Estate Agent Google Maps - 6 ways property searchers can use Google Maps
10 May, 2010 | Web design
Estate Agents have had their eyes glued to Google Maps since its Australian expansion, and now many are holding their breath till the UK version hosts properties.
Till that moment in time the Estate Agent website team at Resource Techniques has compiled a list of features that are massively underused but still helpful in everyday life.
1. Star choice - This is the same as Google’s SERP (Search Engine Results Page) where users can ‘star’ any result so that they do not have to remember it in the future. Particularly useful if property searchers want to flag any properties that they find on Google Maps.
2. Location aware - Many people miss the little button above the yellow Street view drag and drop man. It allows your computer to share its location with Google so that your results are more relevant to you. Alas, it only works on Firefox and Chrome for the time being.
3. A B C easy as 1 2 3 - Instead of just creating an A-to-B route, users can create multiple locations in which they want to visit, so without using a Sat-Nav, Estate Agents can plan all their appointments for the day.
4. Report a bad location - Users that are signed into their Google account can report any errors that occur which will hopefully continue to increase the accuracy of the listings.
5. Town Album - This is perfect for anyone wanting to move to a new area. Local photos will give them the impression of the area and any interesting points of reference.
6. Search Nearby - Property searchers have all varying interests, from apple –bobbing to xylophone playing. This option allows them to indulge in their hobbies and see what is available in the local area.
Troy Stanley, CTO of Resource Techniques comments, ‘Estate Agents that have enhanced Google Maps embedded into their website showing local places of interests as well as properties for sale will be heads and shoulders above many other Estate Agent websites.'