News Flash: Google drops real estate listings

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News Flash:Google drops real estate listings

Search giant cites low use, proliferation of search sites

By Inman News, Wednesday, January 26, 2011.

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Search giant Google will no longer support real estate listings uploaded to its classifed listings site on Google Maps, the company announced today.

Consumers will no longer be able to find for-sale, foreclosure, or rental properties through the search function on Google Maps, and real estate professionals will no longer be able to upload their listings to Google Base, the company's classifieds site, which is being replaced by Google Shopping APIs and will not support real estate listings.

"In part due to low usage, the proliferation of excellent property-search tools on real estate websites, and the infrastructure challenge posed by the impending retirement of the Google Base API, we've decided to discontinue the real estate feature within Google Maps on February 10, 2011," the company said in a blog post.

Home seekers can still use "Google search results to find helpful real estate information and websites" as well as view local businesses, directions and transit times through Google Maps and explore neighborhoods through Google Street View, the company added.

"This does not come as a surprise to me. Even with Google's huge audience, it shows having listing data is clearly not enough to deliver a good real estate search experience and build audience," said Pete Flint, CEO and co-founder of property search site Trulia.

The company added that Google's removal of listings data will not affect its mobile application, which uses the Google Maps API.


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Marti De Pury
Bay Vista Realty & Investments, Inc. - Land O Lakes, FL

Very glad, it is bad enought that they own everything already.  I already have too many places for clients to go find houses that were sold two months ago.


Marti De Pury

Jan 28, 2011 01:35 AM #1
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Thanks for the post as this is good info for all of us to know..

Jan 28, 2011 01:35 AM #2
Nor Yeretsian
Envoy Capitol Realty Inc. - Toronto, ON
Envoy Capitol Realty Inc., Brokerage Toronto

Thanks for the news Kevin.



Nor Yeretsian

Jan 28, 2011 01:36 AM #3
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Good to know information. Thanks for the update

Jan 28, 2011 01:40 AM #4
David Companik
Keller Williams Realty - The Woodlands - The Woodlands, TX
Realtor ▪ The WoodlandsTX ▪

Thanks for the heads-up, Kevin. Google real estate listings were never a source of leads in my business, but I had a service that fed listings to Google anyway (at no additional cost). One less website to worry about!

Jan 28, 2011 03:12 AM #5
Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
Broker,GRI,ABR, - Your Coastal Bend Home Source

I agree with David, it wont affect my business at all.

Jan 28, 2011 01:05 PM #6
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