The first page you see on YELLOW is the listing map, which is updated in real-time.
Clicking on a home will show all the information about the property.
A few highlights:
Not sure what part of town to reside in? YELLOW covers a large area, so it's hard for us to know community attributes and make recommendations. Fortunately, there are many online resources that can help - and they may be more accurate than the word of a real estate agent. We discuss them below.
Buyers believe real estate agents have local knowledge that would be 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:
The City-Data.com website is a great resource with a wealth of information on practically every city and community. Check out this link below:
This link will take you to the Florida info page. From there you can click on any city (click the "Filter" box for smaller cities). Some of the information you will see includes:
-Businesses like banks, groceries, and dining
-Points of interest
-Radio and tv stations
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 can click on a city or do a search (you may have to be logged in to do this). A Google search of their forums can work, too.
A fascinating demographics tool comes from the University of Virginia's Demographics Research Group. They've created a map using Census data to break down the ethnicity of the entire country down to a local level.
From the link, you'll have to drag and move the map to your desired location. Click "Add Map Labels" to see street and city names.
Lastly, the Census Bureau has a webpage that provides demographic info. In the link below you will have to enter the zip code in the search box for your targeted area.
A real estate agent legally can't tell you how safe an area is. However, there are online resources that can help:
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:
A property in a historic district sounds appealing - and it may be - but it will also have many more regulations on what you can do with the home. You can find out if a home is historic or in a historic district here:
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 applicable FEMA page. You can also find out the flood status of a property here:
Travel Time Map
It's hard to know how long it takes to get to a destination (like your place of employment) 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 (and 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. To get an idea what they look like, a few examples are included below:
Local Housing Market Indicators
Location matters, and its 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. And some do a very good job at it. Researchers have identified several companies that have a knack for finding these hot spots, including:
- Whole Foods
- Trader Joe's
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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