The rush hour traffic in the metro Atlanta is infamous. Cities like New York and Los Angeles have always been known for their frustrating gridlock, but covering almost 8,500 square miles or roughly the size of Massachusetts, the city of Atlanta is a contender for the worst traffic in the country. And the traffic situation is only getting more widespread due to the steady influx of people into the city and the limitations of the public transportation system.
When home shoppers consider buying in the metro Atlanta area, location looms heavily in their ultimate decision due to the potential for a daily traffic nightmare if they pick the wrong neighborhood. Not only does this effect those that are commuting for work, but those looking to purchase in communities in close proximity to shopping and dining can be stuck in their own local rush hour. While proximity to schools, grocery stores, and restaurants might seem great initially, the residents of some popular communities sit on surface streets just as long as those sitting on the interstates during peak activity hours.
So what is a home buyer to do? For those that want to spend less time in the car each day, Homesnap has just launched a feature on their home search platform to allow for both consumers and real estate agents to search for properties based on the commute time. The “Search by Commute” function allows for users to filter the property results based on the drive time for up to five destinations of your choosing. The results you are given will compare homes within your specified maximum drive time.
The option to add multiple destination points is great for homes with more than one working adult or for buyers with children in school. The data supplied by Homesnap comes from real-time traffic analysis and machine-learning technology. This allows for potential buyers to alleviate the concern of longer than expected drive times by limiting their results to just those within their targeted commute limitation.
Other applications have also taken to this type of adaptive home search filtering. INRIX Drive Time has a more limited search capability but does sort homes by commute time. For home buyers, this could be a game changer. Agents can utilize these home search aggregates to help buyers narrow down homes that will truly be the best fit and home buyers can get a truer sense of what commuting to their new property will be like on a daily basis.