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Free Data Sources for Your Real Estate Web Site

I think most of you will agree with me that data is a critical piece of building a fantastic consumer destination — not only in the real estate vertical, but other verticals as well. In the real estate space,  buyers, sellers, and home owners are interested in local home values, crime statistics, weather, amenities, and school information (among other things). But where do you find all this data? There are a wide range of free data sources out there that can help you fill your real estate web site with valuable content. Here’s a rundown of a few of the data sets I’m aware of:

Demographic Data:

Local Amenities:

  • Yelp Review Search API – You can retrieve local business information and reviews using a neighborhood or lat/long value as an input. It’s also possible to narrow the results by category of business.

Neighborhood and City Home Values:

  • Zillow Local Real Estate APIs – You can retrieve local home value trend charts with the GetRegionChart API and a wealth of other city and neighborhood home value data from the GetDemographics API.
  • AltosCharts – Local market price charts.

Neighborhood Geographies:

School Information:

Weather:

  • Yahoo Weather API – enter a ZIP or a geo location and receive current weather conditions in return.
  • WeatherBug API – Live weather conditions by location.

I know there are other free data resources that I’m missing (I couldn’t find a free source for crime statistics) — if you aware of any additional sources that would be useful for a real estate audience, please leave a comment describing the data and where to find it. Are there any data sets you wish were freely available, but haven’t been able to get your hands on?

About Drew Meyers

Founder of Geek Estate Blog. He is a Travel addict & co-founder of Horizon. Social entrepreneurship & microfinance advocate. Fan of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Kiva.

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  • http://www.shopcharlestonrealestate.com Seth Siegler

    Awesome list! I just finished scouring the web for sources like this and I’m glad to see that I found all the right locations.

    The only thing I’m still looking for is recent demographic information that isn’t based on the 2000 census. For cities that have experienced serious growth, those numbers can be really inaccurate and not good for business.

    Anyone have any ideas?

  • http://www.AcreScout.com Kent Shaffer

    ZipSkinny allows users to research individual zip codes. Once a zip code has been searched, the navigation offers users the option to “Build a Widget for (zip code)” for free. I have not had a chance to use it, but it looks interesting.
    See: http://www.zipskinny.com

    @Drew Meyers
    They are only reference (not API) but for crime stats, I like using MelissaData.com.
    See: http://www.melissadata.com/lookups/crimecity.asp

    @Seth
    For free estimates on community demographics (2000-2007), use the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual American Community Survey.
    See: http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/DatasetMainPageServlet?_program=ACS&_submenuId=&_lang=en&_ts=

    I hope that helps.
    – Kent Shaffer, Co-Founder, http://www.AcreScout.com

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    Hey Drew,

    Great list! These are really helpful for the agent that wants to give a lot of added value to their users. Thanks for sharing :-) !!!!!

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    Great list! Do any of these apply to Canada or have a Canadian version?

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    I’m doing my last year project of my degree. I was looking for a data source and I’m so glad that I came across this post. Thanks you for sharing this useful information.

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    I only wish we had this kind of data available in New Zealand. It would be very useful.

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      I’m sure something like this is available in New Zealand.

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    Thanks for the share Drew. Four years later and this is still relevant information.

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