GIS technology is incredible, and has the potential to dramatically enhance the real estate development industry. It gives users the ability to visualize data in the context of location. For a long time, however, GIS was prohibitively expensive to use. First, the technology was dominated by one or two companies with incredibly expensive licensing agreements. Second, the technology took a ton of expertise to use, and often required experts who had PHDs in geography or geographic information systems. Because of the expense, GIS technology was often limited to the largest companies with massive resources. Since real estate development shops often stay fairly lean, GIS never really infiltrated the industry. Instead of having their own platforms, developers went out to City and County GIS websites, which are typically bulky, confusing, and highly limited.
Today, web developers that specialize in GIS can use GIS technology to create web based applications that are simple and intuitive to use. Gone are the days when only a PHD could be hired to use GIS in any capacity. Now, the PHDs are democratizing the technology for the common user. This is what we have done with our product, Site Identify.
By aggregating multiple data sources into one GIS platform that is intuitive to use, Site Identify can empower real estate development professionals to make quicker decisions, and to find out more about their respected markets than ever before. The best real estate developers are the best deal makers, and finding sites often takes up too much time. Site Identify solves this problem. We allow you to instantly find sites. Now all you have to do is make a great deal.
Our initial Site Identify product allows users to use a full arsenal of GIS tools. Users can search and filter sites that meet their development criteria, and they can even hone in on zoned sites. Finally, users can even search for common owners and do assemblage searches, which locate adjacent parcels that have the same owner. This is powerful, and Site Identify wants to do even more. Throughout the year, we will be rolling out even more features and powerful applications using GIS technology. We hope that we can provide you and your firm with tremendous value, and we'd love to be a partner with you in the future.
The official Site Identify blog
David Morin (co-founder)