Armed with an arsenal of websites detailing everything from area crime to health risks, home hunters can now easily find the truth behind dubious ads

May 24, 2010

With a flurry of new tools available on the internet, the process of house hunting and rental-finding is changing. You can now search for everything from the number of B&Es in an areas to reviews of landlords to being able to walk around the neighbourhood, from the comfort of your home. Did you know that the New York State Department of Health launched an online-map that shows types of cancer in each census area, as well as potentially hazardous sites nearby? Wow!

According to the Globe and Mail:

“While such resources certainly empower renters and buyers, they can also cause information overload, making the search an even more frustrating process. They also put pressure on those who compile listings to change their ways, since vague or misleading descriptions of properties can be easily debunked.”

While this is cool from tenants, I am sure that a lot of landlords would like an online tool to find out more about potential-tenants before they lease out their property!

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