I borrowed Home Buying For Dummies 4th Ed. from the library and it has a chapter on using the internet during your home buying. Here are the sites that are listed in the book in case you're looking for a home like me.
For looking up listings see:
General news on real estate:
Find out if the neighborhood is susceptible to a natural disaster or on a flood plain.
- FEMA: http://www.fema.gov/
Looking for a home inspector?
- American Society of Home Inspectors: http://ashi.org/
Find a neighborhood with great schools:
- Great Schools: http://www.greatschools.org/
- Home Fair: http://www.homefair.com/
- School Match: http://schoolmatch.com/
- Local state department of education
Information on Community Data:
- Neighborhood Scout: http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/
Mortgage data tracker:
- HSH Associates: http://www.hsh.com/