Commute times driving Millennial home buying decisions

Commute time to work, school, shopping, and retail has become an important determining factor for Millennials in the midst of a home buying search. In fact, nearly three fourths of people born in the 1980s and 1990s rate convenience and access as critical factors in their home purchase decision.

For REALTORS®, finding a home for these folks just got a lot easier.

RPR’s newly-enhanced Drive Time search option includes the ability to filter by day of the week, time of day, and length of journey. The function even includes walking times. That kind of pinpoint precision is invaluable for clients who want to spend less time in the car and more time building and enjoying a good quality of life.

While searching for homes using Drive or Walk Time filters, consider tapping into RPR’s Points of Interest (POI), also found on maps. POIs help to paint a complete picture of what the search area offers, such as retail, recreation, arts and entertainment, grocery, restaurants, hospitals, and more. View POIs by selecting the POI button on the large version of any map shown on the Search, Property Details or Search Results page.

To find for-sale properties within a specific walk or drive time of a set destination, simply:

  • Select For Sale from the available search options on the RPR homepage
  • Enter your general search area in the navigation box, e.g., “Arlington, VA” or enter a specific address, such as the location of your client’s employer
  • Choose Drive Time and drop the pin on the map where you want to center your search
  • A pop-up will appear. Choose how you plan to travel (car or walking), time of day, day of week, and length of journey
  • Select apply, and RPR will provide results based on your criteria for your location

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  1. Kevin Foreman June 21, 2016 at 11:57 am - Reply

    Congrats guys…. Is the underlying traffic data being provided by INRIX? If not, we can help ensure the most accurate “traffic influenced” drive times,like we do for most of the real estate industry.

  2. Beth Kerns July 11, 2019 at 5:42 am - Reply

    How do you overlay 2 commute times for a couple so I can show them properties where both will have a 30min commute. Basically, I need to drop 2 pins but every time I go to put in the 2nd, it takes away the 1st. I know you can overlay 2 shapes but being able to overlay to drive times would make the this tool much more valuable to my clients. In the training videos, this tool is used mainly a check to make sure the properties are in an appropriate commute after meeting other location criteria (i.e. school district) but for a lot of my clients this is 1st priority for both partners.

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