Online Sleuthing for Homebuyers


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A Monthly Newsletter from Sheila Barrett

The web has helped homebuyers find places to live for years, but a number of sites have emerged that provided a raft of information beyond price, location and photos.

Comparison Shopping

Trulia.com and Zillow.com will show you just about any type of information about a house. Users can enter a city, town or zip code and see a listing of every home for sale, sort by price, address, number of bedrooms or bathrooms, broker or type of home.

What the Neighbors Say

Other sites are designed to give users a look at neighborhoods through the eyes of the people who live there. On StreetAdvisor.com based in Melbourne, Australia, buyers can look for input from residents of a particular street, about their neighbors, local services and more.

Is It Green

Several sites cater to concerns about energy efficiency and the environment. Walkscore.com rates the walkability of a neighborhood by the proximity of stores, restaurants, schools, parks, libraries and more. At EnergyStar.gov users can find builders working with the EPA to build homes that meet the government’s Energy Star standards for energy efficiency.

Schools

GreatSchools.net and SchoolMatters.com give information for public and private schools, including test sores, student ethnicity, student-teacher ratios and spending per pupil. Parents can rate schools for principal leadership, teacher quality, extracurricular activities, parent involvement, safety and discipline.
Source: The Real Estate Journal

Interactive maps for Kentucky and Louisville Metro

Metro Mapper is an online news organization that provides interactive maps for the Louisville Metro area and Kentucky free of charge for residents and visitors. Interactive maps include sex offender, crime, restaurant, historic site, traffic cam, and real estate maps.


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