Why Google, Why?

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker United, Realtors

google real estateIt was announced via Inman News, that the widely popular search giant Google will no longer allow real estate listings to be uploaded to its classified listings section on Google Maps.

Real estate professionals will no longer be able to upload their listings to Google Base, the company's classifieds site. Google Base is being replaced by Google Shopping APIs and that site will not support real estate listings.

Consumers will no longer be able to find for sale, foreclosure or rental properties through the search function on Google Maps as they have done before. This change took effect on February 10, 2011. You may explore neighborhoods through Google Street View or use google to search for real estate professionals that allow you to search for properties.

I'm unsure of why Google has made this change but I'd love to hear others feedback on it.

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Comments (5)

Jeff Goodrick
Sea Coast Exclusive Properties - Carlsbad, CA
Coastal Home Specialist 760.822.1020

I think it's becuase Google is getting ready for a new real estate platform that will charge us $$$$$.  They are missing out on a good income stream.

Feb 13, 2011 02:09 PM
Angela Kraushaar
Coldwell Banker United, Realtors - Katy, TX

Had not thought of that but its a really good point!

Feb 13, 2011 02:12 PM
Nor Yeretsian
Envoy Capitol Realty Inc. - Toronto, ON
Envoy Capitol Realty Inc., Brokerage Toronto

Surprised as well. Thought we were going towards more open platforms,clouds, etc ...

Feb 13, 2011 02:21 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Google cites "Low Usage", "Inability to Search by Bedrooms, Bathrooms, Square Footage, etc."

Google failed in Social Media, and Google has obviously failed against Move, Inc. and Zillow and Trulia and other Real Estate Sites.

But Google will be back; just give them time.

Feb 13, 2011 05:14 PM
Angela Kraushaar
Coldwell Banker United, Realtors - Katy, TX

Fred:  Where did you see that google sited Low Usage and the other items - I would love to take a look at that. 

I agree that google has left some to be desired against competitors but at the same time that is why google was great - b/c they were not capitalizing on us such as zillow and move etc.....

It seemed they had a fair and open way of dealing with listings and I for one don't think all platforms need to capitalize on this - they simply need to make it easy on the consumer and leave some up to free organic seo or free mls feed systems instead of a platform that capitalizes on listings.

Feb 14, 2011 07:02 AM