Real Estate Interest in Google Earth Grows

Plantana Real Estate Florida in Google EarthGoogle Earth is a great tool for exploring real estate. In earlier stories I wrote about a Colorado Real Estate application in GE, and in general about business applications for Google Earth.
Last week Google Earth took center stage at a real estate industry conference. John Hanke, General Manager of the Google Earth project, spoke at the conference and demonstrated a number of real estate applications for Google Earth. I read about this in a news story here (requires subscription). Apparently the demonstration produced a lot of positive reaction.
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One of the companies I previously wrote about, Globe Assistant, offers services to help businesses utilize GE. They released a Google Earth real estate application for Plantana Real Estate , Inc. in Florida (most of the properties are in the Jacksonville area). The GlobeAssistant application uses a view-based query to load properties based on your current view. The resulting colorful placemarks indicate the location of properties, and the descriptions usually show photos of the property. They also provide basic details such as price, square footage, etc. And, of course, they provide a link for more details and contact information for the broker. GlobeAssistant apparently not only offers the service of access to the database, generating the network link, and creating a nice interface, they also apparently offer hosting services as well.
GlobeAssistant is doing some excellent work, and I expect they will get lots of other GE business as Google Earth becomes increasingly widespread.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. I was told about Goggle Earth and its ability to see any property anywhere in the world. I was told I could get side views of buildings. I got into the program, but can’t figure out how to get more than an aerial view. I also do not know whether or not the view is real time.

  2. I highly recommend you view my Google Earth Basics articles at You will find stories on seeing 3D buildings, and how to pan and tilt your view (see “Important Basics”).

  3. Great article. I was looking for this. I’m going to bookmark this one. Thanks for taking your time to put this together.

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