Google has just released some slick updates to their very-cool ‘Street Views‘ application, which we’re pretty excited about. They’ve added 8 new cities to their growing list of Street View regions - Boston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Detroit, and Providence, and have also added a slick new feature which could benefit real estate sellers in terms of enhancing their listings with neighborhood panorama photos without having to even leave the house to snap a photo: Embeddable Street View Panoramas.
Here’s an example snapshot I’ve embedded of Ocean Drive, down here in Miami Beach Florida:
So you can now take these visually impressive Google Street View photos and embed them on your own site - right next to your real estate listings if you want! Just go to maps.google.com and pick a location in an area covered by Google Street Views. Once you’ve pulled up the Street View image, simply click ‘Link to this page’ and then ‘Customize and preview embedded map’ so that you’ll be able to select a custom size. Copy the code and paste it onto your own website or blog, and voila - you’re done.
The implications here are pretty self-evident in terms of spicing-up your real estate listings, as now you can show off relevant views in the area where your listing lives without even having to pull your camera out of your pocket. Additionally, we think this is also a pretty cool feature for those of you doing either Virtual Tours or Video Tours for your listings, as now you can easily include some cool area snapshots into your tours if you work or sell in an area which Google Street Views is covering. We’ll certainly be incorporating them here into our AgentCasts property tours right away. Amazing stuff!