Choosing Where You Live: A House-hunter Checklist for Environmentally-Friendly Living

Share Article launches a new service that lets prospective home buyers view sources of air, water and noise pollution in a neighborhood., a real estate Web site, has developed an innovative Ecology tool that allows house-hunters to view sources of air, water and noise pollution in a neighborhood.

A good way to begin a research about a neighborhood is to start with some environmental statistics. Homebuyers should ensure that the selected property is not located too close to pollution sources, for example, power plants, heavy factories, dump sites, heavy-traffic highways or railways (noise pollution).

"There's a lot of environmental data and statistics on the Internet, but our goal was to make it available to house hunters in ways that are more understandable and more visual - in the form of diagrams," comments Julia Foster, VP of Marketing, "Buyers can use these diagrams to answer questions like: What are the major sources of air pollution within several miles of my new home? What are the relative contributions of air, water and noise pollution? What sources are near my son or daughter's school? Which chemicals are emitted by a particular facility or mobile sources in this area?" To answer these questions homebuyers need check out Ecology tab displayed on every home listing.

With air pollution and traffic on the rise, it increasingly makes sense to consider how environmentally friendly a city is before moving there. "Living in a town with serious pollution is like living under a death sentence", continues Foster. "If the damage does not come from the immediate poisoning, then cancers, lung infections, mental retardation are likely the outcomes."

Most homebuyers before they buy a home should consider things such as what is the quality of the drinking water in the area and what is the condition of the local watershed? Foster says buyers should also check into these things: "What is the source of drinking water in the area or neighborhood? Does the water have an odor? Is the water in the area known to be "hard" water? Are there any known contaminated rivers, lakes, beaches?"

The more time you spend studying the location the less likely you are to discover something you really dislike about the neighborhood after you have bought the home.

About is a for-sale-by-owner website listing about 2 million homes for sale. Listings are available for homes all over the United States. puts the power of buying and selling at your fingertips. View Colorado Springs, CO homes for sale.

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