18 Sep 2015
GridlockHigh carbon emissionsClimate change (1)

A New Smart Growth & Sustainable Development Solution for You and Your Clients

2MAPS is a geospatial-based application that provides a parcel-level affordable housing location and traffic reduction model to aid in “smart growth” and sustainable development.

The Problem

All over the world, public officials are under increasing pressure to meet carbon reduction mandates. At the same time, the general public is suffering from crippling traffic jams. “Smart growth” principles offer a remedy for both problems. These principles focus on where to best locate town workers and small businesses to expedite development of pedestrian-oriented communities and reduce auto dependency. Combining geospatial tools and available data, these smart growth models can be developed and easily visualized to aid in the decision making process.

The Solution

The 2MAPS solution includes the only spatial algorithm built for assigning every parcel in America a categorical score to formulate overlay zones that identify optimal development areas to increase affordable housing while improving traffic flows.

How it works

A Relative Walk Potential map layer is created by first mapping all the destination parcels (retail, service, amenities) and buffering those parcels by a certain radius. The resulting Relative Walk Potential map assigns a categorical walkability rating to each parcel according to the total number of nearby destinations.

The Relative Walk map is then overlayed with parcels that are considered candidates for development (multi-family, commercial, office, mixed use).  The intersecting parcels from these 2 maps creates the High Walk Overlay Zone essentially identifying parcels that are optimal for redevelopment to offer affordable housing for town workers based on walkability

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The same process is used to create a Relative Transit Potential map although this time, a categorical walkability rating is assigned to each parcel according to the total number of nearby destinations factoring each parcel based on transit potential using bus stop and accessible jobs data. Like the Relative Walk Potential map, the transit map is overlayed and intersected with the candidates for development parcels to create High Transit Overlay Zone essentially identifying parcels optimal for redevelopment based on public transit access.

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The final outcome when combining the High Walk Overlay Zone and theHigh Transit Overlay Zone is the Climate Change Overlay Zone, where, locating town worker housing, retail, and rent control will decrease traffic and trip generation as well as greatly reduce the area’s carbon footprint the most. The pink area in the Climate Change Overlay represents the high trip generation reduction zone.

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Benefits

  • Decreases traffic congestion
  • Reduces a community’s carbon footprint helping to reverse climate change
  • Increases affordable housing
  • Added housing inventory expedites compliance with new HUD Fair Housing Act Guidelines

Whether you’re in traffic engineering, economic development, regional planning, or with a company that services those markets, this is an optimized solution that immediately addresses one of the most prevalent issues facing this country today.

Contact me at billy@courthouseusa.com to discuss how we can partner to help apply sustainable “smart growth” principles.

23 Jun 2017

CourthouseUSA now offers access to statewide commercial property data and comps in Florida via ValueArmor

CourthouseUSA, a leading provider of mobile applications for the assessment and real estate communities announces ValueArmor Standard Edition for the state of Florida is now available through the Hexagon Geospatial Marketplace.

ValueArmor, a web-based mapping application, provides easy and affordable access to statewide commercial property data to help ensure fair and equitable taxation and promote negotiation over litigation. ValueArmor Standard Edition is available now in the state of Florida at an affordable cost, $2400 per year per county with unlimited users and includes:

Statewide Commercial Data – View over 240,000 commercial data points from all over the state along with attribute data.

Filtering for Comps – One-click filtering charts allow you to easily segment the data to identify comparable properties anywhere within the state.

Sales Ratios – Interactive chart allows you to view or filter by sales ratios helping to identify properties that are potentially over or under assessed.

Export – Export filtered results to an excel format

ValueArmor – Gold Edition (coming soon) will include all the features listed above PLUS AVM values for commercial properties over 10K square foot; at a site license cost of $9500 per year.

If you are not in Florida but would like your state made available through ValueArmor, please contact Billy@courthouseusa.com to get your state added to the list.

Visit www.courthouseusa.com/valuearmor to learn more or visit https://store.hexagongeospatial.com/apps/158263#!overview to start your free trial.

06 Apr 2017

CourthouseUSA now offers access to statewide commercial property data and comps in Maryland via ValueArmor

Apr 4, 2017 — CourthouseUSA, a leading provider of mobile applications for the assessment and real estate communities announces ValueArmor Standard Edition for the state of Maryland is now available through the Hexagon Geospatial Marketplace.

ValueArmor, a web-based mapping application, provides easy and affordable access to statewide commercial property data to help ensure fair and equitable taxation and promote negotiation over litigation. ValueArmor Standard Edition is available now in the state of Maryland at an affordable cost, $2400 per year per county with unlimited users and includes:

Statewide Commercial Data – View over 100,000 commercial data points from all over the state along with attribute data and a live link to the state assessment database.

Filtering for Comps – One-click filtering charts allow you to easily segment the data to identify comparable properties anywhere within the state.

Sales Ratios – Interactive chart allows you to view or filter by sales ratios helping to identify properties that are potentially over or under assessed.

Export – Export filtered results to an excel format

ValueArmor – Gold Edition (coming soon) will include all the features listed above PLUS AVM values for commercial properties over 10K square foot; at a site license cost of $9500 per year.

If you are not in Maryland but would like your state made available through ValueArmor, please contact Billy@courthouseusa.com to get your state added to the list.

12 Jan 2017

Baldwin County Alabama Revenue Commissioner’s Office Selects MobileAssessor Mobile App for Field Appraisers

Jan 10, 2017 — CourthouseUSA, a leading provider of mobile applications for the assessment and real estate communities announces Baldwin County, AL has accepted CourthouseUSA’s proposal to adopt MobileAssessor created by Data Cloud Solutions.

The Baldwin County Revenue Commissioner’s Office, located on Alabama’s Gulf Coast, is responsible for mapping,  appraising and  assessing each parcel of property and then  collecting tax based upon each parcel’s assessed value. The county has approximately 130,000 parcels.

MobileAssessor, a mobile app for field appraisers, will allow Baldwin County appraisers to review, edit, and collect CAMA data while in the field.

Read full press release here – http://www10.giscafe.com/nbc/articles/view_article.php?section=CorpNews&articleid=1477441

18 Oct 2016

CourthouseUSA launches ValueArmor to help Assessors validate and defend commercial assessments

CourthouseUSA, a leading provider of mobile applications for the assessment and real estate communities announces ValueArmor™ is now available through the Hexagon Geospatial Marketplace.

ValueArmor is a web-based tool developed by industry veterans Patrick M O’Connor, Marlene Jeffers, and Billy Burle. Patrick M. O’Connor, developer of the ValueArmor valuation model, is known to the mass appraisal industry as one of the most knowledgeable and respected modelers.  Pat’s direct market model uses the IAAO’s hybrid model format.  This application is unique as it is the first expansion of the geographic area from the local assessment jurisdiction to a statewide geographic coverage. This provides the clients with access to a data set of filtered statewide sales and standard estimates of market value for most commercial and industrial properties within the state. This valuable statewide information, previously not available or accessible, will assist assessors/appraisers with development of local values and defense of large building tax appeals.

Full press release: http://gisuser.com/2016/10/courthouseusa-launches-valuearmor-to-help-assessors-validate-and-defend-commercial-assessments/

05 Oct 2016

The CourthouseUSA national property database now includes 105 million parcels and continues to grow

The CourthouseUSA national property database now includes 105 million parcels and continues to grow.  The database contains parcel boundaries, owner information, addresses, appraisal information, and building attributes as well as detailed metadata for each county. The data is the perfect “sandbox” for developers looking to provide property related apps to its customers.  Unlike other data providers, we want to help you earn revenue from our data. Do you have an idea for an app?  Contact us today to talk about it. Visit our App Store for examples of apps developed by us and developer partners. Visit our App Developers page to learn more.

16 Sep 2016

Mitchell County North Carolina Tax Office Selects MobileAssessor Mobile App for Field Appraisers

CourthouseUSA, a leading provider of mobile applications for the assessment and real estate communities announces Mitchell County, NC has accepted CourthouseUSA’s proposal to adopt MobileAssessor created by Data Cloud Solutions.

The Mitchell County Tax Assessor’s Office, located in western North Carolina, is responsible for listing, appraising, and assessing both real and personal property in accordance with North Carolina laws. The county has approximately 15,000 parcels and is currently using the ProVal CAMA system from Thomson Reuters.

Read full press release online at http://gisuser.com/2016/09/mitchell-county-north-carolina-tax-office-selects-mobileassessor-mobile-app-for-field-appraisers/

28 Aug 2016

CourthouseUSA introduces Uniformity Tracker Cell Phone app at the 82nd IAAO Conference

CourthouseUSA introduces Uniformity Tracker Cell Phone app at the 82nd Annual International Conference on Assessment Administration (IAAO) held August 28–31, 2016 in Tampa, Florida. The Uniformity Tracker App assists local government property assessors/appraisers in obtaining the information they need to assess properties fairly and equitably. A mobile device’s internal GPS geo-locates the user and retrieves the appraised value per square foot for every property within a geographic area. The user will compare the individual property values per square foot from the vantage point of being on site and decide whether or not with a single “click” to submit the request for review. At just $1200 annual hosting fee plus $50 per month per use, it’s the perfect low cost way to identify outliers.  Click HERE to learn more.

14 Jul 2016

Carteret County North Carolina Tax Office Selects MobileAssessor Mobile App for Field Appraisers

CourthouseUSA, a leading provider of mobile applications for the assessment and real estate communities announces Carteret County, NC has accepted CourthouseUSA’s proposal to adopt MobileAssessor created by Data Cloud Solutions.

Carteret County, located on the North Carolina coastline, has approximately 60,000 parcels and is the third largest county by area in the state. The Carteret County Tax Office is responsible for listing, assessing, billing, and collecting all property taxes in accordance with NC General Statutes.

Read full press release online at http://gisuser.com/2016/06/carteret-county-north-carolina-tax-office-selects-mobileassessor-mobile-app-for-field-appraisers/

03 Jun 2016
If content is king, then context is God- (1)

An Abundance of Data Requires an Abundance of Context

Gary Vaynerchuk said it best – “If content is king, then context is God“. Of course Gary was mostly referring to marketing and advertising content. However, the same holds true for location based data as content. Data, content, big data, whatever you want to call it, is becoming more readily available. This is in part due to the great work of Code for America and the open data movement. The problem is we have more data than we know what to do with – unless we add context to the data. There are lots of opportunities to take all of this content and add context by making it extremely relevant for very specific purposes.

Foursquare provides a great example. If you’ve read my other blog posts you know I’m a big fan of Foursquare and that’s in part due to being a big fan of location based data. You may think of Foursquare as an app company. Actually, they are a data company. They have one of the best location based platforms on the market with 65 million venues, billions of check-ins, and 70 million tips tied to those locations. That’s the reason more than 85,000 developers have built products using Foursquare’s data. When you open the Foursquare app, you’re not overwhelmed by the massive amount of data that powers the app because the data is made contextually relevant for a single purpose – location based search and discovery of venues.

We’re currently seeing a trend whereas apps are becoming more focused on the context of very specific actions. Just look at all of the single purpose apps popping up.

  • Foursquare with Swarm
  • Instagram with Hyperlapse and Layout
  • Facebook with Messenger and Groups
  • LinkedIN with LinkedIN Connected, LinkedIN Job Search, LinkedIN Recruiter, and LinkedIN Slideshare

Parcel, or property data, is another location based layer that’s quickly “opening up” and becoming more readily available. Many companies, mine included, sell that content in bulk format. However, as the data flood gates open, content will give way to context. You’ll see less of a need for selling the data and more of a need for selling very specific and contextually relevant solutions tailored to a variety of industries.

I’m excited to see all of the solutions that will come out of the open parcel data movement. By the way if you have any ideas for one of those contextually relevant solutions for your industry using property data – email me atbilly@courthouseusa.com. We are on the lookout for partners / developers that want to build solutions for an industry using nationwide parcel data.

17 May 2016

Fulton County Board of Assessors Select MobileAssessor Mobile App for Field Appraisers

CourthouseUSA, a leading provider of mobile applications for the assessment and real estate communities announces Fulton County, Georgia has selected CourthouseUSA to provide MobileAssessor created by Data Cloud Solutions.

Fulton County, located in north central Georgia with the county seat being the City of Atlanta, is home to 1,074,611 residents and 310,000 parcels.

http://www.directionsmag.com/pressreleases/fulton-county-board-of-assessors-select-mobileassessor-mobile-app-for-/468675