- BUYING RESOURCES -

Finding a home






Finding info on a home has never been easier than with YELLOW.







All homes listed on YELLOW can be found on the search map. Buyers can search by location, price, and features, and see detailed information for every home.


Here's a look at some of the features you won't find anywhere else:

INSPECTION COMPLETED
A helpful feature with YELLOW is that each home has already completed an independent inspection to help buyers avoid any surprises and save a lot of money and time.

PRICE ANALYSIS
There's also a price analysis to show how the sale price was determined and an explanation why.

SCHEDULE A SHOWING
See a home you like? Easily make an appointment to visit in person or virtually.

MAKE AN OFFER
Find the right home? Make an offer right from the listing page. Offers are completed on legal Florida Realtor contracts and can be easily downloaded.

SEND A MESSAGE
Have any questions on the home? Buyers can anonymously send a message directly to the seller for more info.






- COMMUNITY INFO -

Not sure what part of town to reside in? YELLOW covers the entire state of Florida, so it's hard for us to know community attributes and make recommendations.

Fortunately, there are many online resources that can help and we include them in every listing - and they may be more accurate than the word of a real estate agent. We discuss them below.

REAL ESTATE AGENTS

Buyers assume real estate agents have local knowledge that is helpful in finding a home in a good neighborhood or school district - but by law they aren't allowed to share this info. It's true! It's called "steering" and it's a violation of the Fair Housing Act.

Here's more on real estate agents and the Fair Housing Law:

AREA INFO

City-Data.com is a great resource with loads of information on practically every city and community. Some of the information you will see includes:
  - Demographics
  - Weather
  - Businesses like banks, groceries, and dining
  - Points of interest
  - Radio and tv stations
  - Top lists
  - Local pictures

The link below will take you to the Florida City-Data.com page. From there you can click on any city for more info (click the "Filter cities" box in the upper-left to find smaller cities). Every listing page has the relevant link.


COMMUNITY FORUMS

City-Data.com also has extensive community forums with a load of questions, answers, and comments about an area.

The link below will take you to the Florida forums page. From there you must click on a large city or region, but then you are able to do a search for a town or area within that region ("Search this Forum" in the upper-right). Every listing page has the relevant link.


DEMOGRAPHICS

A fascinating racial demographics tool comes from the Esri Demographics Team. They've created a map using 2020 Census data to break down the ethnicity of the entire country, narrowed down to the local level.

In the link below you'll see the racial demographics for your current location. On the map, bring up the legend by clicking on the button in the bottom-right that looks like a computer monitor.


The Census Bureau also has a webpage providing demographic info. In the link below you will have to enter the zip code in the search box for your targeted area.


CRIME

A real estate agent legally can't tell you how safe an area is. However, there are online resources that can help:


SCHOOLS

Like with crime, a real estate agent cannot tell you if the home is in a good school district. Every home on YELLOW has the local school ratings and links to the rating page. Here are some other resources that can help, too:


HISTORIC DISTRICT

A property in a historic district sounds appealing - and it may be - but it will also have many more restrictions on what you can do with the home. You can find out if a home is historic or in a historic district here:


FLOOD ZONE

This is important. You need to know if a home is in a flood zone since it will affect your insurance. YELLOW provides this information on every listing, with links to the FEMA page. You can also find out the flood status of a property here:

Flood Map Legend
  • Unshaded
    Zone C and X – Under 0.2% chance in any given year - No flood insurance required
  • Orange Shaded
    Zone B and X – Between 0.2 - 1% chance in any given year - No flood insurance required
  • Blue Shaded
    Zone A, AE, AR, A1-30, A99 - At least a 1% annual chance and 26% chance over a 30-year mortgage - Flood insurance required

TRAVEL TIME MAP

It's hard to know how long it takes to get to a destination if you are unfamiliar with an area. There's online resources that can help with this, too.

A method used by the website below is to show driving times in 15-minute increments. Entering an address can be finicky (be sure to change the ‘Public Transportation’ option to ‘Driving’), but entering a city will bring up a map and you can click on the map to set the address. You can change the time of day you will be traveling, too (by clicking on the 'Now' button).

Google Maps will give pretty good estimates, too. Enter an address and click 'Directions' to see time estimates. Try it at different times of the day (like the time you would be going to and coming from work).


POTENTIAL AREA CONSTRUCTION

It can be heartbreaking to buy a new home, only to find out a new construction project is slated for your area that you weren't aware of.

Many cities and counties have online maps that show potential new developments and zoning changes. We include links to these resources in every listing on YELLOW.


HOUSING MARKET INDICATORS

Location matters, and it's important to find a neighborhood that is trending upward.

One way to do this is by digging through statistics, crunching numbers, and analyzing different metrics.

However, an easier way to do it is by looking at the retailers in an area.

Companies have teams of professionals who do nothing but scour areas to find hot and up-and-coming spots for their stores. Researchers have identified several companies that have a knack for finding these hot spots, including:

    - Starbucks
    - Whole Foods
    - Trader Joe's
    - Target

Homes near these retailers have seen their prices rise more than more than overall market.

Check out how far a home is from these retailers for a clue on the strength of the market in that area.






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