Property hunting in the UK? There’s a Google Map for that.

Property hunting in the UK?  There’s a Google Map for that.

Oh, Google, you do constantly surprise us. Once again, the world’s favorite search has branched in a new direction – property listings on Google Maps in the UK.

You can narrow down your searches quite a bit, as well.  Not only can you look at houses for sale, you can also find places for rent, number of bedrooms, bathrooms and even by price.  According to the Google Lat Long Blog:

The map will update to show the properties matching those criteria – and also dynamically update as you scroll and zoom around the map until you’ve found your dream spot.

Of course, you’ll have the same layers that you’ve always had, with photos, videos, satellite and earth views.  Quite handy when you’re checking out your potential new neighborhood.

So what  brought about the change?  Apparently you did.  Nearly 1/5th of people surveyed just prior to the launch of Google Street View across the UK said that they had used the service to go house searching.

Where does Google get its information?  Apparently thousands of listings from sources such as PropertyLive, Zoopla, Ezylet, SmartNewHomes, Vebra, Property Pal, Spicer Haart, Countrywide, and Zoomf.

We suppose that, when you have the world’s largest search index, there are thousands of new and interesting way to use your information.

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