Monthly Archives: April 2014

GIS Tech to the rescue of home buyers….again

April 29th, 2014

Many times when a buyer moves to a new town, they are challenged with picking the best location.

That experience is doubly difficult if youngsters are involved, then it needs to take into account bus routes, distance to schools, distance to after school sports and activities, etc, etc.

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I’ve talked before about Walkscore and how relevant their info is.

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In fact I see NZ real estate companies are now incorporating this info in their data set, and publishing it along with other details of a property.

And although they do a good job, from the the “if its not broke, don’t fix it” stage left pops up a new comer … Isoscope.

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And their view takes a slightly more visual approach all around. You’ll note there is also a time line there to tell the program what time you would like to set off on a journey of discovery, and presumably….background data will depict traffic situations around that time and offer up yet another way to view data.

Both are worth a look if you are looking to visit a new place, or even look to buy a property there.

SOURCE:

Walkscore – http://www.walkscore.com/score/76-trafalgar-st-nelson-nelson-new-zealand

Isoscope – http://www.flaviogortana.com/isoscope/

 

Slow local broadband can really knock a home price around

April 11th, 2014

The Telegraph in England has published an engaging topic, via data from Rightmove, arguably the UKs biggest Property portal.

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In the article, they contend that by not having fast/ultra fast broadband, then homeowners could potentially suffer up to a 20% reduction in their assets value.

They, Rightmove UK,  base this on…

“research it (they) conducted among among 3,000 people found that broadband details were ranked as a more important feature when searching for property than information on transport links and nearby schools.”

Makes for interesting reading, and even more so amongst the amount of #gigatown vibe out there in NZ at present.

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The “fuel guage” they use above is quite compelling too. What data should always be….easy to read and understand.

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Mind you, paying GB£5,000,000 you’d probably expect no less.

It certainly would aid any New Zealand area, including Nelson where hundreds already support the #gigatownNSN hashtag.

SOURCE – Slow broadband wipes 20% off house prices – The Telegraph UK