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Google Maps: It Was Too Good to Last
Over the last 13 years, Google Maps API has been a cost-effective solution for website developers and owners, especially for those in the real estate industry, allowing the display of maps and geo-location of properties by address for a nominal fee (essentially free). Well, the easy road is over as all this is changing on July 16.
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myPlanit Receives First Ever 5-Star Product Rating from Inman
WAV Group has gotten acquainted with myPlanit and its CEO, Adrienne Meisels. Adrienne is a fantastic person who is super smart and developing a very creative application that lets agents look at a map to see the places they have gone (like listing appointments, open houses, etc.) and visualize their journey on a timeline. It's a lot more than that, but you can appreciate how this example would benefit an agent. Adrienne uses the term, "The Internet of You." myPlanit does the work for you by privately and securely tracking the things that you do, for you. Inman News gave myPlanit the first ever 5-star review. That is big kudos. If you are thinking about app development, you may want to look at the functionality of myPlanit. If you are looking for an app to broaden your mobile strategy for agent retention and recruiting, you may want to look at myPlanit. Here is the press release:
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Why Customers Care about Geocoding (and you should too!)
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Google Local Guides Are Great for Real Estate
If you remember the rage about FourSquare years ago, it's coming back again. But this time, Google is leading the way to create local experts, and Google Maps is the platform. So set up your account on Google Local Guides and get going! If you participate a lot (hit 50 reviews), you will be highlighted as a top reviewer on Google Maps for iOS and Android. Why? Well, that is only something that you can answer. Like so many other social media strategies, it needs to be something that you enjoy doing. Also, consider this – Google Maps is the most popular mobile maps product on the planet; you and your brand will show up when people are using the map.
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Heat Maps Use Color as the Universal Communicator
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How To Easily Plot and Map Multiple Locations
Map out your home sales and embed them on your WordPress real estate site! A new add-on for Google sheets – part of the Google Docs online service, now enables mapping from spreadsheets. The Mapping Sheets add-on provides an almost ridiculously easy way to plot your data onto a Google Map directly from Google Sheets. This is cool because you can now do something like this in under an hour. Just follow along with the tutorial on the next page. Check out Peter Toner's home sales: These are just some of the sales I actually did personally the past few years.
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Choosing a Mapping or Lifestyle Search Solution
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Why the new Google Maps will be important
The New Google Maps are good, really good... It's different in many respects, most visibly in that the map fills the entire screen. The map seems to have more a bit detail, noticeable too when zoomed out, plus the colors have changed. You used to be offered local business choices on the left sidebar, now they are embedded in the search bar and the map itself, along with photos and street views. This is an important point for real estate agents as the source of the listings featured are Google Places for Business. If you have not created your page yet, you had better get started!
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Monday Morning Mobile: Maps on Mobile
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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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