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Search for Real Estate and Apartments with Google Base

Google Base

Have you ever tried searching for houses or apartments online? It can be darn frustrating with all the different sites available. Personally, Realtor.com doesn’t do quite what I would like. Have they even heard of RSS?

Enter Google Base. It’s hyped as a online database into which anyone can add data. You might’ve seen it before and wondered “what’s that good for?” Real estate and apartment searching, that’s what.

Enter your search terms

To search for housing, Google even has a handy little link right on the Base main page. Simply click that and you can enter your search terms. It’s got some pretty refined searching abilities. You can do location (even within X miles – hooray!), price (setting your own range), square footage, year, etc.

See results on a map

One of the neat features I like is that results automatically show up on a Google map (as well as in a list on the left). Thus, if you’re new to an area, you can quickly see where different houses or apartments are located.

Monitor with RSS

Those features are good, but what makes Base an awesome tool are the built-in RSS feeds. Anytime you are viewing search results, simply click on the RSS link in the upper right (why isn’t there an auto-detect in Firefox for this?). You can then subscribe to your search results in your regular feed reader.

Go to town!

This is just one of the many things you can find using Base. As a lawyer, you can also find different service providers, perhaps a new job for yourself, equipment for your law office, etc. The list is honestly endless.

Maybe courts of the future will publish their decisions in Base. It could be a LexisNexis or Westlaw for the people! OK, I’m a bit idealistic, I know.

What are you waiting for? Go check it out! Maybe you’ll find a neat trick or a new way to leverage the power of G’ Base. If you have any thoughts, ideas, or questions on this, please post a comment or drop me a line.

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5 Responses to “Search for Real Estate and Apartments with Google Base”

  1. [...] great example is an ad bought recently here at Legal Andrew. I have a post about using Google Base to search for real estate. As you can see, there is now a post level ad for a real estate [...]

  2. investment property
    December 17th, 2007

    I read about Google base a while ago elsewhere, but your article has just made me try it. It looks great, and unlike Zillow, it lets you list UK and worldwide listings.

    i was a disapointed with the listing just appearing for 14 days though, what’s all that about? The stats area looks great though, very useflu!

  3. Andrew Flusche
    December 17th, 2007

    I’m glad you’re liking Google Base. Definitely let us know how things go!

  4. Sell Houses Fast
    April 18th, 2008

    The stats are very impressive and having the results all on a map make it so much easier to use.

  5. India's Property
    May 28th, 2009

    I am agree with the post, Such a nice Post and informative aw well.Can you please provide me some more links for similar articles on my mail id.

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