Getting Local Information on Property

Get the lowdown on any area you are buying in by using all the information available on line says David Lawrenson of www.LettingFocus.com.

Obviously, you can use Google Earth (earth.google.com) and InstantStreetView.com for street views without even having to leave your desk.

Population breakdowns, employment trends and earning levels for an area can be found at the Office for National Statistics site at nomisweb.co.uk.

Rightmove and Zoopla both have lots of useful information on an area, with Rightmove’s charts being especially good for tracking house price trends for different types of properties over time by postcode.

The website Home.co.uk can be used for this purpose too and can additionally tell you when a property’s asking price was reduced and how long it’s been on the market. For planning decisions go to gov.uk/search-register-planning-decisions.

For flood risk the Environment Agency website is the place to go to check flood risk on their flood maps.

For broadband Wi-Fi signal use ofcom.org.uk. The police crime map at police.uk can be interrogated by postcode and to street level.

Local levels of air pollution can be found at uk-air.defra.gov.uk, local biodiversity at nbnatlas.org and cycle routes at bikemap.net.

Another good general site is streetcheck.co.uk. People who consult with me on a one to one basis can get access to others databases of information on specific town, cities or regions as part of their consultation too.

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