Interwest’s GIS team recently began working with JohnBurns Real Estate Consulting, a consulting company that provides housing research and consulting to builders, lenders, investors, and building product manufacturers.
As part of their services to their housing industry clients, John Burns Real Estate Consulting provides maps and analysis of metro area statistics throughout the United States. Their consultants had been using Microsoft Map Point and Adobe Photoshop to create maps, but needed a more robust system that allowed them to get the clean look they were after without the effort involved in scrubbing the map in Photoshop.
Interwest’s GIS team installed Esri’s ArcGIS for Desktop, created a geodatabase with all of their geographic and demographic data, and created a series of map templates to demonstrate building industry statistics such as job growth, unemployment rates, affordability, resale price growth, foreclosures, pre-forclosures, and home sales growth. Now they are able to quickly create data driven maps that focus on the content their clients are seeking to make housing industry decisions.
Interwest built models that will automatically process the data from the company’s SQL database into the geodatabase which updates existing maps with the current month’s data, saving the consultants a lot of time each month.