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Finding a new home is not just about an open floor plan, or a large kitchen.
What factors go into a decision?

Location.  Do you like the neighborhood?  How far must you drive daily to work?  Is there shopping close by?  Are schools important.
Is it in a flood zone?  What is the jet noise zone it’s located in?
Is it located in a historical district?

The property itself.  What is the age of the house?  What type of heat and air conditioning does it have?
Is it updated or does it require updating?  Are you a DIYer and looking for something to invest some
sweat equity into?

Located below are some valuable links for researching properties and on buying real estate.

General Real Estate links and websites:
Home facts
Homefair
Property shark
Zillow
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Rich Blocks, Poor Blocks
Municode
Information on buying a Foreclosure Property

City Tax and Property records
Virginia Beach tax records  City of Virginia Beach site for tax records
Norfolk Address Information Resource (AIR)
Chesapeake
Portsmouth
Newport News
Suffolk
Hampton

City Geographical Information Systems (mapping)
City of Virginia Beach map center
Norfolk
Chesapeake
Suffolk maps
Newport News GIS
Portsmouth GIS
Hampton GIS

Jet Noise Maps

Historical districts
Norfolk historical places
Chesapeake historical places
Portsmouth historical places
Virginia Beach historical places
Suffolk historical places and districts

Schools info

Great Schools site
Public school review
Hampton Roads Schoolzone
Private School Review
Virginia Beach school locator
Chesapeake school locator
Norfolk school locator
Newport News school locator
Portsmouth school locator
Hampton school locator
Suffolk school locator

Crime and Area Information

Megan’s Law sex offender lookup
Spotcrime
Neighborhood Scout
Crime reports.com
Crime Mapping
Norfolk
Virginia Beach
Chesapeake
Virginia Beach bikeways
Norfolk Light Rail Stops and Times
Hampton Roads Tunnels and Bridges Information

Environmental and Weather

Lead based paint information
Lead Paint Safety booklet from HUD
FEMA Flood Information
Disaster InformationAverage climate data

2014 homearama collage

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