CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Beginning today,
RealEstate.com will provide the Google Maps Street View(TM) feature across
its entire portal of nearly two million real estate listings. The addition
of Street View, which was made possible by implementing the Google Maps(TM)
API (application program interface), brings online real estate search one
step closer to real life.
RealEstate.com's addition of Street View is an innovative feature for
real estate Web sites and gives visitors a true, first-hand experience from
the comfort of their own home computers. Street View, which has imagery
from over 40 metropolitan regions nationwide, was recently added to the
Google Maps API, which provides developers and companies the ability to
easily integrate Google Maps into their Web sites.
"We're really excited about adding the Street View feature from Google
Maps to RealEstate.com because it provides our visitors a new and
interesting viewpoint for their online real estate searches," says Greg
Hanson, vice president of product excellence for RealEstate.com. "Working
with Google has allowed us to achieve speed to market with this feature,
and we look forward to hearing from our customers to see what they think."
Street View is currently offered in 40 metro areas (complete list
below). RealEstate.com can now offer its visitors Street View access to
home listings in approximately 500 cities within those metros. Previously,
visitors to RealEstate.com viewed an album of photographs including several
inside and outside pictures of available properties. Now, where Street View
imagery is available, a visitor will also see a "Street View" link located
below the listing information where they can click and get a drive-by snap
shot of the house and a 360 degree tour of the street and the neighborhood.
The adoption of Street View by RealEstate.com is the latest innovation
in a series of tools and services created, tested and offered by the
company. Founded in 2003, RealEstate.com has grown to become one of the
largest national data providers in the online real estate arena, providing
visitors a constant stream of current real estate listings updated 24-hours
a day, home valuations, and helpful tips and tools all presented in one
easy-to-use Web site.
Street View imagery is currently available in over 40 metro areas:
Albany, NY; Albuquerque, NM; Anchorage, AK; Austin, TX; Boise, ID; Boston,
MA; Chicago, IL; Cleveland, OH; Dallas, TX; Denver, CO; Detroit, MI;
Fairbanks, AK; Ft. Worth, TX; Houston, TX; Indianapolis, IN; Juneau, AK;
Kansas City, KS; Las Vegas, NV; Little Rock, AR; Los Angeles, CA; Madison,
WI; Manchester, NH: Miami, FL; Milwaukee, WI; Minneapolis, MN; Nashville,
TN; New York, NY; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Phoenix, AZ; Pittsburgh,
PA; Portland, OR; Providence, RI; Richmond, VA; Rockford, IL; Salt Lake
City, UT; San Antonio, TX; San Diego, CA; San Francisco Bay Area, CA;
Schenectady, NY; Spokane, WA; St. Paul, MN; St. Petersburg, FL; Tampa, FL;
For more information about RealEstate.com and to learn about its latest
innovations first hand, including the use of Google Maps Street View,
please visit www.realestate.com.
RealEstate.com gives consumers a better way to buy or sell a home
through a comprehensive suite of real estate services, tools and helpful
advice as they progress through their home buying or selling process. The
site provides access to nearly 2 million home listings, 97 million home
values and a unique deep-dive view into more than 22,000 cities across the
US (100% US city coverage).
In addition to the RealEstate.com portal, the company operates five
distinct business lines including RealEstate.com, REALTORS(R), a
company-owned real estate brokerage that operates in 15 markets with more
than 800 sales agents; a Broker Network, a strategic lead generation
program for real estate brokers that provides them with incremental,
targeted, and high-quality leads; iNest, a lead generator that specializes
in newly-constructed homes and offers consumers an exclusive cash bonus
program; Domania, a provider of innovative customer acquisition and
retention products for banks, mortgage lenders and REALTORS(R); and also, a
network of geo-targeted advertising opportunities throughout the
RealEstate.com is an operating company of IAC (Nasdaq: IACI).
REALTOR(R) -- A registered collective membership mark that identifies a
real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of
REALTORS(R) and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics.
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