Flipping America 305, How to Research a Neighborhood, Part 1

podcast 305 Neighborhood research part 1

You need to know how to research a neighborhood. Today I’m going to show the first part of how to do that.

There are a number of websites you can visit to get community information when doing your research on a property. We will review 18 of them. them today coming up. Plus we are going to talk a bit about student loan debt. As a free service I’ll be sharing with you the ONE big tip to reduce or eliminate student loan debt. During this discussion I also share the best way to make money if you do not have a degree and the best way to make a lot of money if you do. Also in the news today is Rent Control. I’m likely to get on a little rant about this because rent control is not just a bad idea – it’s an evil scourge. The politicians who push for it have to either be complete morons or complicit in the evil scheme to damage or destroy urban life. And yeah, I might quit beating around the bush and tell you how I really feel about it. 

In fact, I think we should schedule a show on rent controls. I’ll put that on the list.  

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RE Tech Review:

Steps in DD

C.L.U.E report – past insurance claims.

Inquire about insurance (higher than normal rates = prior claim history)

Run a Report, homedisclosure.com may be the best. Trulia is pretty good. 

Consumer businesses owned by ATTOM Data,

got bought by Renovo in 2011 and changed name to ATTOM Data

ATTOM sold in July 2019 to Lovell Minnick, a Private Equity firm 

Realtytrac.com https://www.realtytrac.com/ https://fitsmallbusiness.com/realtytrac-reviews-pricing/



Really consistently terrible reviews. Could be reason for the name change? 

Homefacts.com bought by ATTOM Data in 2012

Provides interesting information about the home and the area. Crime and school information useful. Other items as well.

Homedisclosure.com – Launched by RealtyTrac in 2016

You have to create a free account. Then you get all the same information as homefacts.com but in a more modern, appealing format. This one is truly useful. 

More Property research sites

  1. https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/search/location/2343996
  2. https://spotcrime.com/
  3. https://www.nso  pw.gov/Error?aspxerrorpath=/en-US/Registry
  4. https://www.crimereports.com/?kbid=62548
  5. https://www.mylocalcrime.com/?kbid=62548?kbid=62548
  6. https://www.crimemapping.com/?kbid=62548
  7. https://www.homesnap.com/
  8. http://www.homegain.com/
  9. https://www.areavibes.com/
  10. http://www.greatschools.org/
  11. https://www.streetadvisor.com/
  12. http://www.realestateabc.com/index2.php
  13. https://www.homefair.com/real-estate/city-profile/
  14. https://www.bestplaces.net/
  15. https://www.safewise.com/
  16. http://www.city-data.com/
  17. https://www.walkscore.com/

Motivational Thoughts for the day

  • “What’s the point of being alive if you don’t at least TRY something remarkable.” –Anonymous

Expected Air Date: Thursday 10/17/19

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