How Dare You Compare

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Do you like to compare?  Are you the person that looks for better prices on the lower shelves at the store?  If you're like me and are always comparing this to that or these to those, then you'll love this site.  It's called Sperlings Bestplaces and they compare a few pretty interesting things.  I just stumbled across this as I was looking to compare some specific City information and data for a friend.

Some of these comparisons are really very interesting.  This may provide you with some additional information you'll want to know about or at least be armed with for your local and surrounding areas.  Sharing information like this with others is always so powerful, but remember that comparing apples to apples is just as important, and is the key to making an educated observation and logical conclusion.

The first comparison that caught my eye was the "Cost of Living" comparison.  Go ahead, check it out, I'll wait here. lol~  See, I told you it was interesting?!  Then I couldn't resist clicking on the "Compare Crime Rates" c'mon, who could resist looking at a few comparisons there?  Next I spotted the "Compare Climates," now I'm thinking OK, maybe this site's a keeper.

Looks like they compare every City of every State but I didn't check them all, I'll let ya'll do that. :-)

Comparing the Schools was fun and is sure to get a few alumni battles going, but I also think you'll like the "Comparing Cities" this was the comparison that actually inspired me to write the post.  It's crazy, the information age is more than just upon us folks, it's more abundant than ever.  It's almost smothering us (for lack of a better word) and the ease of access just keeps getting easier.

Now if you're ready to really get sucked in, check out Bert Sperling's Studies.  Just scroll through the titles there and I guaranty you'll end up clicking on one of them and reading it.  Just make sure you come back here so I can say I told you so.  lol~  Seems like a legit site with some useful information and data, so I'll give em 5 stars. 

Want another great site that has some cool real estate, community, neighborhood data and information?

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Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ
Weichert - Lopatcong, NJ

Woo-hoo, Brad!  It even does a breakdown in my rural area of 2 towns that share 1 zip code.  Awesome tool.

Feb 12, 2011 10:01 AM #13
Pat Laracy Baker
Key Advantage Realty - Needham, MA
Realtor, Green, ABR, Needham, Massachusetts

Oh Brad this is really fun.  I could spend a lot of time there. Thank you.

Feb 12, 2011 10:06 AM #14
Navona Hart
Real Living Cornerstone - Farmville, VA
Real Estate Agent, Farmville Virginia Homes & Land

Did a brief look see and think this will be very interesting.  My only complaint is that when you click on the real estate for sale button it takes you to HomeGain...and not really local real estate for me!

Feb 12, 2011 10:16 AM #15
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education and Industry Outreach RETechCampus - Fairfield, CA
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Navona - Don't click on that link, that's why I added that last sentence with a link... just for you.  :-))

Feb 12, 2011 11:03 AM #16
Donna Foerster
Cherry Creek Properties, LLC - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent

Hi Brad~ This information will be really helpful with out of state buyers.  (We have 2 that we're currently working with).  Thanks!

Feb 12, 2011 11:43 AM #17
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
New Media Marketing

I love Sperlings Bestplaces... great site and in conjunction with Walkscore, you can get some great insights into a place. I think my favorite is comparing cost of living...

Feb 12, 2011 12:12 PM #18
Greg Saffell
Kent, WA
Real Estate Broker, Seattle Area Sellers & Buyers

I could spend the day at this site, and probably will! Thanks.

Feb 12, 2011 03:29 PM #19
Dan Quinn
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty - Silver Spring, MD
Dan Quinn

How funny - Elizabeth's comment about engineers and that you were looking this up for an engineer.  You gotta love it!

Feb 12, 2011 05:52 PM #20
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education and Industry Outreach RETechCampus - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad 707.646.1876

ROFLMAO right now.....  hahahaha~  The title of this post was suppose to be...

How Do You Compare?  That's just plain funny.... guess I better start double checking my drafts eh?  :-)

Feb 12, 2011 05:52 PM #21
Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

Brad, this seems like a goldmine of info for buyers AND for bloggers! Thanks, Pal!

Feb 12, 2011 05:59 PM #22
Lorraine or Loretta Kratz
Crescent Moon Realty, Inc. & Land N Sea Auctions. - San Marcos, CA
Certified Negotiation Consultants


Glad to read in one of the comments that all is well. I am certainly going to incorporate this info into my real estate world. Thanks and enjoy 2011.

Feb 13, 2011 08:41 AM #23
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Brad- I love sites like these... don't know what I'd do with the information.. I just like playing around with it. I'm bookmarking the site.  Thank you!

Feb 13, 2011 03:18 PM #24
Sergio Horcos
Wickenburg, AZ

WOW!  They even had my small town of Wickenburg, AZ on their site.  This one is definitly a keeper!  I even registered and added info on Wickenburg.

Feb 14, 2011 09:40 AM #25
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education and Industry Outreach RETechCampus - Fairfield, CA
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Sergio - my Dad use to live in Hereford, AZ and they had info there too. 

Nice that you could add more info on Wickenburg. :-)

Feb 14, 2011 10:00 AM #26
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

I actually have that page framed in on my web site and it gets a lot of clicks. As you can see from the example you shared, someone's comparing Stamford, CT to Cary, NC!

Feb 14, 2011 10:52 AM #27
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education and Industry Outreach RETechCampus - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad 707.646.1876

Hey Craig - very cool, and I did see that.  So how is that comparison?  :-O 

I'm checking out your site now...

Feb 14, 2011 11:10 AM #28
Vickie Nagy
Vickie Nagy, Broker Associate Realty ONE Group BMC Associates | BRE#01363932 - San Ramon, CA
Broker for San Ramon, Danville, Dublin, Pleasanton

As you say Brad, some of these comarisons are really a hoot! Stamford to Cary? Wow!

Feb 14, 2011 02:17 PM #29
Jackie Connelly-Fornuff
Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY - Babylon, NY
"Moving at The Speed of YOU!"

Hi Brad, I've been using that site for a long time. I tell my clients and customers to use it. They all love it.

Feb 16, 2011 01:13 PM #31
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education and Industry Outreach RETechCampus - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad 707.646.1876

Vickie - exactly! :-)

John - anytime~

Thanks Jackie - guess I'm the one who's behind...  I just discovered the site!  lol~

Feb 16, 2011 04:08 PM #32
Ben Hoadley
ERA Herman Group Real Estate - West Palm Beach, FL

Thank you for sharing!  I've bookmarked this and saving it for later.  Great stuff.

Mar 15, 2011 06:45 PM #33
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