First-of-its-Kind Home Search Engine Includes Criteria Like Backyard Size, Natural Sunlight, Proximity to Work and More
ZeroDown, which helps you toward owning a home without making a down payment, today launched a new, first-of-its-kind search engine to help consumers cut their home-search time in half. The new search engine unearths unique aspects that all house hunters (especially parents and dog-owners) are looking for: homes that are naturally lit, homes that have big backyards, and homes that have the best commute to work.
“House hunters care about more than bedroom-count and square footage,” said Abhijeet Dwivedi, CEO and Co-Founder of ZeroDown. “Home search apps today don’t allow people to discover homes based on their broader needs. We’ve talked to thousands of home buyers about how they ‘hack’ existing home search engines to get to the key things they care about. Housing is tough as it is, so with this platform, we wanted to make the home search process as easy as possible, and enable people to find their dream home (and neighborhood!) easily and efficiently.”
ZeroDown’s search engine is the first and only platform that specifically allows San Francisco Bay Area residents to select four major quality-of-life criteria when searching for a home:
ZeroDown looks at key factors, such as the position of the home and solar panels, to determine the amount of sunlight the home receives throughout the day.
Proximity to Work
Consumers are able to add their work address and desired commute time, by preferred mode of transportation, in order to see what homes are available with desired parameters.
Schools Ratings by Niche
The platform uses data from Niche, which rates schools based on a variety of factors, and lets users search and filter based on those ratings.
A Big Yard
The search engine highlights homes with large backyards, which is a big selling point for all homebuyers.
Choose the Best City or Neighborhood for Your Family
The ability to search based on these new criteria will help house hunters beyond their ability to discover better homes within a known area — it also allows them to zero in on the best suburb or metro to settle down in.
For instance, if someone was looking to live within 30 minutes driving distance of SF and schools highly-rated by Niche, their research and chats with friends might lead them to look for homes in Millbrae. But a search on ZeroDown would reveal that Albany is just as close and with schools rated higher by Niche, but with homes priced significantly lower.
Example: Considering a move to Millbrae? Perhaps consider Albany as well.
|Average Elementary School Rating by Niche||A||A-|
|Median Price / SqFt||$778||$1,018|
|Driving Time to SOMA||30 minutes||30 minutes|
|Public Transit Commute Time||46 minutes||31 minutes|
|Median Price (Zillow)||$974,000||$1,685,100|
Initially, this home search feature is available exclusively in the San Francisco Bay Area. Customers can start searching today at ZeroDown.com/find-homes. If customers live outside the Bay Area, you can request ZeroDown come to their area at ZeroDown.com/request.
To begin searching for your dream home, visit ZeroDown.com/homes today.