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.

Post By Audeliz Angie Perez (160 Posts)

Angie Perez is a NJ Circle of Excellence award winning real estate agent for Weichert, Realtors in Edison. She sells anywhere from 12-25 houses per year on a consistent basis since 2005. Ms. Perez is primarily a buyer's agent on 60% of her real estate sales where she represents rental income investors, first time home buyers & trade up home buyers of 1-4 family homes within specific towns encompassing 4 NJ counties: Union, Essex, Middlesex and Somerset County. Many of Ms. Perez's clients appreciate her ability to negotiate favorable real estate deals for them. Many of her clients commented that her research abilities, her honesty, her knowledge of local market trends and her proficiency to manage multiple real estate transactions from start to close are some of the reasons why she was hired as their agent of choice. Please call, text or email Angie Perez to ask if she lists or sell in your town. If she can not help you, Ms. Perez would be more than happy to help or refer you to someone who can.

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