Users of Google Maps will be able to search for listings from estate agents and property websites directly from today onwards.
Google made the announcement today, stating that companies across the property industry have already added their listings to the relevant database. This means that users will now be able to see which homes are for sale and a link will also be provided to the relevant sellers website from there.
Google have said that this feature will allow buyers to keep an eye on a particular geographic area of intrest so that they can be immedeatley aware when houses come on to the market.
The tool can be used by choosing the "Properties" link from the "More" menu. Users can then refine their search by price, property type, and number of bedrooms and bathrooms.
Product manager at Google, Andrew Foster said, "Given the importance of location to a home search, we have made it easy for home buyers and renters to see listings that match their criteria on Google Maps.
"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 are putting everything together for them in one place."
Alex Chesterman, the founder and CEO of Zoopla.co.uk spoke out about this recent decision to include houses for sale under Google maps. He stated, "Google is an important start point in the online journey for many consumers, helping them find relevant content which is very complementary with our business which combines property listings with market data and a variety of tools to help consumers make better property decisions."
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