New tool helps homebuyers assess noise levels

by Steve Randall10 Mar 2020

One of America’s largest listings sites has added a new metric to help homebuyers ensure their dream home really is ‘the one’.

Realtor.com is adding noise ratings to listings and providing a web and app-based tool that identifies sources of noise. This is believed to be the first of its kind in honing down to a property level rather than just a neighborhood.

"Every home buyer is different. Some people are at home in a bustling city, while others prefer the peace and quiet of a country farmhouse," said Rachel Morley, senior vice president, product management, realtor.com. "With our new noise indicator, we can provide specific information about whether the property is near a freeway, an airport or a gas station and how that impacts sound levels."

Even homes in the same neighborhood can be affected by noise differently and the new tool can delineate noise levels to the individual property level.


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