Google is expanding its real estate listings beginning Monday with Australia and New Zealand, PaidContent.org reported on Monday. Australasian users will now be able to search for property listings using the Google Maps application.
Property availability in Australia is being provided by two listing services. A third however declined to offer its properties for availability on Google, telling the Melbourne Age that: "We are quite confident that we provide a better service than Google is offering."
Google's U.S. property service has also received an upgrade, with an "updated and more comprehensive" listing product, according to SearchEngineLand. The new service includes new search parameters allowing the user to filter property by square foot and discover whether the property is in foreclosure.
Andrew Foster, Google product manager, listed the increased use of the internet for hunting property as the basis for the service upgrade. "There's also been a 35 per cent growth in real-estate-related queries on Google in the year to February 2009," he says.
According to data from Compete.com property listing sites Trulia and Zillow have also seen large jumps in online visitors.