Advertising Rentals: Include the Walkability Rating

By E-Renter Tenant Screening
Posted on July 12, 2010 under Housing Trends, Landlord Tips | icon: commentBe the First to Comment

walking_sign4517-225x300When it comes to advertising a rental property, most landlords are sure to include the basics: the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, any included appliances, and of course, the area of town or neighborhood it’s in.

But you might be surprised to hear that potential tenants also want to know about an area’s walkability rating. What’s that? Walkability is a way to determine how close a property is to shops, grocery stores, libraries, and other amenities that people want. If you can get there by leaving the car in the garage, it’s walkable—and the more amenities within walking distance, the higher a property’s walkability rating.

Walkability means that tenants can avoid the congestion, parking, and pollution associated with driving—and still get their errands run. Walkability makes a neighborhood more pleasant to live in—and studies show that more amenities within walking distance can boost home values. Given that tenants want walkable residences, you might want to advertise the walkability rating for all your rental properties.

How do you know if your vacant rental is in a walkable neighborhood? It’s quick and easy on, a popular site that measures how many amenities are within walking distance of any address. While the site’s algorithm gives the actual distance from an address to stores, restaurants, movie theaters and public transportation, it doesn’t factor in safety, street design or topography. So, it won’t mention any huge hills you’d have to climb to reach the nearest bookstore.

While will likely add improvements like topography and presence of sidewalks, it’s still a clear snapshot of the amenities surrounding your rental property. Whether or not you include a walkability rating in your rental ads, consider using this tool to inform potential tenants of all the great stores, restaurants, and coffee shops that are close to your rental units.

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