Searching for homes on popular real estate search engines like Trulia.com, Realtor.com, Homes.com, and Zillow among many others is one thing, but to do so directly from Google is Awesome! The catch though is that google’s real estate search is for lack of a better word: glitchy.It is a good first attempt but after spending 15 minutes looking for homes for sale in Hillside, NJ and getting results for Newark, Irvington and Union, I know that buyers or sellers would have a better chance finding a home for sale by location a lot easier if they use any of the above mentioned leading real estate search engines.
The allure, though, to searching on google directly is seeing homes in relation to each other and of course being able to take a sneak peak of the home and the surround area with street view, assuming the town has street views saved. The other advantage is the ability to click on a marker i.e. a house for sale and look for something specific nearby like pizzerias, other stores, parks, day cares, etc. Here’s an example:
It is important to note that Google Maps is being feed information about houses for sale from the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) among other websites or systems that syndicate listing details. Also, many of the leading real estate search engines enable google maps on their websites so google really doesn’t have a competitive edge, but only time and more planning will tell.
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