How do you plan your trip to multiple destinations?

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Dynasty

  These days I am always relying on my GPS to get to point A to points B, C, D etc. Even though it might not always give me the best directions, eventually I will find my way there.

  For the past few weeks I been visiting 40 - 60 different houses/day on my car and am trying different ways to minimize how long it takes so I can visit even more houses a day. I was able greatly increase the number of houses I go to by assigning each house a number and then group the addresses into clusters.

  Even though I am able to cluster the homes in each area, I still at the moment have to manually enter the homes into my GPS. I figured that if I get a new GPS with a certain manufacturer and model, I would be able to have the GPS download all the routes online. I need to purchase the GPS in the next few days and try this out.

  I was wondering if someone came across this and have another solution?

Comments (6)

Carolyn Kolba
Serving Mentor, and all of Lake County, Ohio - Mentor, OH
Keller Williams Realty- Mentor, Ohio

Song:  I do not know how things are in your local MLS, but in mine... there is a feature that you click on that maps a certain portion, or all of, the homes you are showing, and then puts them in some sort of logical showing order.  Does your local MLS offer this service.  I suggest you inquire.  It is awesome.

Aug 01, 2010 07:20 PM
Song San
Coldwell Banker Dynasty - Rosemead, CA
Broker, MBA

 Carolyn, I was also using the local MLS mapping feature but eventually you will either have to print the map routes for all the destinations or manually entered them in the GPS. I found entering multiple addresses (like 25 of them) faster on Googlemap, but Googlemap does not allow you to download the routes to your GPS.

Aug 02, 2010 09:47 PM
Julia Odom
Select Realty Professionals - Chattanooga, TN
Chattanooga Homes for Sale

I don't know anything about it, but I've heard others mention dashfly.com. You might check and see if it does what you are trying to do.

Aug 04, 2010 06:52 AM
Song San
Coldwell Banker Dynasty - Rosemead, CA
Broker, MBA

 Thanks Julia I will check them out. Just got another GPS today and see if that one would work.

Aug 04, 2010 07:33 PM
Karen Rice Madison AL Realtor
Keller Williams Realty Madison - Madison, AL
256-348-1527 Call/Text

Song, In mapquest, you can add several locations for one trip.  Once mapquest generates the map showing the route, you can rearrange the houses into a sensible order using the up and down arrows next to each address (in the address list).  I'd be interested to hear what GPS you purchased and how it works out for you.

Aug 09, 2010 02:49 AM
Song San
Coldwell Banker Dynasty - Rosemead, CA
Broker, MBA

 Hi Karen, I do use mapquest to do the routing and it lets me add up to 25 destinations. Problem that I discovered is that afterward if you want to use your GPS to guide you, you would need to manually entered the destinations on the GPS (all 25 of them) or if you have a certain Garmin GPS that Mapquest supports, then you could download the routes.

 So I did purchase a new Garmin GPS just to try this feature. I don't know why it does not support Tom Tom and other GPS brands. Unfortunately Google Maps which I found to be quicker to enter multiple destinations does not have a download to GPS function.

Aug 09, 2010 09:04 PM