Looking for your first or next home? Before you focus on finding the house, find your community. The following sites can help you learn more about a particular city or neighborhood, and help you prioritize what is most important to you about where you live.
This site allows you to search by town and find data for schools, crime, average home price and appreciation and more.
Interestingly, this travel site has a lot of helpful information about large New England communities and neighborhoods. Travel in and around, to and from, dining and entertainment options, very helpful for those not as familiar with a particular area.
Rates any address or community based on its walkability. Type in an address and it will provide the “Walk Score” along with available public transportation, and general information about the area. A great tool if you’re looking to move to a large city or near public transportation.
Features a comprehensive list of important factors to take into consideration when deciding where to live such as size, culture and tax structure.
Take Sperling’s Best Places ten question quiz to help you narrow down the best place for you to live!
Once you find the community you want to live in, you will want to have an idea of what you can afford. We have several handy mortgage calculators to help give you a general idea, but always speak directly with a lender to get the full picture. Of course, you will want to get pre-approved before you begin to look at properties.
Once you’ve done your own research, your real estate professional will also be a great source of information about the town or city you are searching in. Even if you think you know the answer, it pays to ask them.
There are dozens of sites and apps available that can help in your home search. Send us your favorite!