In what should surely spur another burst of creativity from the real estate developer set, the New York Times announced this week a brand new Real Estate API.

The Times API contains real estate data from the NYC Department of Finance dating back to 2003 and all the classifieds data from the Grey Lady dating back to 2007.

What exactly does it offer?

The API offers aggregate data divided into two sets: listings and actual sale prices. You can get the number (”counts”) of listings and sales per ZIP code, neighborhood and borough, for various building types and date ranges. You can also get percentile prices for listings and sales per ZIP code, neighborhood and borough, again for various building types and time periods.

You could mash that up with a simple Google Map to get an elegant heat map of how prices in Manhattan have changed over time or go a step further and layer in the data from the Trulia API or the Zillow API too.

This may even be a cool project to tackle at Connect Create this summer in San Francisco. What is Connect Create?

From the Inman News web site:

72 hours. A room of developers. One killer app. Watch innovation come to life during Connect as technologists compete to create something amazing for you to take home.

Winner gets to strut their stuff on stage the final day of the conference. Pretty cool opportunity!

Any other APIs out there folks can talk advantage of? Leave ’em in the comments and I’ll update this post.

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