There is no doubt that as the digital revolution takes hold the necessity to get a clear idea of a home’s broadband speed will be as important as the number of bedrooms, bathrooms and if the property has a view.
The first shots to demonstrate the appeal of this issue have been fired in the UK, where the leading real estate website Rightmove.co.uk is apparently about to release data of internet speeds for property on the market. That would have to be a powerful piece of information, something that any house hunter, investor, owner or even tenant would like to know.
At Zoodle we would see this as a logical extension to the rich information we would be keen to share on the sight. Naturally such information is not as yet available. A brief review of some of the NZ teleco’s reveals the performance for a single address – I wonder if they would be willing to share this data wholesale for all properties in a dynamic fashion. For whilst the relevancy would be compelling for today, we would also like to be able to review it from time to time to see if it has improved (and be prompted for any improvements).
Food for thought.
Here are the links to check out your current home or future property:
Amazing visualisation of Auckland’s public transport by Chris McDowall. I love how there is a solitary bus line running during the night getting travellers from the Airport to town.
As Chris says the video is best viewed in HD and full screen.
When it comes to search – the limits of possibility are nowadays limited only by our imagination. This is all thanks to Google who seem to be accelerating the pace of search based tools and applications.
For property seekers and interested investors – there are emerging tools to look forward to, which should help in the coming year (certainly feasible given technological pace of change!).
Firstly there is Augmented Reality – the ability through mobile applications to create a “heads up display” when you “photograph” a property. The concept is simple in that it stitches together GPS location with compass orientation and then matches it to property data. The company Layer is already seeing their application deployed in Holland on the property website Funda.
Added to this technology is the announcement today by Google of another application from their frenetically paced Google Labs. This is the area of Google responsible for over 200 applications over the past decade as they have deployed their veritable army of technologically advanced engineers to come up with game changing applications.
The latest app is called Google Goggles and using the new Google Android smart phone allows a seamless photo search capability for books, products, places and people (business cards only at this stage, although photo recognition software for people must be just around the corner)!
The key application for property search could emerge through a combination of Google Goggles and / or Augmented Reality as a capability which Zoodle has ambition to offer whereby wherever you are in the country you can point your smart phone at any property and immediately on your screen receive valuable property information.
This information will naturally show basic property information augmented by a suite of information covering CV, valuation, sales history, local sales history, local amenities, some free and some charged for depending on content licenses. To this could naturally be added any details of the property if it is currently being marketed by an agent. As ever the scope is only ever limited by our imagination and the source data.
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