best route driving directions realtorsUpdated: IdealRoute is out of beta, free for anyone to use!

Got listings to show this weekend? Want to show them in the most time-efficient and fuel-efficient way possible? With gas above $3 a gallon and a personal life to tend to, we know you do!

Check out this new mapping service from VAR. We think Virginia REALTORS® are going to love this!

VAR’s new free service computes the most efficient route between three or more properties. Here’s how it works:

  • Go to www.IdealRoute.com
  • Type or paste addresses into the text box below the map one by one, clicking “Add!” after each
  • Click on “Calculate Fastest Roundtrip”

The service automatically computes the optimal route between the properties and gives you complementary turn-by-turn directions to all locations using Google Maps.

There’s a short video tutorial near the bottom of the page that you can watch for more detailed instructions.

A few MLS systems in Virginia already offer a similar service integrated into the MLS, but the majority in Virginia do not. This free service will enable REALTORS® from all around the Commonwealth conserve gas and save time. Just as important to your clients, you’ll never have to return to a neighborhood you were just in because you didn’t realize another listing was just around the corner.

This service is in out of public beta, so but please report any bugs you find. We’d also love to hear your suggestions on what name we should give to this service. And even if you’re not fortunate enough to live in Virginia, this service will work in other states!