One of the most helpful tools you can use for your home search is Google Maps. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most neglected.
Often I’m surprised by even the most prepared home buyers, clients of mine who’ve done substantial property research, because they’ve failed to do one of the quickest and easiest checks on a property there is – look up the house on Google Earth.
Use Google Earth to Judge a Property’s Location
Location is everything in real estate, and while interior photos can be appealing and prices can appear to be outstanding that house may still not be very desirable if it’s in a bad location.
- Houses that backs up to a busy road
- Houses that back up to an apartment building
- Homes that area adjacent to noisy businesses
- Homes that backs up to an arroyo
- Homes that are too close to a fire station
When you first go to Google Maps you’ll be looking at the map version. Look in the left hand corner where it says ‘earth,’ click there and you’ll switch to the satellite view.
Most Real Estate Websites Also Have mapping Features
These days almost all decent real estate websites have mapping features built into the home search displays. That way you can easily switch back and forth between property photos and aerial views to make sure you are getting the whole picture.
My main home search website, AlbuquerqueRealEstatePlace.com has a “Map Property” button right under the property display. When you click it a map will pop up and you’ll be able to access Google earth by hitting the hybrid button, or you can see the street view too.
Of course an even better way to do your home search is to find a real estate website that you like and use their map search feature, if they have one.
by Albuquerque Real Estate Agent Rich Cederberg, eXp Realty, (505) 803-5012.