New building search (MLS for buildings) need amenities feedback on search options

Hello all, getting excited to release the alpha version of REW’s new “building search” (well technically not REW’s yet, I’m building it for but the plan/goal is to productize it for everyone to be able to use).

Here’s where we’re at! It works! (I’m likely going to launch it next week) but the amount of data that is available per building is limited.

We have things like building attributes:

But we need a lot more:

To get the thoughts going, here are a few options I’ve seen or thought about that we can add:

Maintenance costs: Show on details page, and make it a search option (between min and max)
Has storage / locker - Yes / No
Storage locker size (this is REALLY specific, but I’m considering it)
Exposure: N, S, NW etc
Amenities: Has Gym / Pool etc, and again, (probably phase 3) imagine providing actual details on the gym or the pool on the details page? Could be huge! (Would not be a required field and would only show if entered)
24/7 Door Person?
Building type (high rise, low rise etc)

Those are some starter ideas.

What do you think? Please use this thread for suggestions so we can stay organized as we build this out.


Parking - # of spaces included, private?, covered?, secured?

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Hi! Totally my jam! Laundry (shared vs insuite), type (ie corner unit, penthouse, main floor), balcony, sspatio, rooftop deck, rainscreen (west coast) and or exterior finish, construction: concrete, wood frame (in addition to high / low rise), number of units in development, maintenance fee includes (heat, garbage, water, gas etc.), complex/subdivision name, contingency fund amount… :slight_smile:

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Love the idea and the suggestions that are coming through!

Search by school catchment, walk score, skytrain/subway proximity?

Number of elevators? I’ve lived in a building with one and in a building with two and it makes a big difference!

Been playing with it (live) for a while now with some basic functionality and need to start prioritizing:

For this week:

#1: Active and sold listings on details pages (self-explanatory) but with registration required for sales.

#2: Price ranges: This is a manual set of fields where you set a minimum and maximum price “for the building(s)” - it would be searchable in the building IDX (in which case it would show buildings that typically have units in those price ranges)

#3: HOA / Strata fee range (same as price ranges) searchable based on min / max strata fees.

Add Price sorting high / low and HOA high / low to the sorting option of the search.

And of course these ranges etc need to go on the details pages as well.

Parking included y/n and range of spaces (min / max) would be great options for next update as well

It’s funny, I was going to do a big launch with Lakeview Terrace since @JaydaMcLauchlin the newest member on our team just got her first listing there and I wanted to get it some exposure, but she went and sold it yesterday! (That’s 4 deals in one month for her, second month on the team btw) - Nice work Jayda!

@Morgan - What do you think of the updated Sold Listings section for Buildings?

I love it!

New request: @aporter

We need (for each specific building listing page)

Title: (page title custom per listing)
Meta Description: (self-explanatory)

Input fields in the backend

The team will get started on this right away @Morgan

Some other quick feedback Angela:

#1: On the geocoder - it would be nice if when we put in the address it automatically mapped it (as opposed to having to use the map. I want to keep the map though to “overwrite” the automatic geocode if it is less accurate.

#2: On the map when you drop the pin and go to save it won’t save, says it’s not the right geo-codes. The workaround is to delete 2 numbers from the end of each geo-code. I think it’s getting too specific, but please have it looked at.

#3: On the “Use search criteria” it should only show address right now I have to go turn on address each time. The default is sub division, city, prop type, but those aren’t necessary to be on by default since we’re almost 100% going to use address. Still keep the functionality 100% the same (I do still want to select other criteria) but the “default” should be only address - not what it is now. (screenshot of current defaults to be replaced by address below)

On sold data list:

I’d like to please add price per square foot (abbreviated) and I’d also like to add some sorting options (I’ve mocked up both below)

Sorting should be what we have for sold, but you should also add the highest sq ft and lowest sq ft price as sort options. I’d also like to add sold date to each listing (this goes for both the sold listings on the building directory, but just sold listings in general sqft price and sold date)

The mock up is directional only, please have @ralfpinheiro and team make it look nicer (and they can play with a few spots for those elements though I do think sqft price needs to be with price.

Also on the buildings details pages - I want to add the read more / read less (like screenshot)

(Please use the same distance / padding from last line to button as in this screenshot)

Not sure what the character limit should be, but ideally you would be able to see at least half of the listings below (so you know to scroll down) when text is fully displayed.

Also there is a padding issue (on mobile

maybe on desktop) where there is “too much” padding between text ending and listing beginning.

Here is an example mockup

One more for today (That’s it, I swear)

Can you remove the default “About building h” H tag?

I’d like tp put that in ourselves in the WYSIWYG and have more granular control of the heading.

I lied! I have another idea!

On certain specific searchable elements, on the details page I’d love to have a separate field where it only shows if it’s filled in. This field would give extra context (and it should allow HTML)

Here’s a simple example (I made up the comment, that isn’t actually how it is at Hawthorne)

My point, is sometimes there is valuable extra context a Realtor may have that would be highly beneficial to the consumer.

On the front end - it would be search engine spiderable, but collapsed by default and you would click to open it. That way the comments could be as long and details as they needed to be, but would not mess up the layout of the page.

Suggestion from @Jgrunnet - Builder name

Follow up on a great R & D call with Joe.

The subject of rentals - not everyone promotes them (or wants leads) but some customers like Joe (in bigger cities, with rental specific teams that also have rentals in the MLS do).

So here is the first step towards that: An "Enable rentals (if available) yes / no toggle in the settings in the backend.

What will this do? It will add a tab (yet to be designed) in the backend “Buying” “Renting” (while we’re add it we should add “Selling”

Click on the rentals tab, what does that do?
Many things stay the same in research (square foot ranges etc) but what would need to change is the things that are specific to rentals. For example “Min / Max” price would change to “Min / max rent” and the numbers would start at $500, $750, $1,000 increments etc vs $50,000, $100,000 on buying.

What other “differences” would there be (again we’re talking about information about the building here, not specific units) would we have between rentals and sales?

Rental term? (Month to month, AirBNB, 12+ month lease?
Deposit required? (Amount?)

@Jgrunnet @andreREW etc you guys are the experts on this. What do you think?

The Deposit is “specific” to the unit, not the building. Move in/out fee, min term?

Agreed, but if we know of any we can suggest min / max range, no? Would need to be labeled "example deposit requested: or something to give a sense, but not commit to a specific unit,