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Old 02-17-2011, 01:28 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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I just noticed yesterday that there is no longer a pull-down setting allowing you to select to add dots showing real estate on the market.

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Retiring real estate on Google Maps
Jan. 26, 2011

At Google one of our key philosophies is to take risks and to experiment. To that end, in July 2009 we announced the ability to find property for sale or rent directly on Google Maps. This is one of the “search options” next to the search box on Google Maps, and is currently available in the US, Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Japan.

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 (used by listing providers to submit listings), we’ve decided to discontinue the real estate feature within Google Maps on February 10, 2011.

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I'm kind of bummed out. I found it to be a pretty useful tool when I was looking for properties out of state, and when I was looking for what was selling in my own neighborhood as a kind of "do it yourself" comp listing.

Are there any other graphic representations of properties for sale where you can just zoom in on a map rather than filling out search criteria on some search engine?



p.s. It may amuse some to read the initial announcement "Improving real estate search on Google Maps" (July 6, 2009). This article plus the one quoted above amount to Google saying "this is a really good idea!" then "this is a failed idea." Just for any of you who like to see Google eat crow. I still think the feature was a good idea.
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Old 02-19-2011, 07:11 AM
 
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Are there any other graphic representations of properties for sale where you can just zoom in on a map rather than filling out search criteria on some search engine?
Zip realty has this in areas that they cover. So does realtor.com; so does redfin. I like zip's best because you can add your own "My Places" to the map.
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