Posts Tagged ‘local school information’

Roost’s New Facebook App, Social Real Estate

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

We’re excited to spread the word about Roost‘s new Facebook application, Social Real Estate.

The application creates a “Real Estate” tab on Facebook profiles that displays city-specific housing, education info using SchoolFinder’s local school data web service, and walkability data.  It’s perfect for real estate agents and brokers to promote engagement and show off their expertise with their many Facebook connections.

Learn more about this hot new app!

New and Improved Local Schools Widget

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

The Local Schools widget has become a popular free tool for real estate sites and blogs to showcase local school information. We’ve received positive feedback on how easy the widget is to customize and install. The recent enhancements were made in order to further meet our user’s needs around free school data.

So what’s new and improved on the widget?

Now, you can showcase schools near an exact address. Simply input the street address and city or zip and the closest schools to the address will be shown in the widget, both in the map and list view. Now real estate sites can implement the widget to showcase nearby schools for specific properties.

Another great new feature is the ability to browse the widget map past the default location. For example, if a widget is created for the zip code 94603, the user can browse past the schools that lie within the zip code to see schools in surrounding zip codes or cities.

Lastly, our widget has an updated look and feel- we’ve updated the look but kept all of the customization options available, such as color choice, size options, and custom title so it can be visually integrated onto other sites.

Don’t worry, we’ve kept our other key features, such as the ability to create a widget for a zip, city, entire county, or a specific school district. That way you can create a widget for the exact area you serve.

Our local school data tools are free and popular with sites and blogs in a variety of industries, including real estate, local media, and school districts.  We hope to continue to see the popularity of the widget grow and are really excited to showcase the new and improved widget at the Real Estate Connect conference in San Francisco this week! Feel free to contact us with any questions on widget use at

Learn about Free School Info with this How-To Video

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

We’ve received great feedback about our local school data and tools, but also some questions on how real estate professionals can access them. With this video guide, learn about our free school info and how to make a local schools widget! Walk through the five steps of creating a local schools widget for your site or blog and see sample widget implementations.

Winners of the School Reviews Contest!

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

A big congratulations to the winners of the School Reviews Contest!  All three schools will win a $1000 donation to the school parent organization.  We were thrilled with the participation in our contest, over 600 schools were reviewed!  Alongside local school data and information, parent reviews are a great way to get a sense of a school’s culture and environment and help with school decisions.  A big thank you to all of our participants!  Here are the contest results!

In 1st place with 91 reviews!
Gifford Elementary School in Racine, WI

In 2nd place with 37 reviews!
Ralph Waldo Emerson Elementary School in Fraser, MI

In 3rd place with 26 reviews!
Judith A. Resnik Community Learning Center in Akron, OH