USA property platform and housing data business RealtyTrac says its neighbourhood portal Homefacts.com has added a new series of alerts including one which informs residents when a registered offender moves in.
This new alert product will also notify homeowners of increases or decreases in the value of their property plus update them on any local environmental hazards such as former meth labs, superfunds, brownfields, polluters or leaking tanks and spills.
Accessible for more than 117 million US properties, Homefacts Alerts provides weekly and monthly email updates of neighborhood and property details that may impact the health, safety and financial security of a homeowner, renter or prospective buyer.
"This robust product gives updated information on some critical information," explains RealtyTrac's Consumer Solutions division general manager Mike Sawtell.
"Homefacts is the only neighborhood portal that will provide pictures of the addresses where a registered offender has moved in or out of a neighborhood.
During a three-month beta test of the product, more than 8,000 users signed up for the Homefacts Alerts and the product has delivered nearly 45,000 alerts.
Alerts are real-time and information is updated daily, weekly and monthly, depending on availability of the data element.
RealtyTrac collects and licenses multi-sourced public record real estate data -- including tax, deed, mortgage, foreclosure, and proprietary neighborhood and parcel-level risk -- for more than 150 million US properties.
As well as being a property search and research portal for foreclosures and other off-market properties, the company provides its data to businesses, consumers, policy makers and the media as a way to increase real estate transparency
It says its data is cited by thousands of media outlets each month, including frequent mentions on CBS Evening News, The Today Show, CNBC, CNN, FOX News, PBS NewsHour and in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and USA TODAY.