet. Whether you’ve got a favorite search tool or are venturing into online real estate tools for the first time, use our list of these five top-notch real estate search tools to help your business focus on what matters – making sales!

1. New York Times Real Estate Listings

New York Times Real Estate Listings

If you’re buying or selling property in the New York City area, there is no resource more efficient and information rich than the New York Times real estate listings. Still gracing the black and white pages of the newspaper itself, the listings are also offered on the New York Times website, featuring a slew of quick search and alerts features to keep you in the loop regarding new listings in your favorite neighborhoods.

New York Times Real Estate Listings

2. Trulia

Trulia

For a full-featured experience aimed at property buyers and sellers in the United States, there is no online tool more suitable than Trulia. The service covers a wide range of areas including New York, San Diego, Los Angeles, Dallas real estate, etc. An entirely realty-focused website, Trulia offers features like integrated Google Maps with satellite view, seemingly endless search field possibilities, search saving and alerts, a full-fledged community to gain insight from and an extensive collection of real estate selling and purchasing guides – all with a membership that is absolutely free!

3. MLS

MLS

The king of real estate listings in North America, independently owned MLS offers search-centric websites for both Americans and Canadians with a database of listed properties larger than other any in the world! Offering deep search capabilities alongside an interface aimed solely at real estate listings, MLS allows you to gather detailed information about any property at a glance, providing easy-to-use photo galleries, all aimed at eliminating the need to make first contact with a buyer or seller simply to gather basic information.

Membership to MLS does come at a price given its completeness and real estate agents and avid flippers may find the added benefits worth the price; for the rest of us, searching, viewing and contacting is entirely free of charge and without limitations.

4. Craigslist

Craigslist

Reaching every corner of the world and drawing millions of real estate patrons each month, the long-popular Craiglist is a great spot to find deals and steals from owner-listed properties. Its inherent freeness does make Craigslist a draw for those looking to take advantage but a bit of awareness and a willingness to search promises you gems that cannot be found anywhere else in many cases.

5. Kijiji

Kijiji

Not terribly popular in the United States, eBay’s Craigslist alternative has proven to be a hotbed of real estate listings in many other parts of the world, most notably Canada. The ability to list for free means that many self-sellers utilize the platform and the ability to easily include galleries gives Kijiji a leg up on Craiglists where details and photos are concerned. Like Craiglist, Kijiji is broken down by city so zoning in on a particular area of interest is a breeze!

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Are you of the widespread opinion that anything and everything can be found on the internet, at the touch of a button, and for free?

If so, you’re far from alone. In fact, the internet has evolved into such an incredible hub of instantaneous information that some scientists believe it’s affecting our memory.

However, while everything from how to cook the perfect steak through to the answers to life’s big questions are all available at our fingertips, there’s one thing that remains exceedingly difficult to find online: step-by-step advice on how to troubleshoot your car.

Yet don’t fret: here are four great sites that will help you on the quest to troubleshooting your car the Google way.

How Stuff Works

How Stuff Works

Arguably the web’s number one educational resource (after Wikipedia of course); How Stuff Works has grown through the years into an unbelievable learning tool.

With everything from historical lessons through to an insight into the inner workings of the great Einstein’s brain, How Stuff Works is the encyclopedia for the 21st Century.

Best of all, head over to the site’s highly comprehensive ‘autos‘ section to get instant access to information of a quality and volume unavailable even in most books.

AutoZone

AutoZone

AutoZone is a dedicated motoring site that, while its primary purpose is to sell, the site still offers a vast library of high-quality and best of all, free, information.

Simply register with the site (for free) to get access to AutoZone’s comprehensive vehicle repair section.

This section includes a fantastic feature that enables motorists to pinpoint precisely what is wrong with their vehicle according to characteristics including sounds and smells.

Also available is a huge selection of ‘vehicle repair guides’ that are again, completely free, and yet contain information of a quality akin to that which you’d get from a paid equivalent.

2CarPros

2CarPros

2CarPros is, as the name would suggest, a site owned and operated by two highly knowledgeable motor professionals.

The site is essentially based around questions and answers. Ask a question such as ‘why aren’t my brake lights working?’ and wait for a kind and helpful expert to offer you an answer.

In addition, visitors can ask their question directly to a team of car electronic technicians, by typing it into the central text box on the homepage.

In addition, the site contains countless detailed and illustrated articles that are also available to browse completely free.

Yahoo Autos

Yahoo Autos

Finally we have a resource brought to you by one of the web’s longest-standing search engines; Yahoo.

A large portion of the site is dedicated to information on car manufacturers and warranties. Valuable information no doubt, but not much help when it comes to troubleshooting.

However, Yahoo Autos also boasts an impressive selection of vehicle repair tips and advice all, of course, for free.

The section is based around ‘frequently asked questions’ which although named as ‘frequently asked’ is actually one of the most comprehensive car question and answer libraries available online. Pretty much any imaginable problem can be answered by the copywriting team behind Yahoo Autos.

As well as the fact that all the answers are incredibly detailed, Yahoo Autos also benefits from a near absence of advertisements and underlying attempts to get you to purchase something. The site is let down however, by a lack of videos, photos and other illustrations that help to take a troubleshooting advice piece from good to great.

Lastly, if none of the above worked, try car insurance estimator to never have troubles like that in the future…

And finally:

Remember that no amount of pictures, videos and detailed descriptions is a substitute for hands on experience in troubleshooting problems with your car.

Taking the matter into your own hands is great, but remember that cars are dangerous machines, so if you’re unsure about your ability to find or fix a problem yourself, take the problem to a professional.

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As an avid fan of applications of all kinds, I read a lot of best-of lists around the web. But when these lists include apps for note taking, they always seem to miss several of those that I have found to be some of the very best.

Here is a collection of 10 note-taking apps for various media devices that you are sure to love and use regularly. Most you have probably heard of, some might be new to you, and some have been there all along but are woefully ignored in today’s tech savvy times.

1. Notalon (Windows)

Notalon (Windows)

Made a couple of years ago with students in mind, this is actually a highly functional app for people running Windows that find themselves needing to take notes quickly. You don’t have to worry about formatting as it does that for you, simplifying the process to give you easily readable notes that can be exported to PDF for easy storing, sharing and use. It is free and has been downloaded more than 9,000 times, which isn’t bad for a niche open source project.

2. PaperPort (iPad)

PaperPort (iPad)

If you are one out of every three people you probably have an iPad. It seems that everyone has jumped right onto the Apple bandwagon, which isn’t surprising. The company has revolutionized handheld personal technology in the last several years, and the iPad is one of the best tablets on the market. PaperPort is a great app for it that allows you to create, sort and share notes either typed or written in free hand. It is also free.

3. CintaNotes (Windows)

CintaNotes (Windows)

This is a really cool notes manager that has more features than most. It works by allowing you to clip text from any browser or app that allows copy/paste while providing a source link to the original information. There is a tagging system for organization, multiple PC and device syncing, and it can run from a flash drive. It also has an on board search system with predictive text to find notes quickly. It has been free and available since 2008, but it was updated this month and regularly since its launch with bug fixes and optimization.

4. FetchNotes (SMS and Web)

FetchNotes (SMS and Web)

Simple note apps? There are a ton of them. Simple note apps that work by using SMS? There aren’t so many of those around, and the best is FetchNotes. It has a great hashtag system similar to Twitter for easy sort and search, and it has no filler or fluff.

5. Evernote (Multiple PC, Mobile and Phone)

Evernote (Multiple PC, Mobile and Phone)

You have probably heard of Evernote before. It is the single most popular note taking application and has grown to become the No. 1 life organizer available on the market. I would even go so far as to say it is the best mobile app you can get for free — especially since it will work on more than just mobile devices, compatible with most. They have a collection of other apps, such as Evernote Food and Skitch.

6. EasyPad (Android)

EasyPad (Android)

For those who have an Android phone, you can always keep a digital notepad with you. Scribble down appointment details while using your phone for a call, organize lists and keep sticky notes on your landing page.

7. AK Notepad (Android)

AK Notepad (Android)

Based mainly around SMS sharing and easily set reminders, this is another great Android application you will be sure to enjoy. You can also backup all notes on Catch.com, which is an added benefit you will probably want to take advantage of.

8. Notesaver (Firefox)

Notesaver (Firefox)

I love Firefox add-ons, as they are a simple way of improving efficiency without having a million applications all over the place. Notesaver is a nice, simple one that allows you to clip any text from a webpage and save it to Word with a source link.

9. Sticky Notes (Windows)

Sticky Notes (Windows)

Don’t laugh, I love Sticky Notes. One of the most overlooked but handy ways to keep visible reminders on your desktop, I use them constantly and to great effect. The app is found in your Start menu under accessories, and they will stay on your desktop even when you restart or turn off your computer.

Conclusion

These are 10 easy, free ways to get the most out of any device and take notes. What are some of the apps you prefer for the task? Let us know in the comments.

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