This is the first of a series of posts I’m writing about creative ways to utilize mapping in real estate. I will show how a real estate agent can display their total history of home sales (or any other data for that matter) and showcase it on a WordPress blog using Google Maps. This unique approach to transparency may prove helpful for those agents that have a thriving sales history in a particular county, city or even neighborhood. Possibly rounding out the about me page.
I will not be using Google MyMaps to accomplish this goal because it does not have an import feature. You would need to plot each sale, one by one. So those of you that have vast sales histories would have a labor intensive process. Also when done hand plotting the addresses, you would not be able to use that data again. (It’s not in a raw data file such as text delimited, csv or spreadsheet etc.)
So I will have you start by compiling a complete list of your sold properties in a spreadsheet. You may already have this created, if so great! If you don’t have your complete sales history, try your MLS system as they may [Read more...]