Google Goes Real Estate Search
To the untrained eye it might look as if our lovely city by the bay has the Chickenpox. Alas! ‘Tis not the case. It’s just Google getting into the game of real estate, and leave it up to them to do it right (maps.google.com/realestate).
[Note: These below maps are embedded on this site and you can play around all you want right here…how cool is that!?]
Not a fan of the Satellite image search, and need to know your streets? Go for the basic street map:
Wondering if your future home is on a hill and whether you can sell your Thigh Master? Zoom in and go Terrain:
[Note: You can even go Street View]
Wondering if you’re future home is close to public transportation and how the traffic in the area is? They have that too.
In fact, you can get photos, webcams, wikipedia and all sorts of information about the area you want to put down roots all by clicking around the maps.
Proximity to good coffee? It’s probably on there too.
It makes searching for a home by area so unbelievably simple (not as simple and effective as actually getting in the car or walking your future ‘hood…assuming you’re not relocating cross continent), but simple nonetheless. Contacting those with the listings and not getting shuffled to some third party site that is essentially rebroadcasting MLS data on their site (which Google is then able to “crawl” and display…we’re guessing) is a bit tricky. The information certainly has a time delay as to what is displayed, when you click on properties there is enough error that we’ve discovered to make us not entirely certain about the price or details of a property and whether it is, in fact, still available, and price reductions aren’t showing up all too real time either, but the data is there, and it’s cool. Really cool. It just needs to find its wings, and we have no doubt it will.
Check it out, if you haven’t done so already.