Bring Walkability Into Your Hunt for New Chicago Homes

May 14, 2013

Real Estate Walking ScoreChicago is one of a few cities to have a powerful new tool that takes measurement of walkability to the next level! ChoiceMaps, a new offering from Walk Score, is designed to help you measure how car-independent your future home will be; this map feature is currently only available in New York, Washington DC, Chicago and Seattle.

The new ChoiceMaps system computes 32,000,000 walking times for 8.2 million people to more than 21,000 restaurants in real time. While this is an excellent measuring tool, the map also helps you understand how much choice you have in your purchases, so you can easily see how many restaurants, shops and other attractions you can walk to in any increment from five to 20 minutes. Finally, ChoiceMaps has trend data, so you can take growth into consideration; this is an especially excellent tool for investors or first time homebuyers looking to see where higher walkability and public transit to amenities is coming soon. In addition to the fully featured tool, there is an iPhone app, so you can measure walkability as you travel to open houses!

How important is walkability to your next new Chicago home purchase? Let us know in the comments!

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Mitch Levinson is the author of “Internet Marketing: The Key to Increased New Home Sales” published by BuilderBooks. He is an Internet marketing expert with expertise in search engine optimization, website development, email marketing, social media and CRM consulting services. He is known for creating effective programs that can be tracked through analytics to prove effectiveness and ROI. Mitch is founder and president of MLC New Home Marketing and MLC FlatFee Realty, as well as managing partner of mRELEVANCE, LLC, a Marketing, Communication, Interactive agency with offices in Chicago and Atlanta. He currently leads the Chicago team. A Multi-Million Dollar Sales Producer who earned an MBA in Computer Information Systems and eCommerce, he brings a unique perspective and experience to the field of real estate communications. Mitch combines the two interests in order to help home builders and developers gain a competitive advantage through the Internet and technology. When he isn’t behind a computer, he enjoys participating in sports and coaching his kids’ teams. Mitch resides in Arlington Heights, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago, with his family, which includes two rambunctious labs. Visit my Google+ profile.

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