Google Maps primed for home buyers

Free real estate search tool allows listings to be found on Google Maps

Google is adding a real estate search feature to Google Maps in New Zealand.

The free feature will allow real estate listings to be uploaded to Google Maps, making them discoverable by users in New Zealand.

Google says the feature lets home buyers enter a city or suburb and see available listings represented by markers on the map. Searches can be refined by price, type of property, bedrooms, bathrooms and other parameters. Harcourts is one agent using the new Google Maps tool.

"By making real estate listings available right in Google Maps, we can drive qualified buyers directly to listings," says Andrew Foster, product manager at Google.

“It's a simple and free way for real estate companies to make their listings even more discoverable and have them seen on an easy-to-navigate map.”

The map will automatically update with relevant listings when panned or zoomed to another suburb, and when the search criteria is changed, google says. Clicking on a marker will provide more information about the listing, the contact details of the listing agent and a link to their website.

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