Maps and location intelligence for real estate and rental search websites

Property and real estate search websites and portals like Zillow, Trulia or Rightmove have disrupted the real estate market in the past decade. They made it much easier for both sides on the market to find each other.

Initially, the key to success was to have broadest and comprehensive property listings. As the number of global and regional websites was increasing, focus moved to offer best-in-class features to win the competition.

Having broad and detailed property listings is not enough anymore. Visitors expect smooth and highly visual experience, rich contextual data and powerful search, filtering, and ranking functionality.

Real estate and rental search

To stand out, property search websites need to provide the most contextually relevant results, location insights, and additional services. And more often than not the area, connectivity, and surrounding amenities are more important than property features alone.

Geoapify offers a unique combination of feature-rich APIs that can help to address these requirements and greatly increase visitor’s engagement.

Our highly dynamic, customizable maps can be styled to perfectly match your website design and branding. Thanks to compatibility with most map visualization libraries and permissive usage policy, you can easily use our maps with any technology, data set, or usage scenario.

Geoapify Map styles
Geoapify Map styles

Our Geolocation and Geocoding APIs can help to identify search areas based on visitor location, as well as parse, validate and locate address data he or she enters into the search form.

When most property search websites only offer filtering by bounding box or radius, Geoapify Reachability API allows filtering by much more precise, realistic travel time areas. For most urban areas our Reachability API helps to eliminate unreachable place and discover places that would normally be filtered out by the more primitive distance based search.

Public transport reachability in Munich, Germany
Public transport reachability in Munich, Germany

With our Geometry API, you can offer advanced filtering capabilities that include a combination of reachability areas, user-defined and administrative boundaries.

Geoapify Statistics and Data APIs can enrich the results with the census, economics, age, and other population-related data. Our Places and Boundaries APIs give a comprehensive listing of amenities in the given area or near the property.

Commute and areas close to Park&Ride in Berlin, Germany
Commute and areas close to Park&Ride in Berlin, Germany

Our platform can operate with spatial data from different sources to generate very personalized listings – for instance, only show the properties located in an area with a higher income population and schools reachable within 30 minutes of walking.

From GIS to Geospatial Intelligence

Technology advances in cycles. Moreover, the periods of evolution interleaved with revolutionary changes. And it seems that we are standing on the edge of the next revolutionary transition from experts-oriented GiS to Geospatial Intelligence solutions available for the much wider audience. The solutions which are easy to understand to a non-expert, easy to use, and affordable to small companies and individuals.

Geospatial intelligence brings more and more value to business intelligence products. As a result, the answer to the key question “where” start to play an extremely significant role by making business decisions.

Location Intelligence for business intelligence
Location Intelligence for business intelligence

Role of Geospatial Intelligence in our life

Imagine a holiday planning website where you can filter hotels by reachability. For example, visualize only hotels reachable within 10 minutes of walking from the beach or ski lift. Great, isn’t it?

Another case could be a property listing website. The website where you can choose a property with desired amenities nearby and optimize your commute time to the office or university. The website could help you, in addition, to find the best price-value ratio or investment potential based on your needs!

There are a lot of examples of geospatial intelligence appliance for business cases as well. For instance, an event planning service which takes an account of the living places of participants. Or office relocation website which suggests the best locations based on employees commute time and rental prices.

Good transport connection
Good transport connection

The increasing popularity of Geospatial solutions

Broad adoption of Geospatial intelligence can have an effect comparable to the transition from printed maps to digital maps. However, nowadays we can’t imagine our routine without smartphones and car navigation systems which guide us to the destination in an optimal way.

It is hard to believe, but just 15 to 20 years ago printed maps were the most common way to plan a route. Technologies like GPS, digital maps and computer-based routing were existing and moreover well-developed. But they were accessible only to experts, big organizations, and governments.

Geoapify mission to make geospatial intelligence affordable for everyone

At Geoapify, we see our mission in democratizing geospatial intelligence and underlying technologies. We intend to make it accessible, usable, and valuable for everyone who has unanswered “where” questions.

Our APIs provide everything you need to create a spatial solution from zero. Solution builder Mapifator helps to make custom maps with geospatial analytics technologies layers with graphical interface.