Monday, April 28, 2008

NORTHWEST AUSTIN HOMES: Interested in a house in Northwest Austin? Check out Google Street View

This is a little video created by Google as a short tutorial about Google Maps Street View. This is something that has been in the works for quite some time but now almost all of Austin and its surrounding areas have been documented. The images are taken by Google cars outfitted with special cameras that record 360 degrees of what is going on as they drive down the street. Its pretty fun to look at where you live or used to live.

Is this an invasion of privacy? Google doesnt think so. They say all of the images are taken from public property but there are some pretty funny pictures that people have get from Google maps street view. Check out some of them here.

In my neighborhood, Street View is off a little bit. My address actually brings up a photo of a house down the street.

How is this about Real Estate?

Mostly it is just a cool way of checking out the neighborhood if somebody is interested in a house. It is also a way to see what a house really looks like from the front when its not all spruced up for picture day. Like I said before, it is really only useful if you have an idea what it is supposed to look like at a certain address because a lot of them are not filed correctly. Check it out and let me know what you think.

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