Japanese property site Lifull Home’s (at Homes.co.jp) has upgraded its search engine to help buyers assess hazards and find information about vacant properties posted on its recently-launched online databank.

Lifull Co. Ltd launched its vacant house bank, known as AkiyaBank,  in October. The databank collects information on empty houses and vacant spaces managed by local governments throughout the country. It promotes properties troubled by inheritance issues or a lack of information. It currently features around 2,000 special properties.

A screenshot of  the hazards map

A screenshot of  Lifull Home’s’ hazards map

The databank plots the location of vacant properties on a map, allowing potential buyers to assess the schools, stations, supermarkets and other amenities in the surrounding area. This map will now also include information about natural disasters, according to a news statement. Homes.co.jp has already integrated its amenities map with its listings.

The company’s keen interest in special properties sets it apart from online real estate portals like Suumo.jp, AtHome.co.jp, Realestate.yahoo.co.jp, and others. Lifull also owns general classifieds aggregator Trovit.

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