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INRIX exec hints Windermere to add search by commute time

Tech company, soon to go public, sources real-time traffic data from about 100 million vehicles and devices

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Windermere Real Estate may soon add an option for consumers to filter home searches by commute time on the brokerage company’s website, an exec at traffic information provider INRIX Inc. let slip today at the Real Estate Connect conference. “You can expect in the next month Windermere will have an announcement,” said Kevin Foreman, general manager of geoanalytics at INRIX. Foreman spoke on a panel about leveraging “big data” to drive business. When pressed by panel facilitator and Inman News Publisher Brad Inman to elaborate, Foreman said “one might speculate” that potential homebuyers would be able to search for a particular type of home within, say, 35 minutes of their workplace. INRIX will likely go public later this year and could raise up to $100 million, according to news outlets. In March, INRIX announced it had partnered with Seattle-based Windermere to release INRIX Drive Time on Windermere.com, a feature that allows consumers to ent...