Links For Personal Research

 

Here is the deal: It is illegal for me to define what a ‘nice’ neighborhood is, or even what a ‘safe’ neighborhood is. I believe in guiding and helping with the process, while clients control the decisions. If at any time you do have any questions, contact me and I will do my best to answer or guide you. Here are some resources to help you with your home research. Shout out to nolo.com for providing some of the content here.

This page will become updated with more information upon request.

 

Bankrate
www.bankrate.com
A leading aggregator of 50-state mortgage and other loan rate and related financial information. The site also offers original articles to help consumers make informed financial decisions.

Bert Sperling’s Best Places
www.bestplaces.net
Dedicated to helping people find the place in the United States to live. You’ll find more than dry statistical data here — the site contains reports on everything from the best cities for dating to the worst ones for contracting respiratory infections.

Crime Reports
www.crimereports.com
In their words, “The #1 most popular online crime mapping solution available.”

Department of Housing and Urban Development
www.hud.gov
The place to find out about federal government programs to help homeowners.

Great! School
www.greatschools.org
This organization receives its funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (among others) and is a resource for researching specific schools.

Homefair
www.homefair.com
This site offers calculators to estimate moving costs, school reports, city reports, and crime statistics, as well as property listings (through Realtor.com).

Mortgage 101
www.mortgage101.com
A handy place to check on mortgage interest rates or get actual quotes, as well as access calculators and articles.

Moving.com
www.moving.com
While the primary focus is on linking people up with licensed moving companies, the site also provides tools and articles for planning and executing a move, including school reports, city comparisons, and demographic data.

National Association of Realtors (NAR)
www.realtor.org and www.realtor.com
NAR is the professional association of Realtors across the country. Realtor.org, though primarily for member agents, is a good place to get industry-wide statistics and news. Realtor.com has information for the public, including home listings, prices of comparable properties within a certain state, city, or zip code (using an interactive map), mortgage rates and calculators, and informational articles.

Nolo’s Real Estate Law Section
http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/real-estate-rental-property/
Real estate law explained in a way anyone can understand. If you’re buying or selling a home, you’ll find valuable tips on the real estate process and mortgage and financing information. There’s also a section for existing homeowners that includes rules for settling neighbor disputes and information on taxes and home improvement.

Owners.com
www.owners.com
A website for anyone selling or buying FSBO (for sale by owner), with property listings and advice.

Redfin 
www.redfin.com
Real estate brokerage that has some of the most up-to-date information, easy to set up a personalized home search. I actually really liked their concept of rebating customers, and it is partly because of them that this is possible. I do the same as them…but asking you to do more research, and giving you more back because of this.

Trulia
www.trulia.com
Focuses on bringing you local information such as median list prices for a certain zip code; a Q&A board where you can pose questions to local real estate agents; home listings complete with aerial views and a well-designed search engine (allowing you, for example, to limit your search to foreclosures, price-reduced homes, or upcoming open houses, and to receive email updates); and blogs and articles discussing mortgages, the real estate market, and more.

The Wall Street Journal‘s Real Estate Page
http://www.wsj.com/news/realestate
A rich source of the latest news on mortgage rates, homebuying behavior, and other real estate trends. Also includes home listings, although our searches brought up fewer results than other sites displayed.

Zillow
www.zillow.com
A site that’s packed with offerings, including home, rental, and mortgage rate listings, calculators, “Zestimates” of home values, blogs and advice, and the famous “Make Me Move” feature, where homeowners can publicize a price at which they’d be willing to sell even if they hadn’t been planning to.


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