Deciding whether to make a move or not might just be easier with this — real estate site Zillow launched a new feature called Compare, a search tool that lets users look at two different housing markets, side by side.

It works like this: Users plug in two locales — compare regions, cities, even neighborhoods in the same city — and the general info pops up, including median home value, median list and sale prices, the number of listed homes for sale, and homes sold. Seattle-based Zillow explains how it all works over at their blog.

After a few quick entries, it did indeed pull up handy info on Seattle neighborhoods, as well as my old stomping grounds of Brooklyn, N.Y., vs. Seattle. It was fast, easy and the data seemed right on. The brief summary underneath the data also helps to put the information into perspective.

Zillow was launched in 2006 by co-founders Rich Barton and Lloyd Frink. Barton is the founder of Expedia, and Frink was also at the travel site as senior VP, supplier relations. Zillow reports that it has a database of more than 100 million U.S. homes.

Molly Brown is a writer and editor who comes from an arts and culture background, including stints at Billboard Magazine and Kirkus Reviews. An avid blogger on all-things culture, she covers a wide range of fun, geeky topics on GeekWire's Geek Life beat.
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