Help – Property Mapping


  1. How to Customize Your Maps
  2. How to Generate Rent Comps
  3. How to Get Census Data Using the Portfolio Mapper
  4. How to Map One or More Addresses Using the Portfolio Mapper

How to Customize Your Maps

The “map configuration” panel, shown below the map itself, provides several tools that you can use to customize your maps.
  1. Hide or show the on-map controls: perfect for taking screen-shots
  2. Show drawing tools to annotate the map with your own diagrams
  3. Switch between the street-map and satellite views
  4. Get driving directions: a useful tool if you’re planning a trip to your properties

The “map tools” button provides even more options.
On the portfolio mapping page (next to each address):
On the single property page (underneath the map):
The “geographic borders” dialog will let you add various census and political borders to the map:
The “radius circles” dialog will let you draw circles around each address. Each circle can be given its own color (use the color’s English name or a hex code). This is a great way to calculate distances to other points of interest.

How to Generate Rent Comps

You can use the “Search Nearby” feature to find properties near your subject.

To begin, create a map of one or more properties (see above), click on the “Map Tools” link and then “Search Nearby”.
On the portfolio mapping page (next to each address):
On the single property page (underneath the map):
If, for example, you were looking for multifamily comps enter “apartments” in the keyword box and then run the search. You will get a list of matching properties that are within your search radius. You can save this map and visit the website of each listed property to get all the data you need.

How to Get Census Data Using the Portfolio Mapper

Clicking on the “explore” link next to any address search result will take you to the research portal for that given address. From this page you can:
  • get an overview of current demographics including population, housing and income statistics
  • search for nearby environmental cleanups
  • see if there are any nearby community amenities
  • order the complete research report for the address
Are you already a census expert? You can also retrieve any American Community Survey data attribute for the current census block group and tract using the advanced search tool.

How to Map One or More Addresses Using the Portfolio Mapper

Provide one address per line, with each providing one or more of the following data fields:
  • address (or address1): the street address (“2 Lincoln Memorial Cir NW”); required
  • city: the city name (“Washington”)
  • state: the state or province name or abbreviation (“DC”)
  • zip (or zipcode): the postal code (“20037”)
  • country: the county code (“US”)
  • title (or name): the display name to be shown in the results and map legend (“The Lincoln Memorial”)
  • color: the hexadecimal code of the pin color to be used in the results (“FF0000”); if not specified, the default color will be used; to find color codes use this color picker
  • field names and individual records are not case sensitive
  • fields do not need to be in any particular order
  • any record beginning with a “#” will be skipped
  • if no header record is provided, each line is parsed in its entirety and any non-address data will cause the geocoding process to fail
  • the field delimiter (comma, pipe, etc.) can be specified with each request
  • some requests will respond with the error message “No exactly matching address was found.” This most often occurs for street addresses that do not exist within the locality in your request or when a request matches two or more locations in the same locality.
To try it out, copy the example text below to the address search box:
Make sure “Data has header record” is selected. Then, click “Click to Draw Map” and you should see a map that looks like this:

October 22, 2016