Technology

Latest twist in real estate search will help buyers find communities

Enclaves that form around 'social objects' like parks can transcend neighborhood boundaries

Watch for a slew of online real estate search sites to add yet another layer of precision as Maponics rolls out data products that make it possible to look for homes in distinct communities that can form around "social objects" like hospitals, national parks, school grounds and military bases. The goal is to take real estate search beyond neighborhood boundaries, which are often arbitrary and can lump together enclaves that meaningfully differ from each other. Consumers could use searches powered by Maponics' "Communities" data to discover listings within a five-minute walk of a dog-friendly park that’s big enough for a dog to run in, said Maponics CEO Dan Adams. Maponics just released "+Hospitals Boundaries," and is gearing up to unveil "+School Grounds," among other data sets. The latter will show the boundaries of school properties, not attendance zones or school districts, which Maponics has offered for some time. URBAN4M has tried to achieve the same objec...