Google is becoming a part of our lives more and more. Google Docs and Calendar has made spending hundreds of dollars on Microsoft Office appalling and Google Maps makes it easier to get place. I find myself checking directions to place I’ve been going to for years and the Google directions are usually quicker.
Google makes finding things easy and now they’re focused on making real estate searches easy with http://maps.google.com/help/maps/realestate/ which is a map based search. Many of the major real estate portals make use Google maps anyway, so it’s natural that they make a few tweaks to make real estate searches easier. Many of the major brokers have been feeding listings into the Google database for years including Coldwell Banker and now they’re using it for their portal.
Once you find a listing, you can check out the Google Street View which is basically a virtual tour of just about any street out there, find local restaurants, businesses, and schools, as well as get directions all in one place. They’ve even provided a filter for foreclosures.
They seem be getting into everything and time will tell if they take over real estate searches on the internet.