What’s Coming in Version 2 of Local Market Explorer
We’ve had a lot of great feedback regarding the Local Market Explorer WordPress plugin we announced a couple of weeks ago. As a reminder, the WordPress plugin allows you to quickly and easily create “city pages” inside of WordPress. Examples:
I’m happy to say that, as of few minutes ago, the plugin has been downloaded 572 times already (at this writing).
Two of my good friends, Jay Thompson and Kris Berg, both served as early feedback channels for me and installed the plugin on their blogs (Phoenix Real Estate Guy and San Diego Home Blog respectively). Jay’s initial feedback was that he was not keen on displaying the Flickr photos and that he wanted the ability to create pages for ZIP codes.
Kris’ feedback was similar – she wanted support for ZIP codes rather than just cities. Another friend of mine, Jim Duncan, installed the plugin and wanted more data in the market statistics module. We’re feverishly working on getting version 2 out the door based on the feedback we’ve heard.
Here are additions/improvements coming in version 2 of the Local Market Explorer:
- Support for neighborhoods and ZIP codes rather than just cities
- Add additional market statistics such as median list price and median sold price to the market statistics module
- Turn off modules on a per-URL basis
- Ability to turn off Flickr module while still keeping the text description field
I should also note that, if you have some PHP skills and are looking to do some advanced customization with the plugin, then Matthew Swanson has a great post worth reading over on Geek Estate Blog. If you have any additional feedback, please let us know in Zillow Advice or here in the comments!
If you want to try out the plugin for yourself, you can download it here.