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Google Maps and a Coming Crisis for Real Estate Techies

Google Maps and a Coming Crisis for Real Estate Techies

I have a prediction: many developers are going to get caught with their pants down when Google Maps APIs become significantly more expensive come June (see this article and here). It’s blatantly obvious Google Maps is the best product. However, at some point, price will be prohibitive for…

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Google’s “parking difficulty” and “find parking” + a Real Estate Idea

Google’s “parking difficulty” and “find parking” + a Real Estate Idea

You may have seen the news from Google Maps that they added “parking difficulty” coverage to 25 more cities (doubling coverage from 25 cities to 50). That of course got me thinking about the real estate use case for the difficulty of parking near a specific address….

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AI Data Startup Lands $2m Seed Funding

AI Data Startup Lands $2m Seed Funding

Today’s Geek word is “Ethnographic”. Basically, it’s the presentation of data as it applies to society or groups. Lynden Foust, Spatial’s CEO and a team of about 10 engineers are building a social layering platform that uses AI to cull about 30 different social media…

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OpenStreetView – A New Alternative to StreetView

OpenStreetView – A New Alternative to StreetView

OpenStreetView recently launched (SearchEngineLand coverage). Real estate is a big vertical for Google Maps and StreetView. For the mapping geeks out there, you should take a look. If you’d like to learn more, here’s a presentation with more of the thinking/vision: For those interested in the mapping…

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Google Maps Focusing on Real Estate Vertical

Google Maps Focusing on Real Estate Vertical

What corporations spend money to promote/advertise is a fairly telling sign of where they are investing their money/manpower. I came across the following promoted Tweet the other day from Google Maps. “Build in neighborhood trents, market values…” makes me think they have Zillow-like home value…

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UK Property Sites Utilize New “Travel Time” Search Feature

UK Property Sites Utilize New “Travel Time” Search Feature

Editor’s Note: By way of his inaugural post, I’d like to introduce our newest contributor Charlie Davis.  Charlie is a co-founder of iGeolise.com, a company that delivers software to the property industry and beyond in the U.K. One of their products, TravelTime, allows properties to…

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What’s the best mapping IDX?

What’s the best mapping IDX?

In a subsequent post I plan to do a video review of several of the mapping IDX products out there. You might say that IDX comparisons have been done to death, but I want to specifically focus on the usability aspect of map search products….

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How Do You Keep Real Estate Local?

How Do You Keep Real Estate Local?

Selling real estate is a local game. Buyers in particular want to get a feel for a place. They want to touch, to get a feel for the environment and they want to see themselves not only in a home but in an area. We know virtual…

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Microsoft's new Street Slide blows away Google Maps Street View

Microsoft's new Street Slide blows away Google Maps Street View

Absolutely amazing new map technology will soon be released from Microsoft. You must watch this video to understand how Street Slide could make you stop using Google Maps. Think about it – you could make a street level tour of a neighborhood for a potential…

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Mapquest 4 mobile brings voice guidance GPS to iPhone

Mapquest 4 mobile brings voice guidance GPS to iPhone

MapQuest recently released its own free voice navigation app for the iPhone and BlackBerry. From the website: “The MapQuest 4 Mobile downloadable application provides easy access to Directions, Maps, and Local Search. With MapQuest 4 Mobile you also have the ability to integrate your saved…

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