What do you research most often?

Aside from homes what else do you research most often about communities?
  • February 09 2012 - Minneapolis
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location of parks and natural areas with trails where we can walk the dogs for miles, preferably off leash.
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Zoning. 
  • February 09 2012
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Local schools, long term development plans for the area, crime reports and the walking/commute distances to common destinations.
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Population density (And housing density)
Climate (Temperature, rainfall, snow, smog...)
Traffic volume/Traffic congestion.
Noise
Transit options and alternate transportation options  (bike routes)
Job diversity
Jobs to housing ratio
Trees
Ethnic diversity
Economic diversity
Sidewalk condition
Setbacks
building heights
curb-cuts for wheelchairs at intersections
talking pedestrian buttons at major light intersections
water features
views/vistas
store diversity & proximity
services diversity & proximity
open space (including parks)
cultural activities and features
floor area ratio
lot coverage
roof equipment screening
alcohol establishment saturation
street cleaning policies
overnight street parking policies
code enforcement policies
yard fencing
security alarm density
bars on residential windows
sign, billboard, mural, and graffiti policies/enforcement
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And I forgot; junk in neighbor's yards.  (Satellite photos are very helpful, even if outdated).
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crime rate, avg lot size, distance to a large store(preferably walkable), distance to a mall or shopping center(preferably ~15mins by car), red/blue split, number of churches within 1 sq mile, regional newspaper, large employers, avg education level, rivers within the city limits, flood areas, mudslide areas, traffic, efficient road travel, rental income, number of foreclosures over the past 6 months within 3 mile radius, types of trees, local pests, demographics data, age of neighborhood, feel of neighborhood, bike friendly, climate, noise, public transportation (quality, cost, usage, saftey), taxes, car tabs, CPI/PPP, sidewalk maintanace, snow remediation, disaster preparedness, schools (overall), annual fairs/events (size, participation, coolness), sports enthusiasm, stadiums and event centers... i'm sure I forgot some, but you get the idea.
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Wow...that's a lot. I guess I keep it simple. Distance from work is about all I consider.
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I even look for the latest census to see if the population is increasing or decreasing. Then I want to see a soils map and a flood zone map. A wetlands map is also handy. One thing I want to know is where is the local dump even if closed years ago. It could pollute my groundwater if it is to close. There are other things I look for also naturally.
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Is it keeping things "simple" to ignore impacts that are of primary importance to your clients?  What is that saying about location?

How can you meet the client's needs and desires if you only look at distance/time to work, and house features/price, while ignoring everything else in the community?

I guess you figure that any client would have already pre-screened all those other things?
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The neighborhood school systems, which ones are rated the highest. People generally want to live in the good or the best school districts available in their price range.
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Are you only using standardized test scores for those metrics, or do you have other metrics you use to evaluate the quality of schools and school districts?

(I have other criterion I use for evaluation of teaching quality in an area, but there is no simple means for data look-up and processing for those, which is why I didn't even include it in my list).
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Simple? Well, if you came to me as a client, I'd tell you to find another agent. Which you would be glad to do, so, what's the problem?
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I see sarcasm doesn't transfer very well on here. 

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Eric, don't let them bother you. While we're out there actually helping people buy and sell real estate, they're doing . . . well, something else.
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"number of churches within 1 sq mile" -

That is an interesting item to research for someone that has expressed little religious affiliation and no religious beliefs.

I research a similar category, but for probably the opposite reasons.  I research denominational diversity & proximity, ratio of average worship attendance to population, and seating capacity to population ratio.  (How many meeting times would be required if everyone in the city showed up on a Saturday or Sunday?)

I also research what outreach services those 501c3's offer to the community.  Food?  Shelter?  Transportation?  Government forms?  Books?  Education?  Tutoring? Entertainment?  Utility assistance?  Health Care?  House maintenance/repair? Visitation? ...
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We have a suburb of Minneapolis with a large orthodox Jewish community. Close proximity (walking distance) to a synagogue is an important selling feature in this suburb.
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school system

  • March 07 2012
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