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Using online maps to find your new home

Real Estate Agent with Homeward Real Estate

In Tampa, we have a lot of out-of-state buyers that typically don't have aOnline Map lot of time to visit homes when they come to town.  By using online maps to find your new home you see the terrain, photos of the area, satellite images, traffic and all sorts of other information without even starting the car. 

Google Map has a great feature called street view.  With street view it's like you're driving through the neighborhood yourself.  You can take a virtual drive to see how well the other homes are kept up and the curb appeal of the home that you're interested in.  The photos for street view are taken from a special rotating camera placed on top of a car and driven through the area.

Bing's map has a couple features that I really like.  The first is the bird's eye view which is made of aerial photos taken from four angles.  The photos which make up the bird's eye view are typically taken at different times of the year which allows you to get an idea of how the home looks like during different seasons.  The other great feature with Bing is their use of labels.  You can have different services, such as hospitals, restaurants and apartments, labeled on the map.  This is a great option if you need your next home to be close to a hospital or library.

Using online maps to look at the homes suggested by a local REALTOR will save you time and gas.

Michael A. Caruso
Surterre Properties - Laguna Niguel, CA

This is a great tool but unfortunately I've found that sometimes it doesn't pull up the exact house and if you can't read the address on the home you wont really be sure. Amazing what technology we have today.

Oct 17, 2009 04:22 AM
Fred Hernden, CMI
Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area - Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque area Master Inspector

I really like to use Google maps when I am looking for my clients house to do an inspection. The street level is nice too, I can get a nice view of the house and even see the surrounding terrain which helps me to determine water run-off. I like to do as much research on the property I am inspecting before I arrive to do the physical inspection.

Jul 22, 2010 03:40 AM