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Useful Househunting tools

Here are some of the most useful applications that should be in everyone's toolbox when looking for homes:
Great website for home searching, recent sales data, and foreclosures; very robust (except it can't filter on schools)

Find All the Homes for Sale & Experienced Real Estate Agents | Redfin

Southern California Home Resale Activity


Case Shiller home price index


Cool zip code map here:

The Most Accurate Free USPS Zip Code Map Anywhere!
City-Data's data display for a zip code, very good for finding recent sales

Another forum similar to City-Data Forum:

West Coast and Interior West - SkyscraperCity

School performance maps:

California School Performance Maps

Want to compare weather between two different cities?

City Climate Comparisons

Powerful Census data maps (though the data are old):

Tiger Map Server Browser

This tool mashes Craigslist housing listings with Google Maps. Very neat.


Capistrano School District Elementary, Middle and High School maps (in hi-res PDF and JPG formats):

Attendance Boundary Maps

Saddleback School Maps (not too useful, no boundaries):

Saddleback Valley Unified School District

Several OC Google Maps with some gated communities, school zones, other random layers:

National Honor Society

Some Google Earth KMLs with demographic and census data (haven't checked them out; if they suck, I'll ask the mods to delete this)
Census KML Data Visualization: New KMZ!

Census Data in Google Earth: Juice Analytics

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