WalkScore.com Get Even Better - NEW - Transit Scores and Commute Reports!

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I live in the city of Chicago, and when we were buying a house 6 years ago, proximity to the Blue Line was something high on our list of 'needs'.  Problem was, I was new to Chicago, so it wasn't easy for me to know if there was a train close to the home we were viewing.  Today's home shopper can now look this data up in a cinch.  And even better, WalkScore has free APIs for you to add this data right on your site.

In case you aren't familiar with WalkScore, it is a great site that will give a home a 'walkability' score, based on proximity to various establishments(restaurants, grocery, transportation, etc).  A few weeks ago, they updated their algorithm to calculate the score based on actual walking paths, verses how the crow flies, which I think is a major upgrade.

Today their information is even richer with the addition of a Transit Score, or the home's proximity to public transportation. Now when I type in my home's address I also get this information:

walkscore transit scorewalkscore transit score

Plus, if you click on the "commute" tab, even more information is available.  Say I had to commute from my house to the NAR Building downtown everyday:

walkscore transit score

Highly encourage using the information which Walkscore.com gives away for free, by visiting this link WalkScore on Your Site. I think it is information that your visitors will really like. 

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Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Interesting.  Just this morning I was saying I thought there was  a change in WalkScore.  I did not know what it was though. 

I will have to look at it more carefully...

I used to have WalkScore on my WordPress blog but removed it for some reason.  I will have to see about putting it back on.

Aug 20, 2010 11:54 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Bryant Tutas
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC - Winter Garden, FL
Selling Florida one home at a time

Thanks for sharing the Sara. Good info for our buyers to have access to.

I hope all is well with you.

Sep 04, 2010 12:26 AM #2
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Karl Hess
Keller Williams Shore Properties - Barnegat, NJ
on The Jersey Shore

This is what I'm talking about!  I great tool to use for almost every client!

Sep 04, 2010 06:28 AM #4
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Sharon Paxson
Compass - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate

Hi Sara - this is great information and you are right about being new to an area.

Sep 04, 2010 07:39 AM #5
Rainmaker
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John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

A lot of the areas in Las Vegas aren't really walkable, especially in 108 degree temps like we're supposed to have today. Glad to see the addition of transit and commute stats.

Sep 04, 2010 08:06 AM #6
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Ann Wilkins
Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty - Oakland, CA
Oakland, Berkeley, Piedmont CA

Thanks for the info.  We commonly use the Walk Score but in our Urban Area, the tranist score is also VERY important.  Having commuted to San Francisco for several years, I knew every busline and every "casual carpool" pick-up spot in my area.  That was part of my value add!  Now I'm being challenged by a website, but it should make me even sharper and more knowledgeable

Sep 04, 2010 10:26 AM #7
Rainer
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Blatt + Cutino
Coldwell Banker Realty - Monterey, CA
Broker-Associate 831/206-8070*Call today*

Thank you for the update! I have used walkscore and my clients love it. It is a handy tool to use for a listing presentation as well. Again, thanks for the reminder.

Angelica Blatt

Sep 04, 2010 12:57 PM #8
Rainmaker
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Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
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Thanks Sara for sharing this. I am going to have to put this on my Active Rain Blog. Once I get my new website running,I am going to put this there as well. Have a great weekend. Great post.

Sep 04, 2010 03:51 PM #10
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