31 October 2009

More, more, more real estate in Google Maps


Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 2:33 PM

Since we announced the ability to see lots of real estate listings directly on Google Maps back in July, we’ve been working hard to make it even easier to use.  As we’ve added new features and updated Google Maps, with things like brand new high-resolution Street View imagery or detailed map data, Google Maps has become an even more useful tool for online real estate searching. Here are a couple of things you can look out for next time you visit.

First of all, we’ve made it easier to find real estate listings. Now, you can simply select “Real Estate” from the ‘More’ button on the top right of any Google Map to discover listings.  From there, it’s a simple matter to refine your search using the left hand panel – price, bedrooms, bathrooms, and so on.  Of course, you can still pan the map to search for the perfect neighborhood and it’ll automatically update with more listings.

We’ve also added the ability to search for rental listings in the US.  You can now find places for rent in New York or one bedrooms in San Francisco for rent simply by turning on the Real Estate layer via the ‘More’ button and selecting some refinements.

You’ll also notice that Google Maps is now showing even more information about an area as you pan around and zoom in.  There are small icons on the map showing the names and location of businesses and prominent features of the neighborhood.  This means that during your property search, you’ll be able to tell at a glance just exactly what shops can be found down the road from where you’re looking, all without typing!

You can now find real estate in cities and towns across the US, Australia, New Zealand and India.

Of course, these aren’t the only resources available for your new home search. You can use Street View on Google Maps to check out the neighborhood before driving to an open house; use driving directions to find out exactly how to get there; and transit information to work out what your new commute might be if you went ahead and moved house.
Also, if you’re in the real estate industry and want to provide listings to be seen in Google Maps, it’s really easy to get started.

Happy house hunting this weekend!

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