Realtor.com gets what we (my wife and I) are looking for in a home search site. The “Saved Homes” and clear emphasis on the pictures are stellar additions. The redesign was nice. My wife and I have been trolling realtor.com for the past…6ish months. Mostly my wife driving and me watching over her shoulder asking “now why did you click on that?”… then her grumbling a bit.
This time she was delighted by a minor, but helpful, enhancement. Obviously the big redesign was not the end of their new features, which is nice to see. The multi-select for the surrounding towns is a big upgrade from simply choosing a radius and rolling the dice. For certain price ranges just choosing a circle can really create some noise.
What I noticed:
- You still have the radius feature. Good if you want it.
- I can ignore the radio buttons and just start clicking away at the towns.
- The sort is a nice feature. The distance gave us a sense of how far we wanted to scroll before just starting a new search.
- The trick with multi-select: where do you display the results? I think Realtor.com made a smart choice. The results are accessible on mouseOver. That was all we needed. The real results are in the main area of the screen anyway.
- They could put some indication of how many results are in each town for your query to let you know whether or not it’s even worth clicking, but I only came up with that after thinking about it for a while (which can be a dangerous thing for an interaction designer to do).
So… I dig it. I also dig compound widgets… oh and I also like the tiny arrow-like design element on top of the widget. No doubt what I am going to affect.