- BUYING RESOURCES -

Finding a home






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





- FINDING A HOME ON YELLOW -


Every home for sale on YELLOW can be seen on the search map. Buyers can search by location, price, and features, and see detailed information for every home.


YELLOW FEATURES

You won't find these things anywhere else:

COMPLETED INSPECTION

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 a price analysis to show how the sale price was determined and an explanation why.

HOME REVIEW

Each listing has a video review with a straightforwad analysis of the home.

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 from the listing page. Offers are completed on legal Florida Realtor contracts and can be easily downloaded.

SEND A MESSAGE

Have a question on the home? Buyers can anonymously send a message directly to the seller for more info.



- WHERE TO LIVE? -


Not sure what part of town to reside in? Buyers can narrow down the part of town they want to live using online resources. And these resources may be more accurate than the word of a real estate agent.


REAL ESTATE AGENTS

Buyers assume real estate agents have local knowledge that they can share with buyers, like if a home is in a good neighborhood or school district.

However, by law agents 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:


Below are online resources we find helpful in learning about an area. You will also see links to this info in every YELLOW listing.




TRAVEL TIME

A good first step in determining where to live is your travel time. This could be from anyplace that is important to you - your workplace, a child’s school, the ocean - whatever.

A mapping service we like is called TravelTime. Enter a location, select the driving time in five-minute increments, and select your method of travel (it defaults to Public Transport). You can even set your time of day (it defaults to “Now”).

It’s a fun tool to play with.

TravelTime

Another neat mapping site is called HERE WeGo. On the map, click a starting point and ending point and it will give you the travel time. Click the Leave/Arrive link to set a different time of day.

HERE WeGo




DEMOGRAPHICS

Buyers can learn more about an area from its demographics, which includes things like the average age, income, education, race, etc.

  • City-Data.com

    City-Data 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).

    City-Data.com - Florida


  • Census Bureau

    The Census Bureau has loads of information available on demographics.

    In the link below you will have to enter the zip code in the search box for your specific area.

    Census.gov Demographic Info


  • Esri Demographics Map

    An interesting 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 first see the racial demographics for your current location. You can zoom and pan the map to change its location. Show or hide the legend by clicking the button in the lower-right of the map that looks like a computer monitor.

    Demographics Dot Map




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 you are then able to do a search for a town or area within that region ("Search this Forum" in the upper-right).

Listings on YELLOW have a link straight to the community where the home is located.

City-Data.com Forums - Florida




SCHOOLS

The two links below will provide more information on the schools in an area:

Great Schools

School Digger




CRIME

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

Spot Crime

My Local Crime

ADT




FLOOD ZONE

This is important. You need to know if a home is in a flood zone since it will affect your insurance. You can find the flood status of an area here (give the map extra time to load the flood data layer):

Listings on YELLOW have a link straight to the flood zone map.

FEMA Flood Zone Search

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



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:

National Register of Historic Places




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.




FINDING A “HOT” AREA

Retail 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. Look for these retailers to find a "hot" area.








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