If you’re looking to buy a home, you don’t want that investment taken away from you by a natural disaster. While people who have lived in an area for a while often have a decent idea of the risks inherent to living there, it’s entirely possible you might not know about the massive wildfire that swept through the area a decade ago. One real estate search company wants to fix that.
Trulia, which recently acquired Seattle-based Market Leader, is offering new disaster heat maps on its website that will allow users to visualize the disaster risk near where they hope to call home. The company already has maps that show earthquake and flood risk, but they now offer maps that show wildfire risk, as well as the paths of hurricanes and tornadoes.
“Buying a house is one of the biggest financial decisions a consumer will ever make, but it’s often hard for home shoppers to get information about the potential risks and impact of natural hazards like those we’ve had in recent years,” Lee Clancy, the company’s VP of Consumer Products said in a statement.
The maps are built from government data, and are designed to provide homebuyers with information about what sort of natural disasters their house may be at risk for.
For example, if you’re looking to move to Florida, Trulia’s hurricane maps will show you the paths of past hurricanes, as well as accumulated wind energy over time for a given area, which should provide a picture of how bad hurricane season could get for you.
Currently, the maps are only available through Trulia Local on the company’s website, though Trulia hopes to integrate them into search and mobile in the near future.
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Blair Hanley Frank is a technology journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has also worked for Macworld, PCWorld and TechHive. He can be found on Twitter @belril.