Of course, we agree. But such innovations aren’t always glamorous. For example, one insightful reader this evening asked that we incorporate information about sewer work permits on our map, which is publicly available from the city governments.
We’ve had other folks ask for horse paddocks, sex offenders (different requestor), flight pathways, commute times. The only way we’ll be able to keep up is by opening up our MapStats and MapLayers architecture to let other developers build their own mashups, which would be a first in real estate technology.
It could also be a first in a much broader sense, because unlike map mashups, we’ll probably take a portal approach. Instead of having five different sites for five different layers, we may let home-shoppers apply multiple layers, built by different developers (we’d find a way to give developers attribution within the site). This would let home-shoppers see all the layers — sewer work permits built by Bob & zoning permits built by Jane — all in one place.
Of course, to get layers, we’ll need a developer community. And to build a community we’ll need a conference. Not one for real estate agents, but for real estate developers & technologists. Wouldn’t that be fun? Stay tuned later this week for news about that…
And if you think of a layer you’d like to see on your map — or one you’d like to build — post a comment below!