Rent.com.au has integrated a Walk Score rating onto every property on the website. The scores attached to your listings offer a number of points for discussion with prospective tenants.
Walk Score® helps Renters find walkable places to live. If you visit Rent.com.au today and take a look at any currently listed rental property, you can drill down and see its walkability ranking and estimated commute times. Walk Score® calculates the walkability of any given address by locating nearby amenities such as shopping centres, restaurants, schools and parks.
Basically, Walk Score® measures how easy it is to live a ‘car-free’ lifestyle.
How do I explain Walk Score to renters and owners?
A property’s Walk Score is important because:
- Walkability and access to public transport are associated with higher asking rents
- Transportation costs are a significant household expense
- Commute time and places to walk are an important criteria for renters
What does this mean for agents?
Prospective tenants who are more informed about the area and the property’s location before they submit a property enquiry or application are more likely to remain in a lease for the longer-term.
Integrating Walk Score into Rent.com.au is part of a venture to streamline the renting experience for the 30% of the population renting today.
While homes in walkable areas mean a convenience for tenants, they can also carry higher price tags. You can factor this information into your discussions with owners when it comes to setting the asking rent.
What does my property’s Walk Score mean?
Walk Score helps renters who are looking for a walkable place to live. Walk Score is a number between 0 and 100 that measures the walkability of any address.
Daily errands do not require a car
Most errands can be accomplished on foot
Some errands can be accomplished on foot
Most errands require a car
Almost all errands require a car
What makes an area walkable?
- A centre: Walkable neighbourhoods have a discernable centre: This could be a shopping district, a main street or a public space.
- Density: The suburb is compact enough for local businesses to flourish and for public transportation to run frequently.
- Mixed income, mixed use: Housing is provided for everyone in the neighbourhood: Young and old, singles anc couples. Businesses and residences are located near each other.
- Parks and public space: There are plenty of public spaces to gather and play.
- Pedestrian-centric design: Buildings are places close to the street to cater to foot traffic, with parking lots relegated to the back.
- Nearby schools and workplaces: Schools and workplaces are close enough that most residents can walk from their home.
Need more information? Call Rent.com.au’s Customer Service team on 1300 032 009 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org for details to help you get started.