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by Sid Kirchheimer, AARP Bulletin, June 25, 2010
Q. Considering how much real estate values have tanked across the country, how can I determine how my neighborhood has fared?
A. Some websites that will help: Trulia displays homes for sale in your area and how much their asking prices have recently changed. Another place to check is Zillow, which provides ownership records and neighborhood market trends. At Neighborhood Scout, you type in an address or ZIP code and learn which neighborhoods are appreciating—or declining—in value. At the same site you can also get data on such things as schools, crime, income levels and ethnicity. And to see how walkable an area or address is—distances to parks, schools, stores, etc.—check out Walk Score.
Sid Kirchheimer writes about health and consumer issues.
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