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Daily Real Estate News  |  March 23, 2004  |   Web Sites Offer Info on Schools, Crime There are several Web sites that homebuyers can use to help them learn more about different neighborhoods in terms of school quality, crime statistics, and the presence of convicted sexual predators. Proximity to good schools can improve the resale value of a residence, so it is important not to overlook this factor. Prospective homebuyers can log on to www.greatschools.net to review ratings for public and private schools and get data on test scores, student/teacher ratios, and other information. Crime rates also may affect the decision to purchase or not to purchase a home in a particular community. REALTOR.com can be used to compare two areas against each other or to compare a neighborhood against the national average. More personalized research can be had, for a nominal fee, from www.capindex.com. Finally, families concerned about living near sexual predators can conduct due diligence on a housing market via www.stopsexoffenders.com/statelistings.shtml. Checking out these and similar Web sites will help prospective buyers gain additional insight on a certain neighborhood and help cement their decision to relocate—or not—to that area.

Source: Miami Herald (03/21/04); Garton-Good, Julie

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