US online brokerage redfin.com has added a number of new offerings to its website over the past few days, including ratings and reviews of schools.
redfin.com, which currently occupies 15th position on the Hitwise list of US real estate websites, is displaying this schools data as part of its map search, and basing its ratings on standardised test scores. Basic facts and parent reviews appear in a box alongside the map. redfin.com is gathering this information from greatschools.org.
"We still have plenty of work to do around schools, especially so you can search for homes only in a particular school district," redfin.com writes. "But the challenge with that feature is that district boundaries change all the time, and in big cities especially, the school your child attends is determined by a lottery rather than by the address of your property."
Along with the schools information, redfin.com has started including foreclosures in property transaction history, and added a home-buying guide for its users that covers the mortgage process.
In April, redfin.com CEO Glenn Kelman told techcrunch.com that business was "exploding in a good way" at a US$30 million run rate. At that stage, redfin.com had only just made it into the top 20 list of US real estate websites, but it has since climbed to number 15, according to Hitwise.