If I’m reading this right, interest in real estate as a search term on Google continues to wane. Notice that it peaked in 2004 and we are about 2/3rds lower. The trend continues to go lower and we’ll have to see if the search term posts a new low later this year. Notice the drop late in the year. That corresponds to November and December which are slow times in the market.
Google Maps Plymouth MN – Are They 5 Years Old? Check Out the Satellite View Lennar’s Legacy Park and Taryn Hills Developments
This is interesting…we get so used to seeking out Google Maps to get a view of the world. Lennar began it’s massive Legacy Park and then Taryn Hills projects in 2005 and 2006. According to NorthstarMLS, the first sales in Legacy Park were in 2006 which means they would have had sewer, water, utilities and the roads installed. However, it’s October 5, 2011 and looking at the Google Satellite view of this area, all you can see is the preliminary earth work done prior to putting in the roads or buildings. That makes this image 5-6 years old. In other words, worthless.
Tara@Trulia has an excellent post on 6 Reasons You Should Google Your Address. It shows the kinds of information you should be looking for with regard to your property or a property you are considering buying. Note, agents can’t help you with finding sexual predators or with crime reports. Those will be searches you will have to do on your own. We would be in violation of Federal Fair Housing laws.
This has been coming for some time, but Yahoo! Real Estate has officially handed off its real estate listings to Zillow. Yahoo! Real Estate is still one of the most popular sites on the interest for real estate. Zillow of course came on the seen several years ago with its innovative Zestimate that has become very popular, if not completely accurate.
Will real estate search eventually just become like regular search where you have Google and then everyone else? Perhaps. Realtor.com, Trulia, and now FrontDoor.com appear to be strong competitors. Here’s the strengths of each as I see it:
- Zillow: Zestimate – everyone wants to know what their house is worth (or hope its worth)
- Realtor.com: associated with the National Association of Realtors – tied to feet on the street
- Trulia: innovative displays and analysis of your customized searches – great analytics for a free site
- FrontDoor.com: HGTV’s site: I think this is the one to watch as they have surrounded this data with great content from HGTV and help home owners visual lifestyle…this is one to watch because I think it will catch people by surprise