Already we are seeing the new level of competition for online property websites bringing better tools for the buying public and it’s great to see Trade Me introducing new improvements to their property section. Here’s a snippet of some of their new improvements:
We’ve introduced a new map-based tool which enable users to search for properties for sale via an interactive map. It’s another logical way for buyers to explore the areas they’re most interested in. We’re rolling this out over the next 24 hours and we expect to have this functionality available for rental properties shortly too.
We’ve just released school zone information on Trade Me Property listings. This means that for most residential listings you can now see which early childhood centres are close by, and the primary and secondary schools a property is zoned for.
We’ve changed the side-bar search, so people can search through multiple suburbs at once. It’s a small change, but it makes your life easier when you’re property hunting.
The upgrade of the site to search by multiple suburbs is a biggy in my opinion and for the life of me I can’t understand why all the big corporate sites don’t have this feature? I would have thought this is one of the fundamentals of providing a quality search engine for customers to easily navigate and source property in the geographic area that they are most interested in. Who wants to spend hours tediously searching for property one suburb at a time?!
I do wonder what Realestate.co.nz are going to come up with next. Isn’t it interesting though, when we have to dig deeper and find better ways of doing business, just what oil can be found.
I say bring it on, and as end users our lives are going to become easier with more practical tools at our disposal.
What do you want to see when it comes to searching for property online? I’d appreciate your thoughts.