Know Your Commute Before You Commit

Posted by Kelly Holck on Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at 7:17pm.

You’re in the market to buy a new home...

but you want to make sure you don’t have an insanely long commute to work. It can get expensive and exhausting having a 30-minute drive to and from your daily destinations, plus the time that gets added on because of the imminent rush hour traffic you’ll (at least occasionally) get stuck in. If you’re planning on moving to a new city, or even neighborhood, traffic at different times of the day in that area is most likely foreign to you. 

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Shaun Garrity 

If you can relate to any of the above, you’re not alone. An article by the National Association of REALTORS® says that 64% of homebuyers bought a home based on the convenience factor in relation to their work place. Over 1/5 of homebuyers even purchased at a different price point than they originally planned just so they could be closer to their job. 

According to an INRIX case study on Windermere Real Estate, an even larger number of people take their commute into account when it comes to buying a home:

"73% of homebuyers say that their commute is a significant factor in their decisions about which home to buy."


Because we know how important it is for you to get a home in the right area, we've introduced a new module on our website. It simplifies the home buying process by allowing you to search for houses based on drive time to/from any location. The INRIX Drive Time™ technology doesn’t just tell you how far you are from that location, it tells you how long it will take you to get to that location at whatever time of day you might be behind the wheel.

Learn how to use INRIX Drive Time™ below. 

As you can see, all you have to do is insert the address that you don't want to stray too far from, and this innovative technology will show you every. single. house. that fits your criteria in that area. Data from over 100 million drivers has been collected to provide real-time traffic, construction, accidents, events, and police activity. By using this new feature, you’ll save yourself the heartbreak of falling in love with a home only to find out it’s an hour and a half commute to work during rush hour. 

I actually just moved to a new home with the impression that I’d have a 25-minute commute to my new job because of the few times I’d driven that route. However, I’d never driven it at 7:30 AM AKA prime rush hour in Madison. Now, I’m living in Sun Prairie and working on the border of Middleton – Madison, with over two hours of drive time solely in my work commute. The only options I can think of at this point are:

  1.         Move again, seven months later. This isn’t going to happen because I’m not a huge fan of packing boxes, spending an entire day moving those boxes, then unpacking those same exact boxes. I also really despise the sounds that come out of my cats while we’re in the car; no volume of music can drown out their pathetic, earsplitting meows.
  2.         Get a new job, seven months later. This isn’t going to happen either because this is the first job in Madison that I’m actually enjoying and that is within the realm of my career goals. Plus, I wouldn’t be able to provide you with these handy dandy, beautifully-written blog posts. 
  3.         Suck it up and deal with it. Based on my response to options #1 and #2, I think we all know what I’m going to be doing. I do, however, know what my plan is for the next time I decide to go through the dreadful moving process.

Therefore, instead of starting a support group for those of us who just can’t seem to get the home/work dilemma figured out, check out our new extension that will save your loved ones from listening to hours of complaints about your awful commute; the commute that, in your opinion, will surely be the end of you. 


If you have any other questions about the new INRIX Drive Time™ extension or about buying and selling in general, feel free to give us a call!

Until then, K

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