Google beefs up mapping and real estate search

Google has beefed up its map search considerably with basic natural phrases now added. In the past a user has to select real estate, now all they need to do is use basic search terms in mapping.

Here is the official Google press release from Google.

Around half of the Googlers in our Sydney headquarters are software engineers, working on some really cool things – Google Wave, App Engine, Google Docs, and of course, Google Maps.

Recently, some of us have been working on a particularly interesting project that combines Google Maps and search technology – we’ve been trying to work out if your search query in Google Maps means you’re interested in having current real estate listings returned to you. It’s nice to get to work on some ‘search’ engineering down here!

So here’s what we’ve been cooking up – in the past, if you wanted to view real estate listings on Google Maps, your best bet was to select “Real Estate…” from the “More” menu at the top of the map.

Now, simply searching for “real estate” will return, well, real estate (try it)! You could also try “homes for sale sydney” or “homes for rent adelaide“. Or while you’re at it, check out “apartments for sale brisbane“, or “homes for rent near perth“. The idea is to make it really easy for you guys – you tell us what you want, and we get it back to you! Of course, we’ll continue to work to return the best results for all your Google Maps queries, whether you’re looking for local businesses, geographic features, or your perfect home.

We also wanted to tell you about the integration of real estate listings with Place Pages. Now clicking the “more info” link next to a listing takes you to a faster, easier-to-read page that gives you all of the information we have about a listing: photos, inspection times, videos, details, a Street View preview and nearby public transit information if available, allowing you to quickly find the listing you want and click through to the sources of the listing.

We hope you find these features improve your real estate search experience on Google Maps.

Credit Note: Thanks to Craig from for the heads up

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About Peter J Ricci

Peter Ricci is the Director of,, and and has been involved in designing and developing real estate systems and websites since 1997. In July 2001 Peter founded to help real estate agents better understand the power of the Internet and the real estate landscape in Australia and New Zealand. Since then he has penned over 300 articles on a variety of subjects in the real estate technology industry. is now the leading real estate technology site in Australasia.

3 Responses to Google beefs up mapping and real estate search

  1. David November 20, 2009 at 8:57 am #

    These upgrades were rolled out on the 10th November as part of Google’s ongoing commitment to the real estate feature within Google Maps.

    These new features will greatly increase exposure of this exciting new feature which can only be good for real estate agents and consumers.

    I would stay tuned for more enhancements as time progresses.

  2. Craig February 17, 2010 at 10:47 am #

    Looks like Google ups the ante.

  3. Nick February 17, 2010 at 12:51 pm #

    Hahahaha great videos.

    Ah I love a big company with a sense of humor.

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