COLLEGE STATION – If you're one of the many regular users of our data and research, chances are you've already noticed some changes on our website. If you haven't, you're in for a surprise.
The revamped website, the product of a year-long development process, is part of an extensive redesign of the Center’s information technology platform.
It officially marks the beginning of the digital-first era for the Center, meaning the latest news and research articles can be viewed online even before publication in the Center’s flagship periodical, Tierra Grande magazine.
You'll also find a map view to NewsTalk Texas, the daily update of real estate happenings across the state. This allows users to pinpoint news on a map.
And for the first time, the website is mobile-friendly.
“We invested a significant effort in responsive design so the site looks and works great on any size mobile device," said Research Data Scientist Gerald Klassen, who spearheaded the project. "Wherever they are, our audience can enjoy convenient access to our latest news and articles via mobile phone or tablet.”
We've also brought back our blog, rebranded as “Mixed-Use.” The not-so-serious blog features posts in which the staff “shares musings, ramblings and occasionally useful insights on Texas real estate."
More big changes are ahead for the website. Beginning in January, Texas housing activity data will be based on a new data series covering 99.9 percent of the state’s MLS listings. Data will be geographically oriented so users can see a map of the area covered by the statistics.
“Duplicate MLS listings will also be eliminated as much as possible. This is part of a larger effort between the Center, Texas Association of Realtors and local MLS boards to develop the most accurate source of state housing data available,” said Klassen.
Are you a regular user of our site? Send your favorite user stories about the website to firstname.lastname@example.org. If your story is highlighted in the Mixed-Use blog, you will receive an eight gigabyte flash drive.