Real Estate Tools

Use these online real estate tools to learn more about building cost, cost vs. value report, neighborhoods & communities, cities, risk hazards, cost of living, crime, schools, buying and selling a home and more. Please note that the home value estimator tools are not reliable. A property value estimate is not an appraisal and you will not be able to use it in place of an appraisal.

  • Building Cost: With this tool you can develop a home construction or replacement cost that considers all the important variables: materials used, design features, quality, size, shape, heating, cooling and geographic area. Your printed estimate shows detailed labor and material costs for each of 34 construction cost categories.
  • Cost vs. Value Report:  The Cost vs. Value Report features some information on how improvements might increase the value of your home from market to market.
  • Community Explorer: Community Explorer is the perfect tool to assist you with finding or narrowing down the neighborhood community that matches what you want. Whether you are moving because of a new job or just wanting a new beginning, this tool allows you to search based on criteria you establish. Once you have retrieved your results, compare your choices side-by-side to your current community. You can even preview (where applicable) available real estate listings for selected communities.
  • Cost of Living: Are you interested in seeing how your standard of living compares to other locations? Check out this Cost of Living Tool and get the answers.
  • City Profile: The city profile provides information on economic factors including cost of living, taxes, home cost, insurance cost and quality of life factors such as population, crime, weather and education.
  • Risk Hazards: Make Online Hazard Map: flood hazards areas, recent earthquakes, historic earthquakes, historic hail storms, historic hurricanes, historic tornadoes, historic wind storms, by zip code, city or congressional districts.
  • Community Comparison: Use the Community Comparison to identify neighborhoods in other communities in the United States with ZIP codes that have similar demographics.
  • Compare 2 Cities: The city comparison will help you to compare the city profile data to two cities. This report provides a detailed look at the people, places, and conditions in two areas: useful information on demographics, finances and economics, real estate, and other factors which may impact the quality of life. The city comparison report data is drawn from an array of sources, and is updated at least once a year.
  • LifeStyle Optimizer: Use the LifeStyle Optimizer tool to create a list of the 10 best cities for you to live, by selecting one characteristic to rank cities and then by restricting the search to cities with certain demographic, economic, or climate conditions.
  • Crime Report: The Relocation Crime Lab has crime indexes for thousands of U.S. cities as well as Canadian cities.
  • Salary Analyzer: Want to see what salary you could earn in a different city? Create a cost of living comparison.
  • School Report: Find the best schools in your new neighborhood. Get FREE in depth reports on local schools. Reports contain Student/Teacher Ratios, Percentage of College-Bound Seniors, Before/After School Programs, school and district name, addresses and telephone number, district website if available, instructional dollars spent per pupil, gifted and talented programs, number of computers in the classroom, and information on over 50 more categories.
  • School Report Card: Relocating can have a major impact on the quality of education for your family. The School Report Card tool is designed to give you all the information you need to identify schools that meet your family’s educational needs and goals.
  • Climate Profile: Monthly climate statistics in 40 categories for 2,000 cities worldwide!
  • Free Instant Valuation by Zillow: Free instant valuations (Zestimate) and data for 65,000,000 homes. This is not an appraisal!
  • Home Values: The Home Values tool by realtor.com helps you search property records and view property values for homes in the area, and see how your home value stacks up in the local real estate market. This valuation is not an appraisal!
  • Chase Home Value Estimator: Use the Chase Home Value Estimator to get a free estimated market value of your home or a home you are interested in. The Chase Home Value Estimator is not an appraisal!
  • Trulia Estimate: Use the Trulia Estimate to find out what a home is worth or what a home sold for. This is not an appraisal!
  • House Price Index Comparison: With the House Price Index Comparison you can compare states’ annual percent change OFHEO House Price Index. The HPI is a broad measure of the movement of single-family house prices. The HPI serves as a timely, accurate indicator of house price trends at various geographic levels. It also provides housing economists with an improved analytical tool that is useful for estimating changes in the rates of mortgage defaults, prepayments and housing affordability in specific geographic areas.
  • NAR Metropolitan Median Prices: NAR releases statistics on metropolitan area median home prices each quarter. Beginning on February 15, 2005, this quarterly report includes a breakdown of condo and co-op prices by metro market.Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) are as defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and include the specified city or cities and surrounding suburban areas. Read about 2005 Revisions using latest MSA Definitions from the U.S. Census Bureau.