Home Buyer Research Tools

There are a TON of online tools and websites out there for home buyers. It can be overwhelming. Here's a short list of my favorites:

New York Times' "Is It Better to Buy or Rent?" Calculator
Waaaaay more detailed than it needs to be, this cool tool is an easy way to play with the numbers to decide whether it makes sense to buy in your market.

Trulia Home Price Heat Map
Trulia's map offers powerful visual data to help buyers understand the geography of Minneapolis housing prices.

Crime Report Map
There are many websites that do this, but RAIDS Online is the best. It aggregates and maps crime reports from police departments nationwide.

Google Street View
Context is key! Skip fruitless round-trips to see homes adjacent to eyesores. Use Google Street View to get a better sense of any home's surroundings.

Zillow Mortgage Calculator
Estimate your monthly mortgage payment, including taxes and insurance, and shop for mortgage rates. It calculates your payment breakdown, schedule, and more.

City-Data.com
Be careful-- there's so much information here your head might explode. Aggregates virtually all imaginable public data by neighborhood, zip code, county, or city.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Neighborhood Map
Find at-a-glance trends and data by neighborhood, including population, housing, and employment. Also features profiles of other cities and counties in the metro area.

House Logic
A great resource to help you be an expert homeowner. Find tips on home improvement, maintenance and repair, taxes and more.

Houzz
A social, collaborative platform for home remodeling and design, bringing homeowners and home professionals together in a uniquely visual community.