New Google Maps feature helps UK home-hunters

Companies across the property industry, have already taken the opportunity to put their listings on the map, so Google Maps users can find them and then visit the companies’ websites if they are interested in a particular property.

The new feature makes it easy to discover listings for sale or rent in a geographic area, across many agents and property companies.  Potential home buyers can enter a city or location and see all the available listings represented by markers or small circles on the map by simply selecting “Properties…” from the More menu in Maps.  They can then refine their search by price, type of property, bedrooms and bathrooms.  The map will automatically update with relevant listings when panned or zoomed to another location, and when the search criteria is changed.  Clicking on a marker or a small circle will provide more information about the listing, as well as the contact details of the listing agent and a link to help drive traffic to their website.   

The following companies have already taken the opportunity to add listings to Google Maps:

Zoopla, PropertyLive, Ezylet, SmartNewHomes, Vebra, Property Pal, Spicer Haart, Countrywide, Zoomf

"Given the importance of location to a home search, we’ve made it easy for home buyers and renters to see listings that match their criteria on Google Maps even as they pan and zoom the map to different areas," says Andrew Foster, product manager, Google.  "We know that many UK home buyers are already using Google Maps in their house-hunting, and by adding property listings to the map we’re putting everything together for them in one place."

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