UK new build property website WhatHouse? has developed an interactive map of London based on its iconic railway network of tube stations.
WhatHouse?, a leading portal for new homes in the UK, allows potential buyers to browse and search through a range of new properties. It also offers advice on affordable housing options for first-time buyers and key workers, such as shared equity shared ownership.
The new WhatHouse? interactive map feature enables users to view the average prices of homes sold around each tube station.
By zooming in and clicking on a specific stop, a buyer can view a detailed range of historical prices between January 1995 and December 2014, complete with an automatic calculation of percentage changes over any selected period.
The map also provides the option for users to filter by new builds or all existing properties in the area.
The data for the map comes from the Land Registry to ensure it is reliable and up-to-date.
The date range is extensive, with sold property prices going back as far as 1995, which gives users the chance to see how much their area has increased in value,” Grange tells Property Portal Watch.
Sold property prices shown are within a 1 kilometre radius of each tube station, which aims to give users an idea of where they might look for their new home.
The WhatHouse interactive map allows users to see a price history around a chosen tube station
WhatHouse? Editorial in Chief Keith Osborne tells Property Portal Watch property prices are an ongoing fascination for many of us, and particularly with savvy home buyers in a market as strong as the one in London.
“With our long heritage in promoting the benefits of buying a new build home, WhatHouse? is proud to introduce our unique analysis of the Land Registry’s property price records covering the capital’s Tube network," Osborne says.
“As it updates every month, we’re sure this property map will be a regular talking point and an essential tool for house-hunters in London and the South East, as well as our property industry colleagues.”
Osborne says the driver behind the creation of the content was the importance customers place on knowing about the area where they are hoping to live.
"We won't create a mobile app but the content is mobile friendly," he says.
He says WhatHouse? will evolve the content based on the feedback and keep it updated regularly with the latest property prices from the land registry.
"But we definitely intend to keep publishing similar content," he adds.
WhatHouse? was founded as a magazine in 1978 to provide consumers with information on new homes for sale, as well as interiors and gardens,
It was acquired by its present owners in 1988, when it merged with Homefinder magazine and moved online in 2005, becoming www.whathouse.com.
Perhaps best known for its awards program, the an annual Whathouse? housebuilder awards ceremony, now in its 35th year judges the best new homes in the UK.
WhatHouse? is owned by independent publisher WhatHouse Digital Ltd. Its sister company Globalspan Media Ltd publishes Show House magazine, a monthly title for house builders and organises the annual WhatHouse? Awards.
In July 2012, Whathouse.com announced a 3 year sponsorship deal with Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, where the brand name appeared on players' shirts for all first team games.