Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

Google Real Estate beta

Category: Google, Mapping

update: Danny Sullivan, of the Search Engine Watch, commented over at the Internet Stock Blog that this is really just Google Base integrated with Maps to produce a vertical search across real estate. He also blogged about this in more detail, and also gave this link which goes right to the real estate search in Google Base.

Shimon Sandler discovered that Google was testing a new real estate service when entering certain related search queries. An additional option allowed searching for house with parameters like location, price, bedrooms, bathrooms, etc. From there you can show the results via Google Maps with the listings on the left, with photos of the property if available. Since Shimon posted, it appears the beta is not available anymore, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Google is testing this on a few select data servers.

Zillow and Real Estate ABC might have something to be worried about, as well as some more traditional competitors in this space.

I know far too well how frustrating shopping for a house online can be. Services like realtor.com always lag behind the market, and you’ll find different pictures and info from the realtor sites, not to mention FSBO sites. Any competition in this space is very welcome, so that hopefully one day I can go to one site and see everything for sale and recently sold in the area, including all realtors and FSBO homes.

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Posted by Rob Sanheim at 9:45 am
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the true breakthrough in online real estate is still yet to come. not just better site functionality, but an alternative to the entirely contrived and utterly redundant imposition of the MLS and the “home purchase tax” it represents. now you can chime in and tell me “hey! realtors add value!”…fine, i am not telling them to go out of business, i am just requesting a free and open alternative. there is a huge opportunity for someone big enough, someone who can make a market literally overnight, to dramatically impact what many pople rightly observe to be a deeply flawed cartel-like market.

Comment by fartikus — April 5, 2006

the true breakthrough in online real estate is still yet to come. not just better site functionality, but an alternative to the entirely contrived and utterly redundant imposition of the MLS and the “home purchase tax” it represents. now you can chime in and tell me “hey! realtors add value!”…fine, i am not telling them to go out of business, i am just requesting a free and open alternative. there is a huge opportunity for someone big enough, someone who can make a market literally overnight, to dramatically impact what many pople rightly observe to be a deeply flawed cartel-like scenario.

Comment by fartikus2 — April 5, 2006

this is part of google base (http://www.google.com/base/). you get a similar
interface when searching for cars. and you can post your own items. – jnu

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通用搜索引擎的垂直化倾向

同样,baidu 也在加紧垂直产品的研发。这是我spider整理的一个baidu子域名列表,很多人大概第一次知道百度竟然有这么多的服务。如果你像我一样是baidu fans ,那么也一定会注意到baidu 最近的丅

Trackback by 田春峰 — May 26, 2006

Anyway to integrate google map with my property listings ?

Thanks

Comment by Mabelle Sese — June 5, 2006

If anyone’s in the New York area, interested in Rentals or “For Sale” condos, houses, do check out http://www.urbanregistry.com. We certainly have a long way to go; the beta went live just last month. You’ll see several thousand listings of which some may have expired but please be patient while we iron out these issues. Hope you meet with success through the site. Thanks, Ajaxian.

Comment by Kalpa — June 22, 2006

I would like to know if it is possible to integrate Google Map with my real estate website…
“Danny Sullivan, of the Search Engine Watch, commented over at the Internet Stock Blog that this is really just Google Base integrated with Maps to produce a vertical search across real estate.”

Thanks
Tracy

Comment by Tracy - Real Estate Agent — August 2, 2006

Is it possible this only works in the US? In Canada, I don’t get the header you get on the screenshot .

Comment by tax foreclosures — November 7, 2006

Really useful to make some very irritating clients understand the concept behind keeping their websites with less images, most of the clients gets happy to see their competitor websites in flash but don’t understand its negative impact on search engine and when as company we try to convince they feel that we are unable to do the work in flash hence making excuses, ultimately such people has be left till the time they their self realize the point.
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Comment by Smith — January 11, 2007

Please visit our web site http://post-science.com on “The Computer Newpaper” which is a natural monopoly and, therefore, can have only one winner. [CYL]

Comment by Chien Yi Lee — February 15, 2007

Can you believe what a PR7, PageRank7 website sells for?

Comment by PR7 Website for Sale — February 22, 2007

I cannot completely commit to Camp 1 as I do think there are times, and situations, where users have to take responsibility for their own choices. For example, if someone choses to remain on dialup when higher speed connections are available, and within their reach, I do not think I should be obliged to design with their free choice in mind. If they choose to stay with an older browser rather than upgrade, why should I have to take that into account? To do so would constrain design and possibly compromise the experience of others for no good reason. http://www.vigrx.com/?a=getlook

Comment by Pamela Anderson — May 19, 2007

Yes , indeed far too many sites use lots of parameters which put off clients who may not be sure what there looking for. This is the same principle we use at http://www.soho-properties.com

Comment by chris — June 19, 2007

It’s difficult to find a real estate website that keeps their website regularly updated. The best websites are those that provide a time limit for the properties, so they automatically get removed from the website unless someone is prompt to continue the advert.

Comment by Tim — August 6, 2007

It would be good if Google Earth gave clearer images of non-city areas. Google Earth is a great tool for real estate, but as soon as you get outside of the city the image is too blurred.

Comment by Matt — August 6, 2007

Indeed google earth needs clearer images of non city areas !

Comment by Herbal Supplements — August 10, 2007

As a believer in ‘user friendly’ websites, it does seem that there is a lack of good websites which get straight to the point and give user’s exactly what they need within 2-3 clicks. http://www.relianceps.com has been developed with the concept of ‘user friendly’.

Comment by Sam C. — August 15, 2007

Danny Sullivan owns J00!

Comment by Seth Rogen — November 19, 2007

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