A MAP MAVIN CASE STUDY

SCHOOL CHOICES BY NEIGHBORHOOD IN CHICAGO

In this case study, we will look at how a real estate professional could clearly communicate the different schooling options there are in a particular neighborhood so their clients can make a better-informed decision about their home purchase.

THE PROBLEM

What do parents and real estate professionals have in common? They both know how big a role schools play in the process of choosing where people want to live. Education options have a huge effect on home values, with access to good public schools being one of the main reasons people with kids decide to move to another area. This is of particular concern in large cities that have wide disparities in school quality such as Chicago. With school attendance zones not necessarily lining up with the rough boundaries of neighborhoods, a prospective home buyer (or renter) can be left in the dark. Using Map Mavin, a real estate professional can easily create and share a map with his or her clients without either side of the equation having any mapping experience.

“Using Map Mavin, a real estate professional can easily create and share a map with his or her clients without either side of the equation having any mapping experience.”

SOLUTION

Using open data like the sort found on Map Mavin’s data catalog, the realtor finds three layers: High School Attendance Boundaries, School Locations and Neighborhood Boundaries. The files are in multiple formats but luckily for our realtor and all Map Mavin users, this is a non-issue! Map Mavin accepts all major spatial file formats and then some, including KMLs, KMZs, GeoTIFFs, GeoJSONs, shapefiles and more. The realtor imports the layers, making sure to change the school attendance and neighborhood boundary layers to semi-transparent so clients can see areas where their boundaries differ. After stylizing the polygon data, the real estate professional then use our built-in icons library to select a graduation cap icon as the symbol for locations of schools in the City of Chicago. The whole process takes less than five minutes and now he or she has a finished product that can be easily shared with clients and colleagues with the click of a button.

With the map now done, the real estate professional brings in their prospective home buyers. Zooming in on the neighborhood of Streeterville, they click on the High School Attendance Boundaries layer and see that Wells HS is the local school and not far from the block they’d ideally like to be on. After cross-referencing with school data, they decide to hone in their search on the west side of the neighborhood to balance out access to Lake Michigan and the nearby school.

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