Is There Too Much Noise Where You Live?
March 11, 2020
The most important aspects when considering a new home are the price, schools, commute, crime, and noise, according to consumer surveys by realtor.com®. The first four factors can be determined by reports, but noise levels have been a tough metric to distinguish for those shopping online for properties.
Realtor.com® launched a new noise indicator that provides sound data for properties so home shoppers can consider the noise level before they visit. Its noise data at the property level covers three major sources: traffic, airports, and local sources such as restaurants, gas stations, sports stadiums, schools, and more.
“Every home buyer is different. Some people are at home in a bustling city, while others prefer the peace and quiet of a country farmhouse,” says Rachel Morley, senior vice president of product management at realtor.com®. “With our new noise indicator, we can provide specific information about whether the property is near a freeway, an airport, or a gas station and how that impacts sound levels. This information can help narrow the search and make sure that our users find a home that’s perfect for them.”
The noise indicator assigns a noise rating of either high, medium, or low. Visitors also will be able to view the source of the noise near the property and view a heat map that overlays noise sources.
Homes in the same neighborhood can have different noise ratings, however. It depends on their proximity to major roads, hospitals, or schools, realtor.com® notes.
The U.S. Department of Transportation also offers a noise indicator with its National Noise Map. The heat map reveals the medium to loud sounds surrounding 97% of the population. It focuses on airplane and road noise and offers views of noise levels from a national to county level.
Updated: July 31, 2020