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How Dare You Compare

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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Comment balloon 32 commentsBrad Andersohn • February 11 2011 10:42PM


Brad, Oh my Engineer clients are going to EAT this up!  I can't wait to share it with them :)  Just one more "cool tool" for me to share.  

I hope you are doing well my friend.  You've been on my mind!

Posted by Elizabeth Cooper-Golden, Huntsville AL MLS (Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group)) almost 10 years ago

Elizabeth - yes they will, I was looking this up for an engineer friend of mine in Concord, CA.  That's too funny! 

I'm doing good, thanks. :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago

Brad - This is an interesting site.  I am adding it to my favorites. 

Posted by Pam Dent, REALTOR® - Charlottesville Virginia Homes / Horse (Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Looks pretty cool, Brad. The name makes me think of Serling's Night Gallery of many years past. LOL


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Brad when I have time I will have to check this out and have fun with it. Thank you for sharing, running out the door late for dinner:))) BTW nothing to do with this I noticed today there has been a "a garage door repair guy" spaming your site at least 18 emails from him in past 20 hrs.....

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) almost 10 years ago

Pam - I did the same.

Jeff - do you mean Rod Serlings?  Didn't he do the Twilight Zone too?  lol

Endre - enjoy your dinner my friend.  Oh yeah, when you get home... I hope you get your garage door fixed.  :)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago

Timely post, Brad. My sister-in-law was wondering about the cost of living differences, excluding housing, between Gaithersbur, MD and San Francisco just a couple of weeks ago. I sent her the link, and I thank you, my friend.


Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 10 years ago

My husband is having fun with the site right now ;) He keeps telling me year after year, let's move to TX. (I'm from there...) Now, he will compare the cities and give me reasons why we should move now... AGH!!! Engineer and Lawyer... has to have stats..

Posted by CA COASTAL ESTATES Lauren Selinsky Perez CRS, "Your Real Estate Broker" #oclauren (California Coastal Estates) almost 10 years ago

Brad, I thought this was so good, I wanted to re bolg but Reblogging is temporarily disabled!  Warm Regards from Ann Arbor.

Posted by Kathy Toth, Ann Arbor Real Estate Experts - Kathy Toth Team (Ann Arbor Market Center Keller Williams) almost 10 years ago

Very cool site.  And Lauren who commented above, when you come to Texas, I can help you find a house!  :)

Posted by Paula McDonald, Ph.D., Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) almost 10 years ago

Thanks for sharing these web sites. I have this post bookmarked for future reference. Great stuff

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia III, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (RentVest) almost 10 years ago

Brad, I spent way too much time playing on that site this AM.

Thanks, I've used this for different things but WOW had no idea it did so much.


Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) almost 10 years ago

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

Posted by Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ (Weichert) almost 10 years ago

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

Posted by Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker (Realty Executives Boston West) almost 10 years ago

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!

Posted by Navona Hart, Selling the Best Properties in Central Virginia (Real Living Cornerstone) almost 10 years ago

Navona - Don't click on that link, that's why I added that last sentence with a link... just for you.  :-))

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago

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

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant (HomeSmart Realty Group) almost 10 years ago

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...

Posted by Rene Fabre, Marketing in the Digital Age (First American Title) almost 10 years ago

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

Posted by Greg Saffell, Real Estate Professional Tucson, Oro Valley AZ almost 10 years ago

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

Posted by Dan Quinn, Dan Quinn (The Eric Steart Group of Long & Foster Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

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?  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago

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

Posted by Eric Michael, Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519 (Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI) almost 10 years ago


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.

Posted by Lorraine or Loretta Kratz, Certified Negotiation Consultants (Crescent Moon Realty, Inc. & Land N Sea Auctions.) almost 10 years ago

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!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 10 years ago

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.

Posted by Sergio Horcos almost 10 years ago

Sergio - my Dad use to live in Hereford, AZ and they had info there too. 

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

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago

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!

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) almost 10 years ago

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

I'm checking out your site now...

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago

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

Posted by Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

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.

Posted by Jackie Connelly-Fornuff, "Moving at The Speed of YOU!" (Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY) almost 10 years ago

Vickie - exactly! :-)

John - anytime~

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

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago

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

Posted by Ben Hoadley (ERA Herman Group Real Estate) almost 10 years ago