Here at Onboard, we have data on every property in the country and their surrounding communities.  We deliver that data to our clients in a variety of ways.  One of the most popular ways is through an API.  So what exactly is our Community API?

API stands for Application Programming Interface.    Basically, it’s a way for developers to receive information.  More specifically, an API receives requests and sends responses from a remote server.   Our Community API has data on the following:

  • Population:  Total Population, Seasonal Population, Population Change and Projections, Age Breakdown, Age
  • Ancestry: Ethnic origin and heritage
  • Ethnicity:  Race, Hispanic/Non-Hispanic, including history and projections
  • Languages: Primary language spoken in households, including change over time
  • Education:  Level of education achieved, Educational Climate Index
  • Housing:  Owned/Rented/Vacant, Median Dwelling Age, Median Home Sale Price
  • Households:  Total #, Family/Non-Family, Average Size, Median/Average Income and Breakdown
  • Income:  Median by Age Group, Disposable Income, Per Capita Income, and Household Income
  • Employment:  Blue Collar vs. White Collar, Employee Count by Role & Industry
  • Transportation: Commute to Work by Type, Average Travel Time to Work
  • Crime:  Total Risk and Risk Breakdown by Crime Type
  • Temperature:  Average High and Low, Weather Risk Indexes
  • Miscellaneous:  Closest sports teams and universities, Gross Rent Estimates, and more…

Let’s say you want to develop community pages for your real estate website.  You want to include basic information on every community in your region, things like demographic information, climate and weather, and recent home sales.  This might be good information for a visitor to have to better understand a given community and decide if they want to move there.  Here’s an example of a community page from our clients Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices.

Berkshire with frame

This type of page can be created through our Community API.   A developer would send a request for this data and receive the response in JSON that exposes the data.  This particular API delivery looks like this:

CURL:

CURL - Community API

REQUEST API:

Request URL - Community API

RESPONSE BODY:

Response Body - Community API

One of the nice things about pulling from an API is you can access a variety of data with a single request.  The Community API for example pulls from the following sources:

The U.S. Census and other government agencies. USGS, EPA, FBI and local crime agencies. American Community Survey, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, CDC, Department of Defense, Federal Aviation Administration,Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council, Federal Housing Finance, IRS, NCES, National Center for Health Statistics, National Parks Service, Social Security, USPS, Mediamark Consumer Survey, Applied Geographic Solutions, School Digger, Niche, CoreLogic.

You can have access to a large amount of community information without having to pull from over 20 different sources.


A Faster Way to Develop through APIs

If you are looking for a faster way to develop against this data, you can use a Community API that delivers responses in a whole web page or HTML (essentially presentational code).  So rather than just getting the data, you’ll receive the data display which you can plug into your web page, blog, or site.

We call this type of API “Accelerate” because it speeds up your development process.  Here is an example of the Community API from Accelerate:

Accelerate Community Page

The API process is the same, in that our developer platform will receive your request and send a response, however this response will be in HTML where it can easily be displayed on your site or application without further development or design work.   Both options are great depending on the type of project.   When developing against the Community API, you can either easily extract the data and use it however you want, or receive the HTML code that plugs into your site.

Regardless, the community data is important in the journey of any home-buyer or home-seller.  Having easy access to this type of information will not only help your online visitors, it will build your credibility, generate more high quality leads, and ultimately drive new business.  If you’re interested in finding more about our APIs, fill out the form below.



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Onboard Product Manager with 7+ years of product engineering and managing experience. Our resident Data Wizard.

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