Tools to be Thankful For

How to Research Real Estate Data

Thanksgiving is a time for us all to sit back and reflect on the blessings we’ve received over the past year. A new job. A new family member. Or perhaps most importantly our health.

Families across the nation will celebrate this traditional holiday together and officially kick off the holiday season.

For home buyers, they can also be thankful there is a wealth of information out there that helps those search for the right school, neighborhood and even crime rates for a local area. There is simply too much information out there not to be tapped into when buying a home. Here are some tips you can use that will make your research much easier.

One of the first places to start just might be the Department of Housing and Urban Development at

There are various federal programs that can help current and future homeowners as well as information about the FHA home loan program.

For school ratings from K-12, both public and private, visit the site at  Simply type in a city, zip code or even a particular school you have in mind and you’ll get a wealth of information along with a rating from 1 to 10.

There are also public ratings as well along with the experts at Should you so choose, you can also look at listings in the area around the schools you select.

Crime statistics?

Most cities release crime data through the local police department yet there is a navigable site called which allows users to click on an area in a map  and receive instant crime data ranging from property crime to rates as well as violent crime statistics and you can compare neighborhoods at the same time.

Yet if you want more localized data, your best bet is with an experienced real estate agent.

Instead of researching all the information on your own, let your real estate agent know what you’re looking for as well.

Let Lionsgate Real Estate Group help you find your best home. We have the tools and experience you need to help make you a home buying hero.