Google added a new Real Estate search function for Google Maps. A user now can go to Google Maps to retrieve information for real estate listings within the visible area. To do this, the user enters a city name in the “Search the map” field, then selects the “Real Estate” tab under “Show more search options.” Results can be organized by price, number of bedrooms or number of bathrooms, and initially shows 10 results per page in a side bar to the left of the Google Map. They can be shown in either "Text View" or "Map View," depending on whether or not the user wants to view the Google Map full screen.
The new feature apparently uses indexing feeds provided by real estate Web sites, which will likely miss houses in a user's area that are available for sale but not listed. Google Maps is already a spotlight feature among some real estate search sites, though many of those sites also offer compelling stand-alone features of their own.