How Dare You Compare

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Zillow - Nat'l Outreach Mgr & Dir. of Zillow Academy
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Do you like to compare?  Are you the person that looks for better prices on the lower shelves at the store?  If you're like me and are always comparing this to that or these to those, then you'll love this site.  It's called Sperlings Bestplaces and they compare a few pretty interesting things.  I just stumbled across this as I was looking to compare some specific City information and data for a friend.

Some of these comparisons are really very interesting.  This may provide you with some additional information you'll want to know about or at least be armed with for your local and surrounding areas.  Sharing information like this with others is always so powerful, but remember that comparing apples to apples is just as important, and is the key to making an educated observation and logical conclusion.

The first comparison that caught my eye was the "Cost of Living" comparison.  Go ahead, check it out, I'll wait here. lol~  See, I told you it was interesting?!  Then I couldn't resist clicking on the "Compare Crime Rates" c'mon, who could resist looking at a few comparisons there?  Next I spotted the "Compare Climates," now I'm thinking OK, maybe this site's a keeper.

Looks like they compare every City of every State but I didn't check them all, I'll let ya'll do that. :-)

Comparing the Schools was fun and is sure to get a few alumni battles going, but I also think you'll like the "Comparing Cities" this was the comparison that actually inspired me to write the post.  It's crazy, the information age is more than just upon us folks, it's more abundant than ever.  It's almost smothering us (for lack of a better word) and the ease of access just keeps getting easier.

Now if you're ready to really get sucked in, check out Bert Sperling's Studies.  Just scroll through the titles there and I guaranty you'll end up clicking on one of them and reading it.  Just make sure you come back here so I can say I told you so.  lol~  Seems like a legit site with some useful information and data, so I'll give em 5 stars. 

Want another great site that has some cool real estate, community, neighborhood data and information?

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Woo-hoo, Brad!  It even does a breakdown in my rural area of 2 towns that share 1 zip code.  Awesome tool.

February 12, 2011 10:01 AM
Rainmaker
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Pat Laracy Baker
Realtor, Green, ABR, Needham, Massachusetts
Key Advantage Realty

Oh Brad this is really fun.  I could spend a lot of time there. Thank you.

February 12, 2011 10:06 AM
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Navona Hart
Real Estate Agent, Farmville Virginia Homes & Land
Real Living Cornerstone

Did a brief look see and think this will be very interesting.  My only complaint is that when you click on the real estate for sale button it takes you to HomeGain...and not really local real estate for me!

February 12, 2011 10:16 AM
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Brad Andersohn
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Navona - Don't click on that link, that's why I added that last sentence with a link... just for you.  :-))

February 12, 2011 11:03 AM
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Donna Foerster
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent
Cherry Creek Properties, LLC

Hi Brad~ This information will be really helpful with out of state buyers.  (We have 2 that we're currently working with).  Thanks!

February 12, 2011 11:43 AM
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René Fabre
New Media Marketing
First American Title

I love Sperlings Bestplaces... great site and in conjunction with Walkscore, you can get some great insights into a place. I think my favorite is comparing cost of living...

February 12, 2011 12:12 PM
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Greg Saffell
Real Estate Broker, Seattle Area Sellers & Buyers

I could spend the day at this site, and probably will! Thanks.

February 12, 2011 03:29 PM
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Dan Quinn
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Prudential PenFed Realty

How funny - Elizabeth's comment about engineers and that you were looking this up for an engineer.  You gotta love it!

February 12, 2011 05:52 PM
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Brad Andersohn
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ROFLMAO right now.....  hahahaha~  The title of this post was suppose to be...

How Do You Compare?  That's just plain funny.... guess I better start double checking my drafts eh?  :-)

February 12, 2011 05:52 PM
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Eric Michael
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI

Brad, this seems like a goldmine of info for buyers AND for bloggers! Thanks, Pal!

February 12, 2011 05:59 PM
Rainmaker
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Lorraine or Loretta Kratz
Certified Negotiation Consultants
Crescent Moon Realty, Inc. & Land N Sea Auctions.

Brad:

Glad to read in one of the comments that all is well. I am certainly going to incorporate this info into my real estate world. Thanks and enjoy 2011.

February 13, 2011 08:41 AM
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Kathy Streib
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Brad- I love sites like these... don't know what I'd do with the information.. I just like playing around with it. I'm bookmarking the site.  Thank you!

February 13, 2011 03:18 PM
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Sergio Horcos

WOW!  They even had my small town of Wickenburg, AZ on their site.  This one is definitly a keeper!  I even registered and added info on Wickenburg.

February 14, 2011 09:40 AM
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Sergio - my Dad use to live in Hereford, AZ and they had info there too. 

Nice that you could add more info on Wickenburg. :-)

February 14, 2011 10:00 AM
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Craig Rutman
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor
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I actually have that page framed in on my web site and it gets a lot of clicks. As you can see from the example you shared, someone's comparing Stamford, CT to Cary, NC!

February 14, 2011 10:52 AM
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Hey Craig - very cool, and I did see that.  So how is that comparison?  :-O 

I'm checking out your site now...

February 14, 2011 11:10 AM
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Vickie Nagy
Broker for San Ramon, Danville, Dublin, Pleasanton
Vickie Nagy, Broker Associate Realty ONE Group BMC Associates | BRE#01363932

As you say Brad, some of these comarisons are really a hoot! Stamford to Cary? Wow!

February 14, 2011 02:17 PM
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Jackie Connelly-Fornuff
Century 21 AA Lindenhurst NY
Long Island NY Real Estate Agent

Hi Brad, I've been using that site for a long time. I tell my clients and customers to use it. They all love it.

February 16, 2011 01:13 PM
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Brad Andersohn
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Vickie - exactly! :-)

John - anytime~

Thanks Jackie - guess I'm the one who's behind...  I just discovered the site!  lol~

February 16, 2011 04:08 PM
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Ben Hoadley
ERA Herman Group Real Estate

Thank you for sharing!  I've bookmarked this and saving it for later.  Great stuff.

March 15, 2011 06:45 PM
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