The Realist Map enhances your searching by allowing you to visually see the results of your search and zoom in to actual views of the property and its surrounding location. Search results appear on the Map as push pins with the Map zoomed to a “best fit” level to see all of the matching properties. When you click a push pin, a hover box opens giving you an overview of the property and the ability to zoom in on the Map, quickly identify related properties, view photos of the property (when applicable) and view reports:
Mapped Properties and the Search Results Grid
The Map works seamlessly with the search results grid – if you click a search result row in the grid, the Map automatically highlights the corresponding property push pin on the Map. Conversely, if you select a push pin on the Map, that property is highlighted within the Search Results Grid, making property identification easier than ever.
Realist Map Views
The Realist Map contains different views that let you see different aspects about the properties you’ve selected on the Map:
- Road: The Road view is a standard Map view showing the roads and road names.
- Aerial: The Aerial view is a satellite view of the property from above, showing property details. This view is best for identifying properties visually.
- Hybrid: The Hybrid view shows an aerial overlaid with roads and road names.
- Birdseye: The Birdseye view of a property shows an oblique 45 degree image of a property for a close-up view of the area from above.
Realist Map Tools
The Realist Map includes a full set of tools that allow you to customize the Map to give you a holistic perspective on a search area.
- Drawing Tools: The drawing tools let you work directly on the Map to refine and enhance your search criteria and search results. You can use shape tools to draw a circle, rectangle, or polygon around an area in which you wish to search. For example, you can define a shape area to find properties within a certain radius of a school, a place of work, or other point of interest.
- Annotations: Annotations let you make personal notes in callouts that you can place anywhere on a Map and that will be included on maps you print or email to your clients.
- Boundaries: Boundaries controls the boundary lines that appear on the Map, including Zip Codes, County lines, Parcel boundaries, School District boundaries, and even Common Neighborhood boundaries.
- Property and Sales Information: This tool lets you “layer” the Map with important information to consider when you are recommending a listing or purchase price on a property, including a picture of distressed properties (Pre-Foreclosure, Auction, REO/Bank owned), MLS Listings (Active, Pending, Expired), Tax and MLS Sales, ValueMap Automated Valuations, and property characteristics.
- Trends: The Trends tool provides a thematic view into the sales and market trends for a particular area – either by Zip Code or common Neighborhood. These trend layers allow you to “visualize” market conditions and develop fresh interpretations of market conditions.
- Points of Interest: Points of Interest helps you quickly locate points of interest in a particular area, or near a particular property. This includes things like transportation, banks, schools, restaurants, gas stations, and many others. You can use this tool in conjunction with drawing tools to measure distances or points within a radius to further refine your searches.
- Driving Directions: Driving Directions lets you quickly find directions to a specific address and print or email them to yourself or a client. This tool helps you jump directly from your research into your car to get to work.
- Jump to Area: This tool lets you jump to a specific address on the map or to a Zip code or city. Its purpose is to allow you to zoom to an area and use the other map tools to explore.
Using the Realist Map covers the Realist Map and all its tools and uses in detail.