Mapping (also known as Geocoding) your listing is a crucial step as you input your listing and is also required to save your listing as an active listing.
By manually mapping your properties, you tell the mapping solution inside Paragon the exact coordinates of your listing.
Three reasons why it is important to have your listing mapped correctly:
- First, when your fellow agents are using Paragon’s Map Search to look for listings for their buyers, if your listing is not mapped, it will not be part of their search results. Even if all the other criteria match your listing closely.
- Second, if your listing is found in any other type of search by other agents and they want to send it to their buyer with it showing on a map or with driving directions to your listing, it will not appear because your listing will say “No Map Available”.
- Third, is due to the third-party sites, including REALTOR.ca, that need accurate coordinates of your listing for it to be located on a map and subsequently found by people searching for it using those specific sites map search tools.
And with mapping tools becoming more popular, it only accentuates the importance of making sure your listings are mapped. The following will show you how to manually map a listing while you are entering a listing.
Step 1. In the Address/Map container, click on Validate Map.
Step 2. The Change Geocode pop-up window will open as shown below, displaying the map and where the Paragon mapping solution has plotted your listing. Note, even if your listing is mapped correctly you must move the map pin to save the listing.
Step 3. Using the zoom tool on the bottom right of the pop-up window, zoom in and out to find the best location to place the pin.
Step 4. Either drag and drop the pin on the map or click the pushpin and click on the map where the pin should be plotted.
Step 5. Make sure the Geocode Quality shows as 1 in the bottom right corner of the pop-up window. If it doesn’t show as Geocode quality of 1, you need to move the pushpin over a bit to trigger the manual placement. Click Save in the top right corner of the window.
IMPORTANT! If you try to save your listing without moving the map pin, when you click Save Listing it will keep opening the Change Geocode pop-up window until you do move it.
- You can also set the zoom level for others to see your listing. Rule of Thumb would be to zoom in closer if there are plenty of known crossroads viewable. If your listing is in the city, that could be the case. If it is more in the country, zoom out more to view main roads or county highways.
- If the Paragon mapping solution was unable to map your listing, the map will open to the postal code. To quickly move the map closer to your listing, enter the address or nearest town in the Address Search and press Enter. Once it is closer to your property, click the pushpin and click on the map where the pin should be plotted. Click Save.
- If you want to make sure the map pin is exactly on your listing, change the view from Road to Hybrid on the top left of the pop-up window. This will change the view to a combination of the Aerial and Road views.
- If your listing is a condo, use the hybrid view to place the pin closer to the listing's unit. This may separate it from the cluster of other current listings in the same condo.
- NOTE: When you use Hybrid view to pin your property, it helps to ensure you are viewing the correct property. We recommended that you pin the property near the front because when the other agents or clients view the property in road view (Google Peg Man), they will potentially see the house from the wrong road or even in the back alley.
- If it is in a condo complex the street view (Google Peg Man) may not display properly, so it's a good idea to always check before clicking save.
Need to update the map location on an Active Listing?
You can update your map pin without going into the listing maintenance screen.
Step 1. From the Listings menu, under Maintain, select Listings.
Step 2. Find the listing you want to map and click Select an Action.
Step 3. Click Change Geocode.
Step 4. The Change Geocode pop-up window will open and you can update the map pin.