Free Interactive Mapping
Interactive maps seem to be everywhere on the web now. Visitors expect to see them on your property site. So why not add a cool mapping widget to enhance your web site or blog? Google Maps for Property Listings!
You can customize mapVine to make it your own. Options include (a) customizing the size of the map, and (b) customizing the map type such as satellite, hybrid or street view. Once you’re happy with the look, copy and paste the provided HTML anywhere on your site and you are done!
Step 1: After you create an account you choose the metro area you wish to map. See the FAQ for questions on mapping multiple metro areas.
Step 2: Next, you enter your properties into the mapVine system. Here you can enter important information about the property such as the price, address as well as a photo. If you are a property manager you can choose the type as either a rental or a sale Also, if you only fill in the Address and the City and leave everything else blank you can use this tool for uses other than real estate, such as showing where your retail stores are located, where your law offices are, etc.
Probably the most powerful feature of the tool is directing your internet users from the map (blue link that reads "more info") to the location you choose. The main reason for this tool is to generate more leads for your company. Directing users to the page you choose is much better than letting some IDX (Internet Data Exchange) database dictate the location. Other mapping tools out there don't provide this feature.
Step 3: In the final step you select the size of your map (small or large) and the map default type (e.g. street view or satellite view.)
Then simply copy the code provided into your web site page. After you publish/upload your page, the map will appear.
Sonja // Jan 24, 2007 at 6:37 pm
Can you ad New Bern North Carolina?
Dave // Jan 24, 2007 at 8:24 pm
Sonja - With my mapping tool if you do not see the city you desire when setting up your account, simply select the nearest metro area (Wilmington, NC) and then when you are logged in you can move the map around so it is center over New Bern North Carolina.
Frank // May 7, 2007 at 9:51 am
Question, this is great! Can I just point it to my MLS?? I need my clients to see what is available and I can't possible input it all myself...
Dave // May 7, 2007 at 9:59 am
Frank - That is an excellent question. When I built this mapping tool I designed it for property managers, but I have noticed many real estate agents are using it as well which kind of surprised me. If there is enough demand for importing real estate listings from a local MLS data feed then I can look in to it.
Nick // May 31, 2007 at 10:27 am
If you can intergrate this into a local MLS, that would be great. Trust me when I tell you that there is a HUGE demand for this, let alone it being FREE!!!!
j5 // June 28, 2007 at 1:20 pm
What you guys are talking about with the MLS or MySQL database options. Great Stuff, will keep this page marked.
Dave // June 28, 2007 at 1:27 pm
Are you guys serious that there would be a large demand for this? What type of real estate people would use this? I need to know if the numbers are there before I invest a lot of time on this.
MM // July 30, 2007 at 11:08 pm
Great tool! Thanks so much for this! And it was super easy and fast to set up.
Dave, lots of RE sites have maps on them. for example: trulia, zillow to name a few....
most people are looking for homes in a particular area, so this makes it easy for them to see at a glance what's out there.
Chuck // Dec 29, 2007 at 9:02 pm
I agree with the other agents. Allowing an MLS integration to maps is HUGE. I'd love to use this feature.
Scott // Jan 25, 2008 at 4:02 pm
I also agree with the MLS integration. RE Agents will LOVE it. I wholesale real estate for a living and have been looking for a mapping solution for a long time. My problem is, when I get "lists of property in any particular area it can be huge (400+ properties). They come in excel format and I need a way to map out all the properties without typing in each one. In a perfect world I could zoom in on an area, click on a "marker" and and info. box would pop up. Any ideas?
Jason // Apr 21, 2008 at 9:10 pm
Being able to map available rentals from a mySQL database would be very helpful. Your current mapping system is great.
Matt // June 30, 2008 at 9:10 pm
Just googled google maps mls integration and your site came up. Did you ever come up with mapping properties from an MLS database?
Dave // July 12, 2008 at 9:00 pm
Sorry Matt, I have not done anything with that yet. I hope get going on that by the end of the summer.
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