Sarasota real estate broker Christina Miller of Peens Property Group incorporates Walk Score, a map-based tool that calculates how walkable a neighborhood is on a scale of 0-100 to Sarasota, Manatee, and Charlotte County Florida MLS Listings.
Online PR News – 31-August-2010 – – Sarasota Florida – For many who choose to hibernate in Florida during the cold northern winters, walking to various cafés, restaurants and shopping opportunities from their home is certainly an added amenity. Searching from out-of-state for a new residence to spend your hibernation hiatus can be a daunting task when you are not familiar with what this winter haven has to offer.
Sarasota real estate broker Christina Miller has published some very special tools to make a real estate search in our area as easy as possible from wherever you currently reside.
Using a conglomerate of special applications designed by companies and organizations such as Google, WordPress, Front Seat, MyMarketingCompany, WPRealty, and others, a very special real estate website has been published that allows searchers of Sarasota homes for sale to really understand not only the features of the real estate being offered but the neighborhood features as well. ‘This is not technology that can be found in the standard MLS data of a listing, it has to be added to the 22,000 MLS listings we download daily from the MLS to display on Christina’s website,’ said Roy Hunter of MyMarketingCompany.com, the company responsible for the design work seen within the application.
‘Home searchers that are using the site published by Christina have the ability to not only find the most-current real estate listing information directly from the Sarasota, Manatee, and Charlotte County MLS, they can also learn about the neighborhood, take a virtual drive down the neighborhood streets using Google’s Street View, and see what amenities are within a short walking distance from any perspective residence using a special technology developed by Front Seat called Walk Score,’ Roy Hunter added.
Walk Score will show you the businesses within walking distance of the home as well as clickable information on those businesses. According to CNN, “Walk Score helps pinpoint areas in the U.S. that offer a walking lifestyle.” By the Walk Score measure, walkability is a direct function of how many destinations are located within a short distance (generally between one-quarter mile and one mile of a home).
Walking distance and home values
Examining data from 98,000 home sales in 15 metropolitan areas, and controlling for other relevant factors, economist Joe Cortright stated that each increase of one point on Walk Score’s walkability scale raises home values by $700 to $3000.
This is especially true in areas such as Sarasota Florida with nearly half of the residents being seasonal and semi-retired. Walking plays a major part in many semi-retired lifestyles.
If you are searching for real estate in cities such as Sarasota, Bradenton, Port Charlotte, Palmetto, Longboat Key, Anna Maria Island, and any other city between Tampa Bay and Charlotte Harbor and would like to experience these enhanced MLS listings, Christina Miller’s Sarasota real estate website can be found at http://mysarasotafloridahomes.com. If you are a real estate agent in the MFR region and would like to inquire about the high-end WordPress real estate websites that feature this functionality, you can find more information at http://www.realestateprosites.com.