By Nick Downer
on April 21, 2020
Hey all, this is Nick with Landgrid. I thought I’d do a quick blog post to talk a little bit about how excited we are to be able to offer white labeling services to our clients, and explain why we’re so stoked.
You already know that Loveland makes fantastic GIS software for visualizing and managing property information out of the box via our flagship platform, Landgrid.com. However, many of our most powerful projects have customized the look and feel of our software to the exact needs of a business, government, or community development organization (the Flint Property Portal is a great example).
In the past these projects were one-offs, meaning that the cool features that we made for one client we couldn’t easily replicate for others. What we have now for the first time is the ability to create these for pretty much any Enterprise customer who would like one, at scale.
What this means:
No matter what you’re using our platform and/or data for, we can customize a site that’ll make it all about you and your needs. We can change the look and feel of the site visually, as well as highlighting the information you need and removing anything you don’t. If you’ve ever thought “I wish I could do X thing with this data”, the time has come - now you can. I think you’ll agree, that’s pretty compelling.
So, what exactly is a white label? Glad you asked, and here’s a handy graphic to help explain.
As you can probably gather, white labeling is a broad concept and can apply to a lot of potential use cases, which is one of the reasons I think it’s so cool. For existing clients, white labeling can really supercharge the impact, utility, and visibility of their work with Landgrid; in addition, I also anticipate a whole swath of potential new customers for whom we suddenly become relevant and attractive.
Rather than continuing in generalities, I thought I’d lay out some specific examples of things that white labeling now allows us to get into via some friendly hypotheticals. If any of these spark an idea for you, your business, or someone you know, please check out our revamped Enterprise page and shoot me an email at email@example.com. As always, we’re more than happy to talk through the details as they relate to you specifically - we're a friendly bunch and love to take customers all the way from concept to finished product.
You’re a real estate company with a portfolio of properties which you hold and/or manage. Your investors want to be able to quickly and easily see which properties are owned, status updates as they occur, and track potential future investments.
With a white labeled site, you can give your investors access to a private site at a URL of your choosing, with your companies’ branding, that color-codes properties by ownership or as potential leads. Property managers during their daily work or staff scoping out potential acquisitions use the Landgrid app to snap photos and make notes about properties, all of which shows up in real time on a customized field.
You’re a realtor whose primary interest is in a specific region (or regions) of the country. You want the latest property transfer data as well as any other metrics you can get your hands on that will help you determine which properties to take on and how to market them.
We’re bulking up our customizations so that you could set up a white label solution that pulls the metrics you’re interested in onto an Insights dashboard. You could see the number and sales value of properties sold in an area over time, bookmark properties you want to check out, and set up a data integration so that other sales data you have access to flows into your Landgrid account automatically.
You’re a real estate investor, and you specialize in certain types of properties (commercial, vacant lots, residential rehab, etc). You need access to data that will give you an edge on finding these properties before your competitors.
Here, we’d set up some customizations on an Insights dashboard that could flag properties that fit your criteria as soon as they become available, in addition to some premade maps that would (for example) color code vacant commercial structures as yellow, vacant residential structures as blue, etc. Using this information, you could either go out and visit them in person with our survey app, or use it as a starting point to do outreach to the owners of those properties or other research.
You’re a land bank, and you need a way to track properties from abandonment and vacancy, through acquisition, all the way to sale and transfer to new owners. You have hundreds of these properties, and it’s becoming a huge hassle to keep track of them all and make sure you have the most current data for any given property!
First of all, if you were using a database software to track properties, we could integrate with that - so that changes you make there get reflected onto our map. If you were doing it more, let’s say, “old school” via paper or a simple spreadsheet, we would be happy to consult, design and set up a new workflow for you that uses Landgrid primarily, making far more efficient use of you and your staff’s time going forward.
You’re concerned with the increasing number of tax delinquent properties in your area, and you need segmented data, as well as a way of tracking outreach to residents.
We could set you up with a custom site that would have a handful of premade maps: one highlighting tax delinquent properties, one highlighting properties that have had outreach (what, when, and status), and a handful of other premade maps showing things like valuation and transfers so that you can anticipate which areas to pay special attention to in the coming months.
You're a municipal government looking for a user-friendly way to publicly show the various investments and projects being undertaken by the city, because you value transparency and open data.
We’d set up for you an attractive public-facing interface as well as the training needed for staff to input data; premade maps for each area (streetscape improvements, paving projects, tree planting, etc) could be created. All data could be integrated with an existing Open Data portal if it exists for easy resident download, and/or we could host those downloads on the white labeled site itself.
You’re digitizing hard-copy historic data (Census, building records, sales data, photos, etc) and you need a platform to input this data and tie it to the current parcel. You want the final product to be available to other researchers in the future.
Rather than recreate the wheel, you can use a site with Landgrid’s parcels as a georeferenced base on which to append your data. This site can be used by any number of staff while digitizing to submit records, and once the project is complete, you could work with Landgrid staff to visualize the data in whatever way feels most compelling. Project leaders could view productivity stats for staff working on the project, review digitized records, and flag any in need of further review.
You want a dashboard that can track investments you’ve made in a given city, or nationwide. In addition, you want to be able to easily see specific information that might inform data-driven decisions around equitable funding, and identify existing gaps in the funding you provide.
We can create an attractive interface that you can use to generate needed metrics for funders quickly ("we have funded 20 projects in ZIP code XYZ, 3 of which were arts & culture grants, and invested $3m") on a map which can be private or public.
By Ray Visser
on March 19, 2020
While browsing Landgrid's data, you may have encountered fields like "lbcs_activity" and "lbcs_function", but their values are just 4-digit numbers. What exactly do those fields mean? Let's take a quick look!
The Land-Based Classification System (LBCS) is a method devised by the American Planning Institute to describe how the land of an individual parcel is used. It encodes land use across five dimensions (activity, function, structure, site, and ownership). These codes are 4-digit numbers, with the first digit denoting the broadest category, and each successive digit describing the parcel in more detail.
We focus primarily on the "lbcs_activity" and "lbcs_function" dimensions because they make the most sense at the parcel level. Activity describes the actual human activities that take place on the parcel, while function describes the broader economic or social use the parcel serves. For example, a parcel that is used as a parking lot for a school would have an "lbcs_activity" code of "5000" (for "Travel or movement activities"), but an "lbcs_function" code of "6000" (for "Education, public admin., health care, and institutional").
Most parcel data, however, does not use LBCS, and varies widely in how land use is classified (if that information is available at all). If there is any information pertaining to how a parcel is used, it usually takes the form of local zoning, land use, or tax assessors' codes. Because of this inconsistency, our LBCS classification work is done manually, county by county, matching each place's land use or zoning information to the nearest applicable LBCS code.
Currently, in Loveland's dataset of more than 144 million parcels, 54% of parcels have an LBCS code for function, and 45% of parcels have an LBCS code for activity. These percentages are increasing constantly as we add new places and fill in codes for existing ones. You can stay up to date on which places have LBCS data using the Landgrid coverage report.
We're working on implementing additional data fields to provide text description in addition to the LBCS codes. This will do away with the need to cross-reference the 4-digit codes in Landgrid's data with the APA website's master list of codes for each dimension. We hope to have these fields operational sometime in 2020.
The main reason we spend time implementing LBCS in our dataset is its universality. Local zoning, land use, or assessors' codes are still visible on parcels which have that data (usually in the "zoning", "zoning_description", "usecode", or "usedesc" fields, and sometimes in custom fields). But while there is variability from county to county what a zoning value of “101” or “R-1” is, an "lbcs_activity" value of "1000" always means "Residential activities".
This consistency means users of Landgrid's data and the mapping platform can perform queries to find trends across the dataset, or to count certain types of parcels. For instance, a regional business specializing in agricultural equipment could download the data for surrounding counties from the Landgrid data store, and query that data to find the number of parcels in each county with an "lbcs_activity" code in the range 8000-8999, for "natural resources-related activities".This could give a broad overview of places where agricultural activity is more prevalent and could help with focusing sales and marketing efforts where they are more likely to succeed.
Likewise, finding and mapping all the residential parcels in a city could help with understanding and tracking the spread of disease outbreaks like the current COVID-19 pandemic. If you are a local government or a fellow mapping and data company that could use parcel data to push forward your study, outreach efforts and research on COVID-19, or if you have questions about LBCS in general, please contact the Landgrid team at firstname.lastname@example.org, or check out the parcel data FAQ.
By Sahana Murthy
on January 9, 2020
As of end of 2019, Loveland has aggregated 142 million parcels nationwide, all of which is meticulously mapped on the Landgrid Mapping Platform.
Not just that:
We refreshed - 2029 counties
We have a total of - 2704 counties &
Best of all, our total average parcel age/currency is under a year right now!
Oh and how can I forget - We added the coveted USPS residential and vacancy indicators to our data.
But enough about the data we have!
Let’s talk about YOUR Data!!!
In today’s time, we know that everyone has & wants to work with their own datasets. You’ve spent years perhaps collecting the property data that you use for your day to day work - whether you are a county, Landbank, university, mapping company or operate in real estate,
As a data company, we value ALL data.
So, Bring your own data to us and we will manage it and put it all up in one central location - Be it your own massive or small property dataset, mortgage data , census tract data or data that you may have collected using property & land surveys.
Landgrid Enterprise - Finally, all of your organization’s property data in one place, fully integrated with the software you need to do your work.
No matter the size & scale of your data - leave it to the Loveland team to manage & import it for you.
Doesn’t matter how your data is structured - whether its in one consolidated DB or in multiple siloes.
We can handle it. We will clean it, standardize it, even geocode it if necessary and add it on to the Landgrid platform under your account.
And voila --- you & your entire can visualize your data, build beautiful color coded maps and augment your data with unlimited land surveys straight out of your Enterprise account.
Couple that with custom capabilities and you have the dream property management solution that you never knew existed.
What do we mean by custom solutions:
Could be anything ranging from as small as :
- custom reports
- to custom filters
- to custom data stats derived specifically for you, tailored to your analytic needs
- to an entirely custom site built just for you with your branding with embedded & interactive maps. Here’s an example of a made from scratch custom site that we built in partnership with the City of Flint & the Genessee county - https://flintpropertyportal.com/
Sky’s the limit.
Don’t worry about the scale of your project either.
Got an idea or need for an easy to use parcel data solution (No prior GIS experience required)???
Email us at email@example.com .
We can do a quick demo and get you a sense of what your solution could be - tailored just you.
Doesn’t get better than this.
Lets handle your property data for you and make your life easy! How’s that for a 2020 resolution???
We look forward to hearing from you!
By Sahana Murthy
on September 19, 2019
Howdy people of Landgrid & soon to be people of Landgrid!
If you have been following us these past few months, you know that we have been adding lots of improvements & new functionality to our suite of products.
Our most recent updates were the USPS - Vacancy & residential data that we added both to our bulk parcel dataset & to our Landgrid Mapping Platform.
Along the lines of making our platform better & easier to use & navigate, we recently conducted a UX study with a host of new users, power users & GIS users to understand how usable our product is.
A direct result of that are the new help tools to navigate & manage your projects better on the Landgrid platform. We have always had help tools & documentation on our platform.
But with these tooltips, we want to take things a step further to make your experience go smoother on the platform. We essentially want to make sure that you have the tools you need to make the most out of our fully loaded site & mainly so you never feel lost on how to use the platform.
The best thing about these help tools are that they are available to you, at all times on demand! You can toggle to turn them on when you need help navigating the site & turn them when you don’t.
Apart from the help tools, we have added some other functionality into the platform that are also a direct result of us listening to our customers. We took many of your requests and incorporated some of there here. I know there are many more requests & rest assured - We will get to them & add those to our product roadmap in the coming months.
So here’s a quick snapshot into everything that we have added to the platform to make it more usable:
1. Onboarding Tooltips:
- To turn on tooltips, you can select “Show Help” on the left hand panel or under the “?” icon drop down and it will instantly bring up the tips for each of our many features.
- Click on the “?” on the tip and it will open up a window describing the feature to you, along with links to the relevant articles on our product documentation for a deeper dive into the feature.
- To turn the tooltips off, simple select “Hide Help” on the left hand panel, or on the tooltip window itself or under the “?” drop down.
- OR Simple press the escape key “esc” on your keyboard to exit the help tools.
2. Project Settings:
- We heard you! We’ve had users asking for an easy way to manage & edit projects from one central location. You can now do that from your dashboard page.
- Select “Actions” drop down as shown below and you should be able to edit project settings, delete, import or export straight from the Dashboard.
- We also added “Date Created” and datasets associated with your project to your dashboard. So now you can see all the details that you need to know about your projects right here
3. Printable PDF’s of parcel page & attributes:
- We work with a lot of landbanks & municipalities and they have been asking us to build a way to print individual parcel records or survey records as PDF’s.
- And now its available on Landgrid.com!
- How to access it, you ask? Easy - Navigate & zoom into the parcel you want to print.
- When the parcel page loads up, click on the “Actions” dropdown and you will see 3 options there:
- Bookmark - Which is now part of the dropdown.
- Print - To print the entire parcel record as a PDF
- Add Post - If your project is part of a survey, you can use the “Add Post” function to update the information for this parcel.
The resulting Parcel PDF looks like this:
4. Few other improvements:
- We are in the process of adding building footprints to our data & as a map layer on our platform. We want to give you a teaser of what that would look like. For Pro & above users, go to “Layers” & select Ohio Buildings and you can see the building footprints render on the map. Soon we will have this available nationwide.
- “Esc” key can be used to turn off some of our other features as well - like the draw & measure tool. This was a request from one of our users & we made it happen.
- Better accessibility on the platform - Turning on & off of layers & bounds is more intuitive & usable now.
Well… That’s a lot of work & improvements from our team. Kudos to our amazing CTO Larry Sheradon & our data team for keeping us on our toes & making sure that we are constantly improving!
We are not done yet! There is more coming in 2019 & stay tuned with us to learn more!