HomeLight Introduces New Neighborhood Search Functionality

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New mapping feature makes it even easier for homebuyers and sellers to find real estate experts by specific neighborhood in over 1,500 US cities

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Our value proposition is to help homebuyers and sellers find the most qualified real estate agent to meet their specific, unique needs, and our new integrated neighborhood mapping functionality adds another layer to help deliver on this promise.

HomeLight (http://www.homelight.com), the free service that helps real estate agents source new business and showcase their skills, today announced the launch of new mapping feature that allows real estate buyers and sellers to refine their search by neighborhood to find the most qualified real estate agent to meet their specific needs. The new neighborhood mapping feature is now a part of HomeLight’s ultra-local interactive search and filtering process that leads consumers to a list of top real estate agents and their transaction history in a specific neighborhood. HomeLight now enables neighborhood boundary mapping in over 1,500 U.S. cities including San Francisco, Denver, St. Louis and others.

“Real estate is a local business,” said Drew Uher, CEO and founder of HomeLight. “One neighborhood can differ dramatically from the next within a given metro area when it comes to home prices, property types, demographics, and proximity to schools, and as a result, the real estate agent best suited to help a buyer or seller on one neighborhood could be very different than the agent best suited for another neighborhood. This new functionality will enable our customers to make that determination.”

HomeLight offers detailed information on more than two million real estate agents in 34 markets including their personal profile and sales transaction history, and uses their transaction history in combination with information from their customer reviews in its proprietary ranking algorithm. The new HomeLight neighborhood mapping feature is powered by Maponics, the leading source of local, area-based data and information for businesses. Seven of the top 10 real estate websites utilize Maponics.

“This is a perfect example of how location data can be combined with contextual information in a way that really helps consumers make good decisions,” said Paul Gallagher, VP of Marketing and Product Management at Maponics. “The most exciting applications today are not focusing on location data alone – they are focusing on how location data can make other information both actionable and relevant to consumers and businesses, and HomeLight’s new neighborhood mapping feature is one of the most exciting examples we’ve seen so far.”

“Our value proposition is to help homebuyers and sellers find the most qualified real estate agent to meet their specific, unique needs. The introduction of our new integrated neighborhood mapping functionality adds another layer of information to help deliver on this promise,” added Uher.

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About HomeLight    
Founded in 2012, HomeLight is the only company that expertly matches homebuyers and sellers with the real estate agents who are most qualified to meet their specific needs. Our proprietary algorithm creates unbiased, personalized agent recommendations by analyzing transactional data and licensing records of over two million agents. HomeLight identifies agents with local knowledge and negotiation expertise, helping homebuyers find the perfect home for the best price. Sellers can sell their home faster and for the highest price because we find agents who are better at pricing, prepping, and marketing.

Based in San Francisco and currently operating in 34 major U.S. markets, HomeLight is a privately held company backed by Google Ventures, Crosslink Capital and Innovation Endeavors. Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, or learn more at http://www.homelight.com.

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