Google strives to be the most relevant and useful search tool in the world. That goal leads to many innovative and new ideas on how data and information can be used by consumers on the Internet. One great example of this can be found in the Google maps section of the search giants website.
When you go to Google maps, you can actually use the site to help you find property to buy. Forget a good book or a cheap appliance, you could just find your next home on Google. And finding the home is the first step to signing the all important real estate forms that make you a homeowner when you close on your mortgage.
Finding real estate on Google is a simple, straightforward process. Go to Google maps and if you don’t already have your zip code saved, type it into the search bar. You can also type in a zip code for any other area where you would like to find real estate.
When the map has loaded, there will be a “More” button at the top of it. Hovering your mouse over this more button will drop down a list of options for you to chose from, one of which is real estate. Put a check mark in the real estate box and the map will reload with homes listed for sale marked on the map and a list of the homes on the left hand side with links to their listings.
At the top of the left hand column you can adjust the settings to find just the kind of home you are looking for. You can set a minimum and maximum price for the home you want to find. You can also set whether you want to see regular for sale listings or foreclosures.
More settings allow you to further refine your search by selecting the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you are interested in as well as setting a minimum and maximum square footage for the floor space of the home.
The listings for the homes have the price, a brief description of the offer and the address of the property. Clicking on the links takes you to a listing page on Google where you can get more information about the home, if it is available.
The listing pages also feature a close in map of the neighborhood, a link to the Real Estate Company or agent who placed the listing and a Google Maps street view of the address if that is available.
If you’re in the market to buy a new home, give Google a shot and see if you can’t get a good idea of a home you like before you even have to talk to a real estate agent.