New HAR.com goes live with listings from all over TexasNew HAR.com goes live with listings from all over Texashttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=14012015-03-27T11:26:00Z2015-03-27T11:00:00Z

HOUSTON and TEXAS - The popular consumer-facing real estate search portal operated by the Houston Association of Realtors, HAR.com, has officially relaunched with listings from throughout the state of Texas.

After nearly a year in beta testing, the association has flipped the switch on the new HAR.com, which has been rebranded as “Homes and Rentals” and includes more than 130,000 active, Realtor-represented for-sale and rental listings in 11 major markets and property tax information for more than 8.2 million homes throughout the state.

“As a prominent provider of real estate listings for the past 18 years, the accuracy and integrity of the content on HAR.com is of utmost importance, and we know that our content is completely broker-authorized and MLS-accurate,” said HAR President and CEO Bob Hale.

The new site’s features include:

•  “Drive Time” from INRIX, which allows users to enter any address, their desired drive time, and other search parameters such as number of bedrooms and bathrooms to produce a map of available property listings that fall within that drive time.

•  Push notifications on GPS-enabled smartphones for new home listings and the ability to search for nearby open houses.

•  “Texas School Finder” which lets potential buyers shop for a home based on schools and districts, school ratings, rankings and test score statistics.

•  “Neighborhood Finder” which lets consumers search for properties based on neighborhoods, subdivisions, cities, counties or ZIP code.

The site receives data from about 21 MLSs throughout Texas, including Dallas-based North Texas Real Estate Information Systems Inc. (NTREIS), as well as franchisors Realogy, Keller Williams and Re/Max of Texas.

The site is not receiving listings from the Austin Board of Realtors because that association no longer uses ListHub as its syndicator.

But the two associations are in discussions to figure out an alternative, Hale said. In the meantime, Hale estimates that more than half of Austin’s listings appear on HAR.com through franchisors.

Click here to check out the new HAR website.

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