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Fantastic Local Market Explorer Plugin for WordPress

What’s the average home value for a particular city?

Where are the schools nearby?

How far is the grocery store and local restaurants?

These are probably common questions among home buyers before even calling a realtor. In August 2009, Zillow introduced a Local Market Explorer Pluginfor WordPress community that can be easily integrated into a web site.  The plugin is super smart, pulling  information such as market analysis and recent sold information from Zillow, school data from Education.com, local area amenity from Yelp, and photos from Flickr.  It even includes a “Walk Score” that measures the new concept of “walkability” of a neighborhood.  This all-in-one-page interface gives a great benefit to a real estate agent or broker of having a local information on their own web site and providing a complete real estate resource for their clients throughout the buying process.

Local Market Explorer - blogged on MyRealInsight.com by Kent HuThe download and installation of the plugin are simple and activation is straight-forward. Although it took me several minutes to get each API key from Zillow, Flickr, Walk Score, and Yelp, the rest of configuration is a fairly breeze.   The simplest way to get it to work into a web site IMHO is to drag the widget (named LME widget under your Theme) to the sidebar section under Appearance and configure the widget under Target Area adding several cities from your neighborhood.  There is a minor bug for me, the very first city entered will not be clickable, so I have to dummy out the first city by typing anything and rest of cities all appear nicely with correct hyper links.  You can see several cities listed in my primary sidebar section right below How is Market Graphics.  See an example of Local Market Explorer in Dublin CA here.

Also Whenever you mention one of your target markets in a blog post, you can link to the city page for that area.  The link will be in http://yoursite.com/local/city/state/format, for instance, use the link <a href=www.MyRealInsight.com/local/new-york/NY/>New York Market Summary</a> for your target market in New York or i.e. put them in a list form for your favorite cities as following,

You can read the details on Zillow Blog. Download the plugin from WordPress Plugin Directory.  Enjoy!!!

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  2. Kent says

    LME plugin 2.0.1 is now available. Download from WP plugin directory.

  3. Ward says

    Interesting article, thanks for posting

  4. Ivan says

    Hi, Thank you! I would now go on this blog every day!
    Ivan



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