Today's edition of the MLXchange News- a daily update from our My Florida Regional MLS (MFRMLS)- pointed out a new feature for the MyFloridaHomesMLS.com website. It's a Lifestyle Searches feature- and right now, I'm having a hard time deciding on whether to consider the thing a friend or a foe.
Conventional wisdom says that whatever makes it easier for folks to find "the right house" for them is a good thing. But conventional wisdom also says that there are times when technology is not necessarily great technology, when access might not mean progress.
Tough to argue with the premise here: one in five homeowners have either moved from their home or would like to move because their neighborhood or community wasn't ideal for their lifestyle. I will offer a bit of argument, though, with how folks might use these Lifestyle Searches and with how we might have to react to those uses.
This feature gives users the ability(?) to search for homes and filter them out based on criteria such as "Area with culture", "Entertainment, nightlife", "Safe & healthy area" and "Family friendly area".
Area with "culture"? Says who? And does that mean other areas are un-cultured? Just wonderin'...
Entertainment, nightlife? Good idea to categorize what's best for younger singles? Don't know...
Safe & healthy area? Tell me if you're comfortable agreeing with a client who calls and asks "MLS says that area is safe and healthy- is that right?"
And lastly, Family friendly area? This is based on things that appeal to folks with school age children Riiiiiiiiight. Can't speak for everyone, but I can tell you I'm not touching an "Is this really a family friendly area? question any time soon....
Lifestyle Searches- friend or foe? MyFloridaHomesMLS.com