Google Maps...New Feature for Real Estate Listings

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Missy Caulk TEAM
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Today Google announced a new feature for Real Estate.

The announcement is that you can now search for homes on Google Maps. I had heard "something" was coming. Tonight I had the opportunity to check my listings and see how they were showing up.

First you have to make sure ONE of your sites is syndicating to Google Maps. This is NOT Google Base.

When I check 5-6 of my listings the first one to show up was from my VFlyer of that listing.  Another big syndication site taking advantage of this new feature early on it ListHub.net.

According to the Google Blog:

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.

Here is a visual I did on my listing at 170 Whitlock in Saline, MI so you can see it. 

Google Real Estate Search

See the link to VFlyer.com this takes the consumer straight to my vflyer.

One the map side you will see the Google Map.


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Go though and check your listings and see how they are being syndicated. Actually I didn't check all of mine, just enough so that I could see how this would work.

I think it is a really great feature as the it gives buyers or sellers one more way to find you and the listing goes right back to you with your contact information. More questions just read the Official Google Blog.

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Tom Pulsifer

Maybe they just fornally announced this but I saw it about month and half ago for the first time. I have contacted several of the people that propagate my listings and suggest they get with the program! It .

Vicky...I believe they reference the source right on the listing on the left hand side

Nov 02, 2009 02:58 AM #156
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Scott Leaf Personal Real Estate Corporation
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Oh man is Google innovative, this could be the most significant change in Real Estate marketing in years.  No one will ever have to go to an agents web site again to search listings.  Changes are a happening!

Nov 02, 2009 04:30 AM #157
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Martin Kalisker
Synergy Metrowest, Inc. - Brookline, MA
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This is neat.  Our MLS is switching to Microsoft Bing for mapping - it is actually superior to Google.  But I fear that this little widget will keep people coming back to Googlemaps for a while.

Nov 02, 2009 04:36 AM #158
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Dennis Puckett
Adams,Cameron & Co. - Deland, FL

Is there such a word as googlerific? Just keep the freebies coming....

Nov 02, 2009 05:26 AM #159
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Marian Gregor-Ann
Keller Williams - Ann Arbor, MI
Arbor area Real Estate

Hi Missy, Way cool. I'm off to check on mine!

Nov 02, 2009 06:05 AM #160
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Marian Gregor-Ann
Keller Williams - Ann Arbor, MI
Arbor area Real Estate

OK, I just checked out some of my listings. It goes (thru the link mlsfinder.com) right to my web page! 'Tho I noticed an active listing also showed up w/ a higher price as expired (which it was last spring). Listings that I just closed last month didn't show up at all. Interesting. Another tool for the toolbox.  Tip for Marianne, #126. There are many quality companies who don't charge agents for the leads that their hard work actually generated. My firm has a byline "Your listings, your leads".

Nov 02, 2009 06:31 AM #161
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Ryan

I'm confused...  I swear that real estate option has been around for at least a year now.  Did they take it out and bring it back?

Nov 02, 2009 07:26 AM #162
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J Donald Murray
eHome Pro, LLC - Plano, TX

I love goggle maps. I will try to learn more about this new feature a try to use it to help my buyers.

Thanks

Donald

Nov 02, 2009 07:43 AM #163
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Mark Roncone
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Oswego, IL

Mine are there thanks to my broker using ListHub! Awesome!

Nov 02, 2009 07:50 AM #164
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Jean-Paul Peron
The Outer Banks Real Estate Copmpany - Corolla, NC
Carova Beach - Living & Working in 4-Wheel Drive

Hmmm....I saw one of mine through List Hub, and other agents through Homes and land which I also use. I'll have to look into this further.

Nov 02, 2009 09:06 PM #165
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Mark Snyder

One more good tool for us!

Nov 02, 2009 11:35 PM #166
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Betina Foreman
WJK Realty - Austin, TX
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Dear Missy,

Thanks for another great post. I love GoogleMaps! By the way I am at KW in Austin TX and we don't get the leads from our listings, they go to whomever is on phone duty at the time the lead comes in. So it must be determined by each office as to how leads are distributed. Good luck!

Betina

Nov 03, 2009 01:54 AM #167
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Sara Kareer
Kingsway Real Estate Brokerage - Mississauga, ON
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Missy, thanks for highlighting this...unfortunately, many of the real estate listings in my area on Google Maps are old listings that have not been updated by the agents.  This will cause frustration on the part of the Buyers. 
Maybe Google will find a way around it.  :)

Nov 03, 2009 02:08 AM #168
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Thomas Cruse
DataQuick - San Diego, CA
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This feature has actually been around since the summer. It is very interesting. Could it impact the ongoing concept of an MLS?

Nov 03, 2009 06:15 AM #169
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George Brake

Before I say anything, I have to put out there that I'm a big fan of Google and the many apps they create. And, I really like a few things about Google's real estate mapping as opposed to Bing's. Bing has a great real estate mapping function and our company site will be using it by the end of the year. But, I am surprised though by the number of positive comments. It seems to me that Google is cutting the Realtor out of the picture to a degree. Why bother going to the company website to search by map when Google can do it for you and steer the consumer right to the listing agency? 

Nov 05, 2009 01:06 AM #170
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cbenyovski

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 blog.buzzbuzzhome.com 

Nov 05, 2009 03:53 AM #171
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Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
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George, First of all Google only has the listings that are syndicated to them. Is a local IDX better and or more accurate? YES

But, this is a great feature for consumers looking for homes when they search an area or address.

The listings are going to me, NOT my company because of the syndication sites give the control to me, not my broker.

Nov 05, 2009 08:03 AM #172
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Kevin Cottrell
Austin Real Estate Today - Austin, TX

Interesting - we've been evaluating using VFlyer as a way to efficiently get listings out to specific sites - including Google Base and Maps. 

Jan 19, 2010 10:57 PM #173
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Ginger Moore
Wilkinson & Associates Realty - Gastonia, NC

I will look into this. Thank you for sharing! great way to expose listings to more people:)

Feb 21, 2010 10:00 PM #174
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Marianne Bandy
The Bandy Team - EXP Realty - Parker, CO
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Missy, thanks for sharing.  You're right, it's all about driving traffic to our websites.  This is one more channel.

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