Google adds real estate listings to Maps

Google Maps users can now filter results to show real estate listings as well as filter the display by price range and other factors.

Google Maps now shows real estate listings.
Google Maps now shows real estate listings. Google

Zillow, watch out.

Google Maps now can show real estate listings, presenting pushpins that show houses for sale.

To show real estate results, click "Show search options," then select "Real Estate" from the drop-down list. The Web site then shows a list of properties for sale on the left tied to pushpins on the map on the right.

Search results can be refined by specifying price range or number of bedrooms and bathrooms. In addition, there's a text mode that will be more familiar to the classified ad crowd. (Huh? Text mode for a mapping site? There's still a small map visible.)

I can't help but be reminded of one of the first really interesting uses I encountered of Google Maps, a mashup by that showed Craigslist real-estate listings overlaid on Google Maps . At the time, back in 2005, Google hadn't released its maps programming interface, but times have changed. Not only is the API public, but the programmer behind the service, Paul Rademacher left DreamWorks Animation and joined Google .

(Via Google Maps Mania)

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