Saturday, February 07, 2009

A new way to look for a house

Sometimes searching by zip code or other criteria doesn't provide enough context to find homes in the neighborhoods you really want. HomeQuest, a local Portland company, has an application that makes it a lot easier, and, frankly, more fun.

To see an example, check out Ron Ares's blog, choose a region in the left column, and start clicking on neighborhoods on the map. Not only is this a great way to see the context of a house as well as details about it, it's an easy-to-use tool for homeowners to see what's for sale near them, and how much it's listed for. Of course, integrating Google maps into your application is never a bad idea.

The expand/collapse functionality of the search filters is another great widget that more sites are using nowadays, mostly to great effect.

My only suggestion at this point is to add a feature, similar to, that allows user to draw lines on the map that would serve as boundaries. I'd love to be able to search specifically in one area that I can determine, or even exclude properties in an area.

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