The 10 newest/coolest geo-mapping apps for RE Bloggers

July 28, 2010
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geotag 300x199 The 10 newest/coolest geo mapping apps for RE BloggersIncorporating maps into your blog or website can be an engaging and exciting way to snag your readers’ attention.  New technology has allowed mapping to become nearly a living breathing thing which you can create, explore and share.  It’s not your momma’s flat paper map anymore!

Here’s a snapshot of some really cool things you can do with geo-mapping to snazz up your blog, engage your readers and provide a variety of content on your blog or website..

  • Google Maps Mania: Microsoft Street Slide – this creates a much more panoramic view of a street rather than the slightly dizzying effect of Google Street Views.  Watch the video demo to see it in action.  You could create your own YouTube video screen capture of a virtual tour of your town’s Main Street or other hot spot.
  • Google Maps in 3D – as this develops further, you can imagine the uses for it, especially those with tall condo listings and other larger properties.  How amazingly cool!  The end to pancake-flat buildings.
  • TagWhat – is a new messaging app which allows you to share messages using augmented reality with your friends and followers!  Add text, urls, photos, phone numbers, or videos to your tags.  How cool is that?!
  • Schmap – is an easy to use and engaging app where you can share events such as open houses, on twitter, etc. with a map, directions, info, photos, etc.  Schmap also provides online guides for many cities and if you post your geo-tagged photos to flickr  they may highlight one of them in their city guides.  We’ve been fortunate enough to have been chosen for three Miami guides so far!  HUGE Bonus – they are giving away 10,000 2 Year Pro Memberships here!
  • Not For Tourists – a growing collection of city maps by and for locals.  You can apply to be an editor for your local community and you can create custom maps to embed into your blogs.
  • RealBird Facebook Pages for your Listingswith the click of a mouse you can create facebook fan pages for each listing and then share them, promote them for pennies to a hyper-targeted audience and make your seller really really happy having their own fan page for their listing.
  • Where do you Go? create a heat-map of your foursquare check-ins, showing you’re the man about town! (or gal)
  • Facebook stories on Bing Mapsshare stories of facebook and Bing will now add them to their map mashup. Our new blog, TheCoralGablesStory, heavily builds on this community, story, hyper local enthusiasm.
  • KinoMapsif you create video while driving (read more in this previous article on creating community videos), you can use KinoMaps to create an embeddable map to accompany it your video, showing your route.
  • Isochrone Maps – create maps for drive times during certain times of day or night.  View the very cool demo they did of London at night. If you have properties which have longer drive times (say to an airport or down town) you could highlight this info for potential buyers to alleviate concerns.

There are literally thousands and thousands of map apps out there and this is just a random snapshot for you to spark your imagination.  I am sure you have plenty more apps that you love and I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!



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Bonus – if you have a GPS, you can likely load your buyer tour addresses into MapQuest or Google Maps, create your tour then export to your GPS so you are all pre-loaded before you ever get behind the wheel.

Janie has been in the development, construction and real estate industries for over 20 years. She began her career in commerical construction and has slowly worked into all of the related industries and added residential properties to her resume 7 years ago. She is currently the co-owner of sister companies, Papillon Real Estate and Papillon ReDevelopment (a construction and project management firm). Janie blogs for The Coral Gables Story. In her "free" time, she is a graduate student of Atlantic History with a focus on the history of business and technology. She is a lover of geo-anything. She loves the story.


  • http://www.realtyinsights.blogspot.com Diane Brooks

    Wonderful selection of new apps~ I can’t wait to dig in! Thanks for sharing all of the new possibilities.

    • http://realestateblog.posterous.com/ Janie Coffey

      Diane, Please let us know which ones you find most useful!

  • http://WelcomeHomeNWI.com James Barath in Northwest Indiana

    Geolocation is all the rage as of late. It seems as if it is the one concept that can unite the internet, mobile applications and the human element with real world interactions.

    The application I think that has the greatest potential impact on real estate is the Isochrone Maps. Instead of reading about a home’s great location and proximity to all the local hot spots, you will now have the ability to prove that claim through dynamic maps.

    • http://realestateblog.posterous.com/ Janie Coffey

      I find that Isochrone maps will be very useful if a listing is questionably “too far” from something, agents could nip that in the bud (if true) showing the map, then it’s not just the agent’s claim, it shown…

  • http://www.augustarealestateconnection.com Augusta Ga Homes

    Great info. Can’t wait to give some of these apps a try. People are visually stimulated and won’t stay on your site to read but they do like pictures!! :-)

    • http://realestateblog.posterous.com/ Janie Coffey

      the love pictures and they love interacting with a site. Clickable, explorable, liveable are all keys to being sticky!

  • http://www.movity.com Andrew

    Great list of resources!

    We (the team at Movity.com) are working to bring more UGC to mapping as well – we are fascinated by maps that allow users to move between publicly available data and local opinions/knowledge. Both help to inform map readers of a location and enhance a user’s experience.

    Curious to check out the Isochrome maps as listed above…!

  • http://www.padmapper.com Eric

    Wow, thanks for all these resources. I didn’t realize that our driving/walking time overlay (on PadMapper) had a name – isochrone maps.

    The GPS tour is a great idea, also.

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    Looks interesting can’t wait to check them out!

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  • http://www.dougfrancis.com Doug Francis

    I recently bought a new Lumix camera with built-in GPS. I only turn it on for certain shots because it will drain the battery. Not really sure how to maximize this feature? Suggestions?

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    There’s lots of map apps for the blog. I did not know before. Nice technology!