A great tool when looking to buy a property is using Google .
A great feature on Google is Google Maps which pinpoints a property address and can give you an aerial view of the particular property you have interest in as well as the surrounding areas; I personally use Google Maps all the time.
Another great thing to do is: go to Google and type in the address of a property that interests you and just see what comes up, something might be revealed about the street such as any further developments or any history in the street such as any crime problems etc. It might also reveal the reason why a seller is selling their home!
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