DETROIT, April 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Picket Report (www.picketreport.com), a new online research tool that helps homebuyers pinpoint their perfect neighborhood, today announced the launch of its Detroit-based web business. Picket Report provides a free and easy to use map-based website that saves homebuyers time and energy by aggregating difficult to find community information and offering in-depth analysis of resident lifestyles, schools, nearby places and crime/safety.
"People looking for their dream home can now make sure it's also in their dream neighborhood even before driving through," said Bryan Kunka, Co- Founder and CEO of Picket Report. "We're right at the beginning of home buying season, so house hunters looking to buy their first home or relocate to a new area can use Picket Report to make sure they are choosing the best neighborhood for themselves and their family."
Homebuyers can find general lifestyle details on their future neighbors from education, interests, favorite restaurants or type of car they drive. Picket Report provides users the most up-to-date and accurate information by combing data and statistics from over 300 unique sources, each focused on a specific area of interest.
"Picket Report digs deep to provide answers to the most important questions homeowners ask their realtors; is the school system good? Are the streets safe? Is it a happening place to live?" said Brian Bandemer, Picket Report Co-Founder and COO. "Whatever your concern, we provide the answers needed to help alleviate the stress of buying a home."
In addition to their interactive map based website, Picket Report licenses their lifestyle data and offers a widget that can be used on any real estate-based website. The widget allows real estate agents to host the neighborhood research tool directly next to a listing, which gives homebuyers lifestyle information on the location of a house, beyond a photo.
Picket Report was founded through a collaborative effort by co-founders Bryan Kunka, Brian Bandemer, and Patrick Misch while attending Bizdom, the Detroit-based entrepreneurial accelerator founded by Dan Gilbert, Founder and Chairman of Quicken Loans. Non-profit Bizdom is a three-month program giving entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn from professionals with real-world experience, and providing the tools and funding necessary to implement ideas and create startup businesses. A percentage of all Picket Report's proceeds go towards supporting other Detroit-based businesses developed at Bizdom.
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About Picket Report:
PicketReport.com is an online neighborhood research tool that helps people who are moving or relocating identify where to live with useful information about potential neighborhoods in an easy to use, visually-appealing map-based format. PicketReport.com includes information on lifestyle, schools, crime and interesting places nearby. For more information, visit www.picketreport.com.
Bizdom is a three month full-time entrepreneurship accelerator located in Detroit, Michigan and Cleveland, Ohio. Launched by Quicken Loans Inc. Founder and Chairman and Cleveland Cavaliers Majority Owner Dan Gilbert in January 2007, the goal of the program is to create an entrepreneurial hub of tech-based start-ups in the cities of Detroit and Cleveland. Bizdom provides entrepreneurs with intense mentorship and guidance from top business, sales, marketing and technology experts, many of which come from Quicken Loans' extensive network and family of companies. Upon acceptance into the program, Bizdom invests up to $25,000, which provides entrepreneurs with the funding they need to build their product or service to a scale that merits further investment. At the end of the three months, entrepreneurs have an opportunity to pitch to investors for the necessary funding to take their business to the next level. Entrepreneurs also are provided with a collaborative, workspace while in the program. Bizdom, a non-profit, maintains a minority share of ownership in each business, using its share of the proceeds to fund future technology based start-ups in these cities. For more information, visit www.Bizdom.com.