Moving? Site helps you study up on new neighborhoods
If you're searching for a new home, take advantage of online resources that detail the history and statistics of both a certain property and the surrounding area.
When so much information is available just at your fingertips, there’s no excuse to move into a new neighborhood without getting all the facts straight first.
Are there schools nearby? Will there be other families your age? Are any parks within walking distance? What’s the density of the neighborhood?
At propertyshark.com, you can find all of this out, plus the details and history about a specific property. Just type in the address, and the database will take you on a very colorful tour of the neighborhood.
I now know that I am completely average in my neighborhood. Average age, family type, even the year my home was built is average for the area. What luck, since I didn’t even know about this resource back when I moved in!
Of course, it’s also a little creepy to think of all that personal data that is available to anybody with a computer and Internet connection. But in the scheme of things, I suppose property information is the least of what cyberstalkers are looking for.
Do you know of any other useful databases out there for people considering a move to a new neighborhood?
About Teresa Mears
Teresa Mears is a veteran journalist who has been interested in houses since her father took her to tax auctions to carry the cash at age 10. A former editor of The Miami Herald's Home & Design section, she lives in South Florida where, in addition to writing about real estate, she publishes Miami on the Cheap to help her neighbors adjust to the loss of 60% of their property value.