Landchecker is a mapping software for property professionals in Australia. The software enables users to see what zones and overlays effect each 3.1 million properties within Victoria, these zones and overlays can effect your property value and what restrictions may lay on it.
This can be from Heritage Overlays which means that you can knock down or alter certain parts of the property, stopping the home owner from developing or renovating in the future.
We started interviewing some of our major customer sectors to see how they would like to use this feature. These industries were Property developers who wanted to see the results of an advance search on a map so that they could easily tell if the property was worth taking to the next step by seeing what was close by or if they knew if that was a “hot area”
Real estate agents wanted a feature that allowed them to compare properties in a local area and get a better price indication of what a property could be worth based on results in there search.
With these problems in mind we did some brainstorming and came up with a workflow process of “Search, Refine, Verify and Share”
As well as applying this new feature the frontend development team refactored the whole platform of 2 years from Ember to React which has allowed myself to push some styling changes through with this release.
One big change was creating a pop out menu navigation on the left hand side, this allowed users to view more map space and turn the map back into the hero product of the application.
Another feature was introducing a notification centre up the top, this would help Landchecker communicate better with its users and create a stickiness to the product.
The first step with making this feature usable to property developers was to allow them to use the “advanced” search on the map so a way that we did this was allowing it to slide out from the left hand side. The search featured fields such as finding properties that had Zones and Overlays of your choice as well as setting dimension restrictions.
Setting these quickly cut down a lot of properties but did not allow the user to get the accuracy that they needed which allowed Landchecker to create some custom advanced filters that would bve an Australian first.
Working with a data scientist and our Geo Spacial Engineer we developed some unique advanced filters that would allow property professionals to find there perfect development.
Some of these filters included closeness to public transport, strata density and the squareness factor of the block of land. Using these filters it was possible to find a block of land that could be developed on and get the best return on investment.
When it came to Verifying and Sharing we came up with a view on the left hand side that allowed the user to quickly see what Zones are close by and then add the property to a “project”
These projects allowed users to group properties that they could see potential in or want to share with a group of colleagues or other business professionals.