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[Best of 2018] 5 Things You Didn't Know Google Maps Could Do
We're continuing an annual tradition of counting down our top 10 articles of the year. The following article was originally published in February and is #4 in our countdown. See #5 here. Google Maps does much more than get you from point A to point B. Maps actually has a whole list of functions – some more useful than others. Here are some cool ways Google Maps can help your real estate business run more efficiently.
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5 Things You Didn't Know Google Maps Could Do
Google Maps does much more than get you from point A to point B. Maps actually has a whole list of functions – some more useful than others. Here are some cool ways Google Maps can help your real estate business run more efficiently.
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[Best of 2017] Hidden Features: 3 Google Maps Tricks Agents Should Know
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Hidden Features: 3 Google Maps Tricks Agents Should Know
Google Maps is a free tool with a lot of neat features that real estate agents can appreciate. While we've talked about ways that agents can leverage Google Maps in the past, the program has advanced leaps and bounds since then. Did you know Google Maps offers a personal safety app now? Neither did we. And that's just one example—there's a lot more where that came from. Here's a look at the latest Google Map features you may not have heard of just yet: 1. 'Trusted Contacts' Safety App This app popped on the scene in December. It taps into your phone's GPS capabilities to notify your emergency contacts when you're in danger and share your location with them. It also lets trusted contacts 'walk you home' in threatening situations—they can speak with you while monitoring your GPS location on a map. Select people can even monitor your location on Google Maps, and request a safety status check if worried. Trusted Contacts is currently available for Android. An iOS version is coming soon; sign up here to be notified of its release.
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How Real Estate Agents Can Use Waze to Keep Their Clients (and Family) Happy
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Leveraging Google My Maps for Real Estate
Every year Beloit College publishes "The Mindset List" to share "cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college." One fact on the list points out that the class of 2017 "has never needed directions to get someplace, just an address." With the ready availability of GPS, no one needs to know to turn left at the gas station, go three blocks, and turn right to reach their destination. That's why today, we're going to show you how you can use Google My Maps to create maps that can connect with your leads, prospects, and clients in the digital map era. What is Google My Maps? Google My Maps lets you "keep track of the places that matter to you." In other words, it allows you to mark and comment on relevant locations on a Google map that you can then save and share digitally. Existing maps published under the "Explore" tab cover topics ranging from the "Interactive Map of Lewis and Clark's Expedition" and "New Orleans Bars, Restaurants, Cafes" to "Bigfoot, UFO, and More Sightings." Why use it? My Maps supports your position as a local expert by allowing you to create shareable maps that cover anything and everything from local landmarks to places to eat, things to do, school zones, and more. Where can I get it? Android Browser
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Are Your Relocation Resources Lacking the WOW Factor? Create a Personalized Map!
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Easily Find New and Improved Points of Interest on RPR Maps
Points of Interest (POIs) aren't simply pins on a map. Instead, they represent the diversity and density of amenities and businesses within close proximity to the area your client wants to live or do business in, or both. Now, RPR is taking its POI services to the next level. Based on REALTOR® feedback, up to 30 individual POI categories have been added to the data platform's already-robust lineup of residential features, in addition to an important upgrade to its site selection enhancing POI roster on the commercial side. In all, the enhancements make the exploration of community offerings easier to determine, and in fewer steps. In fact, up to 500 businesses, recreational, retail and other points of interest can be displayed, based on the user's selection of categories. Residential practitioners will find these new tools especially helpful when performing property searches for buyers who want to be within a specific drive or walk time of schools, jobs, parks, grocery stores, etc. Now, finding those nearby listings with pinpoint precision is easier than ever. While in Maps, click on the pin for a POI snapshot, then select More Details to jump to the listings details page. For commercial business use, reviewing a POI reveals valuable information about a business, such as address, number of employees, annual sales volume, square footage, year started and industry. Practitioners might find these tools particularly useful when representing, let's say, a grocery that wants to pull financials on a competitor within a certain radius or to ascertain its inventory levels based on square footage.
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How to Leverage Google Maps for Real Estate
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RPR New User Series: Mapping Your Property’s Story
It doesn't take long for a REALTOR® to access a map while researching properties on RPR. That's because maps serve such an important role in your quest to tell the property's complete story. From aerial, road, and overhead views, to schools, parcels, estimated values, heat maps, overlays and more, we'll show you how easy it is to draw or designate your map in ways that suit every type of interest or need. And since location is such a key factor in real estate, what better way is there to explore than on a dynamic map? To begin map searching, first conduct a preliminary search for properties in any geographic area using the Search bar at narrpr.com. Once complete, toggle the results page from List View to Map View in the white tabs above the results. To get to the map view from a property details page, select Bigger Map on the right side of the page. In this view, which features a large map, define your own search areas by drawing on the map, or by displaying outlines of geographies such as neighborhoods, ZIPs, cities or counties on the map, and then searching one or more of those areas. Drawing on an RPR map is easy. Simply click on the Draw button to trace an outline of the area you'd like to select, draw a circle or polygon, or use your finger to draw a free-form shape. It's that simple. And for those times when you're not feeling like Picasso, rely on these tools to draw and search for you:
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Two Approaches to Commute Calculation
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Trulia Launches Crime Maps
Very often, agents are asked by potential home buyers about crime statistics in a given neighborhood. As a broker, you need to be able to advise your agents about the best way to respond in this situation. Clearly, it’s not ideal for agents to be responsible for researching and providing this information. Yet, in the past, it was difficult to direct consumers to a resource where they could obtain the information themselves. Trulia has released what they believe is a solution for this difficult issue: Crime Maps. Agents can suggest that consumers use Crime Maps to perform their own research about neighborhood safety. We learned more with this article from Trulia.
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