This post was originally written by Jim Davoren, Senior Analyst, Data Products at Apartments.com
In the spirit of March Madness and, of course, all things data, I thought it would be nifty to craft a visualization of actual Apartments.com data in tournament bracket style. With the help of our very talented Senior Graphic Designer, Laurie Genzlinger, we put together a data driven visualization that illustrates the top 16 user searched amenities on Apartments.com.
To make this happen, we seeded each amenity, one through four, based on total searches and broke them into four conferences. We then took this search data and let it solely dictate the outcome of the matchup, advancing the amenity with the higher relative search volume. In short, our final four top searched amenities consisted of: Washer/Dryer in Unit, Parking, Dishwasher and Air Conditioning. After a grueling round of matchups, Washer/Dryer in Unit and Air Conditioning moved to the finals, with Washer/Dryer taking the title.
I like this visualization because it illustrates the importance of each of these amenities, relative to another, in the eyes of the renter. For example, hardwood floors may be important to renters, but next to high speed internet it falls short. Taking that a step further, the same included high speed internet is a really nice feature, but relative to parking, parking takes the cake.
This was fun to put together and hopefully serves a useful visualization of some of the user search behavior we track at Apartments.com. As a property manager, which amenities do you find to be the highest in demand?