Driveby Viewings…..so last decade?

January 1st, 2011

Wonder if this has ever happened to you?

You spot a property for sale, say in Nelson, yet the advert doesn’t mention the property for sale’s address.

So because there is no obvious address associated with the advert, you have to phone the telephone number advertised adjacent.

Then you patiently conduct an interview just to find out that address.

(Must point out here that there are very good reasons why us real estate marketers do in fact ask those questions….buts that a story for another time.)

Much has been written over the last few years about the assistance that the World Wide Web is offering home buyers. And it keeps getting better!

The good folks over at makeuseof.com have pointed out this fabulous site called showmystreet.com.

Yes, I’ll admit there are other sites out there that do a similar job….but this site scores 9.5 on the “iPod Shuffle” ease of use scale.

Even though the initial landing page doesn’t look too exciting….its really all that you need.

The only thing you need is the street address.

So you look up an address like this listing here BR30014.

Type that into the box and you find yourself at this Brightwater address here…..just across the road from Centennial Park.

Click to enlarge

Click to enlarge

Whilst typing an address in you’ll spot the API going through its paces live before your eyes…..filtering all sorts of addresses from distant corners of the globe (strangely I found this part quite interesting) until you get down to the suburb level and then its pretty quick to zero in on your choice (as its using Google Maps data that shouldn’t be too hard)

Not quite the Hill St I had in mind (click to enlarge)

Not quite the Hill St I had in mind (click to enlarge)

When searching for addresses in a place such as Nelson, Stoke, Richmond or surrounds then you’ll probably need to go the extra step and plug in New Zealand too……

Why?

Otherwise you’ll end up in some other part of the world that also has just as equivalently named english street and road names as our region does?

Another use of the site could be for property investor scouting?

is off street parking available....?

is off street parking available....?

Perhaps a photo like this could tell you quite a bit about the neighbourhood already, off street parking facilities, etc – without the need to hop on a plane and fly there to see for your self why, for example, at first, it might be advertised at what seems like a bargain price?

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