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Per Inman News – Google drops real estate listings – Search giant cites low use, proliferation of search sites

Kind of interesting. More for us in the industry than the consumer but hey, maybe you’ll like it. Reminds me of the ongoing battle between full-service and discount brokers. Even though Redfin and ZipRealty deliver a great online experience, when it comes to the actual transaction, most San Francisco home buyer and sellers realize that they benefit from a real estate agent with full-time experience who will answer their calls, emails and meet with them in person and who has day to day, in the trenches exposure to the local San Francisco real estate market, contracts, other agents, etc. (I just had 2 interesting experiences around this and will post about it soon.)

It’s not that Google isn’t great as a search engine but it’s just a bit tough to supply accurate, real time MLS data for local markets. Even San Francisco’s own Trulia, as good as it is, supplies some data that just isn’t up-to-date or correct (particularly the foreclosure stuff).

Google drops real estate listings
Google drops real estate listings

From our friends at Inman News:

Google drops real estate listings – Search giant cites low use, proliferation of search sites
By Inman News, Wednesday, January 26, 2011.
Inman News™

Search giant Google will no longer support real estate listings uploaded to its classifed listings site on Google Maps, the company announced today.

Consumers will no longer be able to find for-sale, foreclosure, or rental properties through the search function on Google Maps, and real estate professionals will no longer be able to upload their listings to Google Base, the company’s classifieds site, which is being replaced by Google Shopping APIs and will not support real estate listings.
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