Google Maps Takes Another Crack At Real Estate

Makes option more visible, includes rental listings

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There’s about a month left before the $8,000 first-time homebuyer tax credit becomes a thing of the past, and – perhaps like many individuals – Google’s not going to let this opportunity slip away.  The search giant’s upgraded Google Maps’s real estate options in several different ways.

Did you forget that Google Maps can be used to research real estate?  Well, that’s one problem that’s been addressed.  A post on the LatLong Blog announced, "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."

Then Google threw a bone to people who haven’t quite saved up a down payment, as the post continued, "We’ve also added the ability to search for rental listings in the US."

Finally, so that either buyers or renters can figure out whether they’d be moving in next to a charming old movie theater or a hospital with a helipad, icons show "the names and location of businesses and prominent features of the neighborhood."

This represents a nice round of upgrades that should mesh well with the mortgage comparison ads Google recently introduced.

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  • David

    Googles real estate search is a good idea poorly delivered. Its content is too dependent upon unreliable sources… yes yes, i understand that much of the web can be classified as an unreliable sources, but with so many better and more reliable sources for real estate search, google really brings up the rear in the search for homes for sale. The info is outdated and very limited. It contains tons of old listings and I would guess maybe half of the actual listings. Google should bully the local Multiple Listing Services, hell Google should create the National MLS…perhaps they are the only ones who could pull it off. Hey google, like that idea?

  • Adsense Publisher

    Google makes it’s money on the efforts of others.
    Often they use information that is outdated and incorrect.

    They also hold back payments illegally to support the future of Google.
    I’m not talking about click fraud, I’m talking about no fraud, just glitches in their payment system.
    So while you starve, they make a profit.
    I’m personally owed $9k.

    Any lawyers want to make a name for themselves in the newspapers around the world?
    I’m ready to start the fight on behalf of us publishers who they are ripping off!

    Again, not the click fraud cases, just the “It’s my money and I want it now!” publishers.

    This is a clear breach of the publisher contract we all have with Google!

    • http://lazarevac.biz Lazarevac

      Hi, we recently put AdSense to our web page just as a matter of curiosity. We do not think of it as an income (yet), but feel bad about your complaint, since we expect to collect our balance from Google according to the contract. OTOH there are so many nice features from Google for free, that we may consider waiting just a bit longer b4 the actual payment arrives from Google. But yes, you should file them for your $9k

      • Adsense Publisher

        Getting ready to do so.

        We get thousands of dollars in payments every month and have done so for at least the past 4 years. No problems ever that I know of, until now. That doesn’t excuse the fact that Google considers the publishers to be independent contractors, which now makes them liable for damages, and court costs, even if their contract says they are not. Don’t let those clauses fool you which are invalid in your state (that is if you’re a USA publish). I’ll guarantee you when this is over, Google will issue a revision to their contracts we all have with them.

  • http://www.netmagellan.com Ash Nallawalla

    To the first commenter – use Bing and Yahoo search so that they continue to get traffic and remain viable. The average user who has no interest in AdWords or AdSense will use what they consider is good, which seems to be Google, but I am occasionally running into people who have switched to Bing.

  • Guest

    Some of the real estate listings returned on Google maps are questionable (ie: the sources?) I prefer to go to sites that specialize in vertical markets. For example, if I am searching for rental listings in Canada, I use the Rent Board of Canada (www.RentBoard.ca). The site has very accurate apartment and house rental listings that they show on Google maps. Even Google can’t match the speciality sites — instead, they should have a short list of such sites that THEY draw their information from.

  • independent computer consultant is a retard

    “Will Google integrate this with iphone?” …don’t you think they’d have it on android first?

  • cbenyovski

    Love Google – this is great. Hopefully Canadian agents will start placing their listings on Google so we don’t have to be so reliant on MLS. There’s another good story on how online real estate listings are changing at http://blog.buzzbuzzhome.com/2009/11/real-estate-machine-is-us.html

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