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New Site Connects Chicago New Homes and School Districts

July 11, 2012

school busesLooking to buy a Chicago new home in a great school district before school starts back this fall? Your home search just got a little easier with the recent introduction of SchoolSparrow.

“It’s hard to find where the good schools are, and it’s even harder to find the real estate in the right school boundaries,” says Tom Brown, SchoolSparrow’s founder and chief designer. “It was even hard for me, and I’m a real-estate broker with access to the [multiple listing service].”

SchoolSparrow’s site is a great resource for families on the hunt for a new home. The site guarantees that all of its information is accurate, unlike data that realtors may give out. Brown said that he has input the zigzagging boundaries of the city’s more than 400 public schools, and that the site cross-references available listings with individual schools.

The site, which was launched as a freestanding product in May, ranks each school according to test-score data. Brown plans to later add in additional information such as safety scores and rates of parental involvement. Users are also able to search for rentals and for-sale homes by school district, home size or by price.

This site has already brought great relief to many Chicago real estate buyers who were frustrated by previous lack of or incorrect information. Brown also runs another resourceful site, LiveByTransit, which allows home buyers to find homes near Chicago’s public transit.

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Mitch Levinson is the author of “Internet Marketing: The Key to Increased New Home Sales” published by BuilderBooks. He is an Internet marketing expert with expertise in search engine optimization, website development, email marketing, social media and CRM consulting services. He is known for creating effective programs that can be tracked through analytics to prove effectiveness and ROI. Mitch is founder and president of MLC New Home Marketing and MLC FlatFee Realty, as well as managing partner of mRELEVANCE, LLC, a Marketing, Communication, Interactive agency with offices in Chicago and Atlanta. He currently leads the Chicago team. A Multi-Million Dollar Sales Producer who earned an MBA in Computer Information Systems and eCommerce, he brings a unique perspective and experience to the field of real estate communications. Mitch combines the two interests in order to help home builders and developers gain a competitive advantage through the Internet and technology. When he isn’t behind a computer, he enjoys participating in sports and coaching his kids’ teams. Mitch resides in Arlington Heights, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago, with his family, which includes two rambunctious labs. Visit my Google+ profile.

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