Thinking of buying your first home and have questions about a potential neighborhood? you can get a lot of answers from your Realtor. However, if you want to do some of the research on your own before making a purchasing commitment, here are a combination of apps and websites that allows you to do just that from the comforts of your phone.   

  1. Walk Score – (app and website) use it to find out how conducive an area is to walk.
  2. Transit Score – (website) Let you check out an area’s accessibility to trains, buses, and light rail
  3. NeighborhoodScout – (website) Provides information on commute, crime, and home price in one easy to digest snapshot. Want to know what’s unique about a neighborhood, you will find that out as well.
  4. Walc – (app and website) A free walking app that allows you to walk a neighborhood with turn by turn navigation and visual cues without ever stepping foot on a street or worrying about getting lost. want to walk a neighborhood, get turn by turn navigation with visual cues without worrying Download the app on Google play or from the App Store
  5. My local crime –(website) Enter your home address to pull up any recent local crimes. Check out the map function while you’re at it.
  6. Topo zone map – (website) While most maps show you only a two-dimensional rendering, topo zone map shows the surface and physical features of a given neighborhood.
  7. Greatschools.org – (website) Type in a Zip code to read school report cards from teachers, parents and student.
  8. 2010 Census – (website) breaks down age, population density, and commute times by neighborhood.