Onboard Informatics has recently made a number of enhancements/improvements to our AVM (Automated Value Model), HVE (Home Value Estimator) and Recent Home Sales web services. We recognize the importance of providing our clients with continual improvements in order to ensure that their website users have access to the most accurate and up-to-date information. These enhancements include new search types and also adding a number of new fields to the XML output. Most importantly we have greatly improved the performance of these web services on our client sites. A new Property ID search type was added to each web service. Developers will be able to utilize this search so that users can see prior sales on a specific property from our Recent Home Sales web service. This search could also be used for those clients that have both Recent Home Sales and either AVM or HVE. Pulling the Property ID from the Recent Home Sales and submitting it to the AVM/HVE web service will allow developers to more easily access valuation information.
Also added to our Recent Home Sales was a Date Range search filter. Users can now enter a specific date range that they would like to see recent home sales from, no longer limiting results to an ‘x’ months back filter. This feature will allow consumers to find the information they are looking for in a more concise and thorough manner.
In addition to the new searches, and probably more importantly, we added a number of new fields to the XML output of each product. These new fields will provide more context around a particular property. Users will be able to look at detailed property information without having to go to multiple sites.
Last, but not least, we are happy to report that the response times for our AVM and HVE products has seen dramatic improvement. The average decrease in the response time for our AVM clients has been 61% while the average decrease for our HVE clients is 64%. Considering both web services already had sub-second response times, this improvement is another case of Onboard not being satisfied with the status quo. These improvements will make for an even better user experience for users visiting our client’s web sites.
If you would like to discuss any of these enhancements in more detail please feel free to contact our Support team at email@example.com.