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Major franchise region adds commute time feature to its home search app

Consumers can set a maximum commute time and search for homes in their driving range

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Commute time is a major factor in the purchase decision of many homebuyers -- and Re/Max Regional Services has just added a new CommuteTime feature in the MAXview HomeSearch app to align desired commute distance with home searches. This new feature, powered by INRIX Drive Time, allows consumers to set the maximum commute time from up to three locations for any time of day. Homebuyers will know in advance how long a commute they will have before they buy a home. Last year, Re/Max began rolling out the same INRIX tool on its website. The concept of commute time has been around a long time. Enterprising homebuyers used Google Maps to calculate routes and travel time before search portals added such features. Trulia and Homes.com both have commute time features in their searches, as do some brokerages, such as Windermere. While using Google Maps is still a perfectly acceptable option, portals and brokers are increasingly bringing in some version of commute time calculatio...