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/

 

April 29 2014 | Buyers and General and Nelson and Sellers and Stats / Sales Data and Technology | Comments Off

Otago Uni creates online injured cyclist-door crash map

Feb 8th, 2012

Just noticed Otago University have been working on a NZ wide aid to residents, and I also think it could be looked at as another “helper” in the mix for folk considering their options about living in certain areas.

They mention their aim ;

A searchable online map showing where in New Zealand cyclists have been injured as a result of car doors opening has been created by University of Otago injury prevention researchers.

Currently the map shows approximately 245 cycle door injury location over this 2007-11 period and indicates their seriousness and the direction the cyclist was traveling. And because its an overlay that rests on-top of Google Maps, its a breeze to use and visualise.

Otago researchers create online injured cyclist-door crash map

Great idea, and again, shows the advantages that the web can offer up each and every day.

February 08 2013 | Buyers and General and Nelson and New Zealand and Stats / Sales Data and Technology | Comments Off

Public Transport in Nelson * UPDATED *

May 8th 2012

Back in Feb/Mar 2012, the new NBUS service was introduced to Nelson.

The NBus operation is operated by SBL Group on behalf of Nelson City Council.

This new initiative saw a fleet of brand new 13.5-metre-long 50-seater low floor wheelchair friendly buses introduced to Nelsonians, and travelers alike, and quickly gained good support.

New services were introduced and along with increased frequency during busy times, the hours of operation also were extended.

Here’s a brief video on the new service;

The video also talks about the new “hail & ride” service ( offered on selected local neighbourhood routes ) serviced by smaller buses, and also about the much anticipated user operated “bike carriers” that are mounted on the front of the new units.

More details here;

NBUS FAQ

Zones & Fares (with downloadable map)

Interactive Map showing actual route bus-stop locations

May 08 2012 | Buyers and General and Nelson and Technology | Comments Off

Nelson City Council produces new video clip…

March 30th, 2012

According to the Nelson City Council publication, “Live Nelson” this is a fabulous youtube video clip promoting Nelson.

….it opens with an aerial view of Nelson looking from behind town….

They mention that the clip takes the viewer on a journey….

through the Wakefield Quay Art Walk, along Nelsons waterfront..

CREDIT – Nelson City Council, Nelson

FURTHER INFO:

Map and information for the Quay Art Walk: http://goo.gl/936To
Audio file of the walk on The Prow website: http://goo.gl/5jdM2

http://nelsoncitycouncil.co.nz
http://fb.me/nelsoncitycouncil
http://twitter.com/nelsoncitynz

 

March 30 2012 | General and Nelson | Comments Off

Its Real Estate Jim, but not as we know it

August 17th, 2011

In the old days, 90% of buyers would come into a real estate office and ask, or in more recent times search, for a desired property starting with / based on the number of bedrooms they wanted.

Times, they are, a changin’……

Get ready for the age of the retiring baby boomer. Get ready for the professional couple without children for who, the number of bedrooms isn’t quite as relevant as it was 15 – 20 years ago.

What they are looking for is a lifestyle location, within a lifestyle destination, and then comes the number of bedrooms and those other things……..

Today’s standard real estate search doesn’t appear to cater directly to that.

pick your desired location based on what "lifestyle" you want...

Enter the “lifestyle search”, in the instantly very easy to read “heatmap” format.

After over 2 years in development, their USA site has gone live in a Beta way.

But trying to explain it rather than just using it….its a bit like trying to tell you about a picture in 1,000 words. So no, in this case, its definitely best to testdrive the real McCoy for yourself.

Head on over to Spatialmatch’s (beta) website here….and see exactly what I mean. You’ll spot a bit of Walkscore in there too, but there is so much more. The future looks bright.

SOURCE – www.spatialmatch.com

August 17 2011 | Buyers and General and Sellers and Technology and The Market | Comments Off

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