Have you seen the new* neighborhoods on Realtor.com ?
What do you think of it? Nationally Realtor.com has 34 markets now where they have neighborhoods. How does Realtor.com look in your market? How is Realtor.com Neighborhoods the same or different than what ActiveRain intended Localism.com to be?
Will you build neighborhoods for Realtor.com? Do you think consumers will build neighborhoods for Realtor.com?
Realtor.com has 88 Columbus neighborhoods listed so far. In Columbus Ohio some of what Realtor.com is calling neighborhoods are cities (suburbs) and some are Columbus neighborhoods. As they say in the video, it's a wiki. Realtors, community members can go in an define what neighborhoods are.
Inman Video about Neighborhoods being introduced on Realtor.com and more...
I looked at one Central Ohio area on ColumbusBestBlog.com Worthington. On Realtor.com the neighborhood they are identifying as Worthington is the Worthington ZIP code so it includes part of the City of Columbus, Worthington School District but not all of the Worthington School District in the City of Columbus, just the areas in the 43085 ZIP code.
The average home price Realtor.com states for Worthington bears no resemblance to reality. They say it has an average price of $199,900. The average list price for the area Realtor.com is identifying as Worthington is $234,926. It varies greatly between the part of the ZIP code that is in the City of Worthington and the part that is in the City of Columbus.
The Average Rental Price for Worthington sounds crazy too but I have no way to check it out.
Much of the neighborhood info on Realtor.com neighborhoods for Columbus comes from Wikipedia. One of the city of Columbus neighborhoods on the Realtor.com list is Hungarian Village. I have always wondered when I see Hungarian Village in the list of neighborhoods in the Wikipedia entry for Columbus Ohio if it is someone joking or if historically there was an area on the south end of Columbus where Hungarians settled and someone would like to see Hungarian Village designated a neighborhood. Realtor.com gives a map of Hungarian Village and shows the homes that are listed in that area.
I know I searched the Columbus Board of Realtors MLS (multiple listing service) once for listings and could not find anything listed as Hungarian Village. Columbus has a neighborhood named Italian Village and a neighborhood named German Village. I have never heard of Hungarian Village in Columbus except on Wikipedia. The neighborhood info Realtor.com has for Columbus all seems to be "Source: Wikipedia.org"The Hungarian Village nieighborhood inrigues me... now this is outside of my area of expertise and I don't want to be Googlable for neighborhoods outside my area of expertise... but I believe I know some legitimate Columbus Ohio neighborhoods in the area that Realtor.com is identifying as Hungarian Village. Legitimate neighborhoods... I mean people say "I live in ____" or "I want to buy a house in_______" or "I have a house to sell in _____"
The price Realtor.com has as Average Rental Price for Hungarian Village seems crazy low to me....
* Edit June 2011. Gone? Elsewhere? the link just leads to Realtor.com now. You can find that on your own.... breaking the link.