Google Maps Street view lets you navigate street level level images of different areas. It is a powerful tool for not only real estate professionals, but anyone buying and selling real estate.
Street View in Google Maps lets you explore places through 360-degree street-level imagery, whether you’re looking at locations in your town or across the globe. With Street View, you can check out a restaurant before going there, find beautiful places around the world to visit on your next vacation, or check out neighborhoods when you’re looking to move. via Google
How To View Google Maps Street View On Your iPhone
Google Maps has a good web app you can access from your smartphone by going to maps.google.com. However, if you want to view Street View on your iPhone, you will have to use the map app that comes pre-installed on you iPhone.
Step 1. Launch Maps, the map app.
Step 2. Type in an address, business name, or landmark.
To view Street View, click the icon button next to the address or business name. Clicking the arrow button will take you to a description about that address.
Clicking the icon will take you directly to the the Street View. You can scroll around 360 degrees to view everything around that area.
You can travel down the street by clicking the white arrow in the road. There is also a compass in the lower right hand corner that shows what direction you are looking.
Don’t know the street address? No problem. You can place a maker anywhere on the map by tapping and holding your finger on the map. A purple “Dropped Pin” will be placed on the map. You can drag the pin anywhere you want and click its icon to view the street view.
How To View Google Maps Street View On an Android Phone.
Ryan Lundquist, a real estate appraiser in California, made a video to show how to view Google’s Street View on an android phone.
How can the real estate industry use Street View?
- Home buyers can preview a neighborhood before looking at a house. This is especially useful for buyers that are relocating to a different city.
- Investors can use it to help decide if a property is worth in-depth look.
- Real Estate agent or for-sale-by-owners can embed a street view map on their website or blog to showcase their home’s area.
- Home buyers can use it to see how well a subdivisions is maintained.
- Use street view to see what amenities an area has to offer.
The Bottom Line
While street views are not available for every street and could be several years outdated they are a powerful tool for anyone buying and selling real estate. It is an easy way to to get a feel for an area. I use it all of the time to view neighborhoods before I do a real estate appraisal.
Being able to access street views on your Smartphone makes them even better.