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Windermere offers tool for perspective home


Windermere Real Estate is helping the public understand actual drive times from listed properties based on true traffic conditions by leveraging data from INRIX, an international provider of traffic information and driver services.

This will help home buyers evaluate commute times in traffic between their workplace and any home for sale.

The tool, named INRIX Drive Time, goes beyond other real estate sites that simply provide distance to work in miles, or travel times based on traveling the speed limit, to provide drive times based on real-time traffic information. It can be found online at Windermere.com.

“With time being one of our most valuable personal assets, a stressful commute is out of the question for many people these days,” said Brian Allen, president and co-owner of Windermere Cronin & Caplan Realty Group Inc. “Too much guesswork about time should not be involved during one of life’s biggest decisions. We’ve eliminated this concern to hopefully provide a home-buying experience that goes above and beyond our clients’ expectations.”

According to the National Association of Realtors, 73 percent of all home buyers consider drive time to work a key buying criterion. Additionally, the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey found 88 percent of American commuters travel to work by car. Moreover, more than 600,000 of those drivers face commutes of at least 50 miles from home taking at least 90 minutes each way.

Windermere is offering INRIX Drive Time to all customers in the 10 states where it does business. To determine drive times using this new feature, potential home buyers simply enter their work address into a field directly on the property detail page at Windermere.com. The tool automatically generates an INRIX Drive Time to and from work, as well as a graph that shows how that time varies by different departure times throughout the day.

INRIX Drive Time is powered by traffic information sourced from the INRIX Traffic Intelligence Platform, which analyzes data from various public and private sources ranging from government road sensors, official accident and incident reports to real-time traffic speeds crowd-sourced from a community of approximately 100 million vehicles and devices.

The INRIX Traffic Intelligence Platform factors in day of week, season, local holidays, current and forecasted weather, accidents and road construction to help drivers save time and fuel and avoid frustration. Real-time traffic information is updated by INRIX every minute and then analyzed and compiled into a historical database that is updated every 90 days, helping to ensure that Windermere Real Estate clients have the most up-to-date insight into actual commute times.