Chicago, IL, November 25, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- Leading online Chicago real estate brokerage, Dream Town Realty, announces the release of its new Interactive Map Search on the company's award-winning website DreamTown.com. The new property search tool has four separate functions that use revolutionary technology. It rolled out with the launch of Dream Town's 4th generation website earlier this month at www.DreamTown.com.
Dream Town's Interactive Map Search allows consumers to search over 148,000 current Chicago real estate listings. It enables house hunters to specify in which part of Chicago they want to look for homes by indicating a search area on an interactive city map powered by Google. There are four different ways to select a search area. The first three involve "drawing" a search area on the map and the fourth utilizes a clickable neighborhood map. A video tutorial illustrates how to use each search function and retrieve the most precise results.
The default Interactive Map Search is the "Rubber Band", which frames the desired search area with two clicks of the mouse. It creates a rectangle in which to search MLS listings that meet the user's indicated price range and property preferences. For a more custom search zone, users can click exact points on the map to outline the search area with the "Draw Search Area" option. The "Radius Search" instructs users to enter a specific address or cross-streets as the central point for a spherical search area. The search area will circle out from the center spot a distance determined by the user (e.g. 0.5 miles from the central point). Try Dream Town's new Map Search at www.dreamtown.com/search-map.jsp.
Results for all three searches are displayed as house icons on the map. Addresses, location, price, market time and other details are listed below the map. Users can click on the icons to view photos, request showings and see more info or select the listings below to get full property details.
"Home buyers can see exactly where the properties are at a quick glance," said Yuval Degani, president and co-founder of Dream Town Realty. "And it makes Chicago's complex landscape much easier to navigate when you're looking for homes for sale."
DreamTown.com's final map search allows consumers to indicate which areas to include in their home search by clicking neighborhoods on a Chicago map. Home buyers first select a region of the city to view in more detail – Northwest, North/Central, Near South, Southwest and Southeast – and then click individual neighborhoods. Users are then prompted to indicate other preferences, such as price, number of beds and baths and property type. Search results are displayed after the user registers or signs in. Try Dream Town Neighborhood Map Search at www.dreamtown.com/search-map-area.jsp.
Other brand new technology featured on Dream Town's newly launched website is the Mobile Search, which enables consumers to find homes for sale from their mobile devices. The application is designed specifically for mobile phones with quick property searches by neighborhood, zip code or address vicinity. Agent contact information is also easily accessible through the new Mobile Search. A separate Dream Town iPhone App is currently in development as well (www.dreamtown.com/mobile-search.jsp)
About Dream Town Realty
Dream Town is largely recognized as the leader in online Chicago real estate. Their top-ranked website receives tens of thousands of unique visitors weekly. The company has developed proprietary technology and applications to empower online house hunters and offer the most advanced Internet home search available for Chicago buyers today. Dream Town Realty provides residential buyer and seller services, in addition to commercial, international and REO sales, and Veteran Relocation Services. The company also has a new home construction and renovation division called Dream Town Builders and Remodeling.