Getting Around Open Homes – Tips on Buying a Home

Open Homes002Yesterday I announced a series of blogs about buying your home and an eBook that is on the way. Open homes are a great opportunity to have a look around a neighborhood but they can be very time consuming. 

I’m a firm believer in serendipity. Last night I attended a business speed dating event and met with a couple of entrepreneurs who are developing an application to help people find open homes. What a great opportunity it was to share ideas! I’m looking forward to continuing the discussion. When they launch their application, you will find it in my upcoming eBook and this blog, so make sure you subscribe or bookmark so you don’t miss out.

As per the example above, realtors themselves want you to find their open homes, but not those of their competitors. You will have local publications arrive in your letterbox with real estate listings and open homes, but they typically are each on their own pages and require that you compile your own list and then try to sort out which properties you can see and when. Of course if you are looking outside of the  neighborhood you live in, then your local publication is of no use to you.

Route Optimisation is a technique used by couriers, sales and service companies to minimise the time and distance they travel from one place to the next. Effectively it allows you to determine which places to visit in which order.

Not optimized

Not optimized

You can do this for free on your favorite web map site, such as Google Maps. Once you have sorted out which properties you want to visit, you can create a route on the map. This is just to see were they all are.

This route looks quite smart, it’s a neat circle route and might make a nice drive. It’s a good example of what appears to make sense, doesn’t if you are short on time. This route involves 1 hour and 51 minutes drive time according to Google.

Optimized Route

Optimized Route

Each of the 5 locations on the top left hand side can be moved around. All you have to do is hold the left mouse button down over the green icon and drag it to one of the other positions and Google will recalculate the distance and directions for you. In this example, we have been able to reduce the drive time by half an hour!

That’s quite a significant reduction and might man you can fit in an extra property into the time you have available. Don’t forget to keep in mind the times the properties are open to view.

Travel Time

Travel Time

Another nice feature that you’ll find here is the travel time. Effectively you can now work out how long you need to get from one house to the next and use that to work out how long you can spend at each one.

The new version of Google Maps also features real time traffic in many towns and regions. Of course this is real time traffic, so its no use using this for your calculations if you’re looking at going on a different day. It’s worth a look before you do leave and there are a couple of features, including saving a link (at the top of the Google Maps page) or saving the trip to ‘My Maps’ if you have set up a Google account.

Give it a try. I think you’ll find it very user friendly. It’s also free:) This is just on example of optimisation. There are several more ways which will be covered in future blogs and in my eBook.

Did you find this useful? Do you have any questions or comments?

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About Luigi Cappel

Writer for hire, marketing consultant specialising in Location Based Services. Futurist and Public Speaker Auckland, New Zealand
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