After watching this video, you’ll become proficient in working with one of RPR’s most powerful tools. RPR maps let you visually search by zip code, neighborhoods, city or specific addresses. The RPR map feature also allows users to search for properties and uncover market trends, as well as set walk and drive distance parameters. You can use aerial, road, and overhead views, to searching by schools, points of interest (POIs) and heat maps.
The RPR Map
In this video we’ll cover how to use the RPR Map to visually search for properties and uncover market trends. From aerial, road, and overhead views, to schools, points of interest (POI), estimated values, heat maps, and geographic overlays, I’ll show you just how easy it is to draw or designate your map in ways you need for your business.
Lets get started….
View the RPR Map by searching for a geographic area … a zip code will work perfectly. When you arrive at the search results, choose Map View to access the larger Map. Also from any Property details page, choose Bigger map.
In this view, define your own search area by drawing it on the map, or by displaying the outlines of a geography such as neighborhood, ZIP, city or county and then searching one or more of those areas.
Use the tools above the map to create and save your customized search.
There are four customized search options in the horizontal toolbar:
draw a shape which allows you to draw a box, radius or polygon on the map,
use a map pin which features a drive time or distance search,
use a custom area where you can either create a new custom area or use a predefined area that has been saved,
Use “show geographies” to search by zip, neighborhood, city, county and a variety of other choices depending on the zoom level of your map.
Let’s take a deeper look at each of the main map searches.
Search by drawing a shape
The first dropdown menu reveals the box, radius and polygon search. Select and draw your map.. A box search can be useful for finding a potentially representative sample of properties in an area you don’t know well. The custom radius search can be useful if your search involves a landmark or property you need proximity to, and the polygon search can be helpful when you have clear, linear boundaries for the area you want to search, for example a highway or river.
After drawing your area, a pop up box will appear that allows you to search, edit and save the area. Click search in this area. Access this popup again to edit, search again or save the area by clicking on the search area. Save the area via the blue Save button above the map. Your search results are also in list form below the map.
Use a Map Pin
To access drive time and distance search options select “Use a map pin” from the toolbar. Drive Time search uses RPR traffic patterns to display approximate driving times, in average conditions. This search type is helpful, for instance, if a client is searching for a property no more than 15 minutes from a specific location like an office, school or other property.
When selecting “Drive Time” enter a street address in the search address field or drop a pin on the map where you want to center your search. You will see an option to search by time of day, day of the week, length of journey, and whether your trip is by car or walking. Clicked Apply, make sure you select the highlighted area and choose “Search in this Area” to update your search results.
The “Distance” search option works similarly. Drop a pin on the map and then choose your ideal distance, between 1 and 25 miles. Select apply to see your search area, then select the overlay and choose “search in this area.”
Use a Custom Area
Use the Custom Area search option if you have a predefined area that has been saved. From the menu, select the custom area. You can also create a new custom area from this menu. Select “Create a new one” and pop up will appear walking you through the steps.. Customize the search filters before you execute your search.
Your last map tool is “Show Geographies” which allows you to search by county, township, city, ZIP, neighborhood, census block group, school district and school attendance zone. First, select a geography using the “Show Geographies” dropdown on the far right of the map. Depending on your zoom level, different search options will appear.
Once a geographical boundary has been selected, it will be shown on the map below. .
Click on an area to search. Click again to deselect it. Select multiple areas by clicking on them one at a time. Select “Reset Map” to start over. When you have finished selecting your area or areas, press “Search in these Geographies.”
Your knowledge of an area can be significantly enhanced by applying layers to your RPR map. Heats maps display a geography’s home values, average sales price, flood zones, square foot values, distressed properties, and more. The data layers displayed in heat maps are intended to give users another way to understand trends and data for geographies of interest.
See the option to display heat maps below the map and to the right. It’s helpful to choose the “gray” map background option to better visualize the data. Choose an indicator such as “12-month Change in Estimated Value” or “Flood Zones” to see similarities and differences across the area you searched. A legend for interpreting the data is shown below the map.
Points of Interest
Our last view into RPR maps is Points of Interest or POIs. On the upper right of the map, select POI to uncover amenities and businesses within close proximity of your search area. A drop down will show the categories of interest you can show on the map – everything from banks and parks to restaurants and airports.
Select Show More POIs to reveal more categories. Selections will appear on the map. Click any POI to display its basic information. There’s also an option to search for nearby listings. It’s a good idea to save for future reference.
Hopefully this helps give you an overview of all the RPR map has to offer and the ways in which it can help you find the perfect location for your client.
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