We just found a new website that could talk you into or out of purchasing that next home or putting pen to paper on that new expensive lease. It has nothing to do with crime rates, locations of schools or ratings, walkability or the like. This new website plain and simply allows you to HEAR a home before you COMMIT to it, saving you huge frustrations, wasted precious time, serious cash and of course your sanity.
Sharing new technology and websites that help our clients get and stay in the know is part of our passion at The Spackman Group here at Keller Williams Realty Franklin.
So, we are super excited to share this new resource with you. It’s called HowLoud.com. Haven’t heard of it? It’s the latest development in sound mapping and will have a powerful impact on the Real Estate Industry.
How does the website work? Well, the website creators have combined applied mathematics with data from sound maps of areas across the county to provide what they’ve termed as a Soundscore. How does this data help you? Well, it will help you weed out noisy housing options that would “surprise” you after it’s too late. You’re welcome!
Imagine for a moment you just closed on the home of your dreams. You’re feeling confident, knowing you did your due diligence to research all you could about the new property. You even took your Realtor’s advice and drove by during different times of the day/week to make sure that all is well. Then, the first night in your new pride and joy you’re startled and awake to a TRAIN HORN blowing at 5 am and you’re MILES from any tracks.
Simply visit the website, enter the address of your potential new home (or your existing home because we all want to know our current home’s rating), and Howloud calculates a score ranging from 50 (Very Loud) to 100 (Very Quiet).
We were curious. So we tested the site out with the address of our office to see what the SoundScore HowLoud might assign to it. And here’s our results…. the office scored a 70. Traffic is busy, Airports Calm, Local Sources are active. Seems accurate for this area of Franklin, TN.
Since the maps can only extract data from areas with higher populations, you most likely won’t have a score if you live in a more rural area, like Eagleville, TN. In the more largely populated areas of Nashville, however, you’re not only going to receive a score, you’re going to see variations of score even within the same neighborhood. Why variations?
Within the bigger cities, like Nashville, there is incredibly fine detail. So the score for a property in Belmont will have a different score than a property just over a block or two in Hillsboro Village. The small differences around and near a property will cause the score to increase or decrease based on the noise created by the area: airline noise, trains, cars and traffic, bars, restaurants, shopping, etc.
Sharing new technology and websites that help our clients get and stay in the know is part of our passion at The Spackman Group here at Keller Williams Realty Franklin. We hope you can use this new tool to help you make an informed decision on your next home.
Here’s how to take advantage of this new tool:
- If you’re in the market for a new home, whether you are renting or buying, you’ll want to check out HowLoud.com and find out the soundscore for that property.
- If you’re thinking of selling your current home, you may also want to visit the site to see just how your home stacks up to the 50-100 sound score ratings. We’d love to hear how YOUR property scored.
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