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Listings to get walkability ratings

Zillow, ZipRealty, Postlets to feature 'Walk Score'

Real estate Web sites with more than 80 million online listings -- including Zillow.com, ZipRealty.com and Postlets.com -- will provide a "Walk Score" with each property using an application that automatically scores the walkability of each home's surrounding neighborhood. In announcing the partnership with real estate Web sites, Seattle-based "civic software" developer Front Seat said the company hopes a property's Walk Score will rank right up with the number of bedrooms and bathrooms in a home in importance. "Our vision is for property listings to read: Bedrooms 3, Bathrooms: 2, Walk Score: 84," said Front Seat founder and chairman, Mike Mathieu, in a statement. Front Seat said other sites that will use Walk Score include REcolorado.com and ColoProperty.com. All told, the sites have more than 85 million listings, although many properties are represented on more than one site. Walk Score looks at the distance to walkable locations near an a...

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