Save time this weekend! Use VAR’s Route Optimizer to find the quickest route between multiple properties

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
  • 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!

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12 Responses to Save time this weekend! Use VAR’s Route Optimizer to find the quickest route between multiple properties

  1. How convenient is this! This will save a lot of time. I’d been kind of half way doing this already with google maps but had to kind of guess on the quickest route part. This is great! Thanks!

  2. Scott Rogers says:

    This is fantastic! For quite a while I used an installed version of Microsoft Streets & Trips, as I could optimize the order of property showings (whereas google maps, etc., didn’t offer the functionality). Thanks for getting this set up — any chance we can get a redirect, or something of the sorts, similar to the many others that now exist? (facebook, linkedin, homesales, 10things, etc). In fact — is there a comprehensive list of those shortcuts somewhere??

  3. Cindy Jones says:

    I’ll give it a try and see how it works. Anything that we can do to make our day more efficient is helpful.

  4. Mary Dykstra says:

    This appears to be a cool tool- Roanoke is a tough market for most mapping products- but when I am headed out to the hinterlands, I will give it a try!

  5. This is the best thing I have ever seen and with gas so high I find myself doing this more than I use to and I would just drive here and there. Great option to give to client a print out to follow and meet at each property.

  6. This can be a great time and gas saver and sure to be used. Thanks for the update!

  7. This is an amazing tool. I’ve tried to do mapquest and reorder my route while guessing, but it’s much quicker to have a tool like this.

  8. A great tool and I like the way to follow a route and be more efficient with the trip and gas as well.

  9. Please provide feedback on the tool by emailing Would love to know what’s working for you & what’s not working for you. We can make changes quickly, just give us your wish list! – DROdio

  10. This is a fantastic tool for our members. Perhaps the second most significant service for VAR’s members. I can’t wait to share the news with our members. Let us know when it comes out of Beta.

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