There’s been a lot of buzz about the ability to look up “free foreclosure listings” using Google Maps, so I figured I’d get on-board as well and post instructions.
When in Google Maps, simply type in an address where you want to conduct your search.
On the map in the top-left corner, you’ll see options such as traffic, more, map, satellite, earth, etc.
Click on “more,” then select “real estate.”
Doing so will highlight all the real estate for sale in the viewable area of the map – it will also bring up a real estate search box to the left of the map where you can fine tune your search.
You’ll notice a “foreclosure” radio button that can be checked – this will highlight all the foreclosures in the area.
If you want to single out foreclosures, simply uncheck the “for sale” button and leave the “foreclosure” button checked and you will see all the foreclosure listings in the area.
Zoom in and out to narrow or expand your search, and simply drag the map while holding down the mouse to move to different areas.
If you only want to look at foreclosure listings within a specific price range, use the pricing box to limit the breadth of your foreclosure search.
Once you click on a specific foreclosure listing, a link to a foreclosure website, such as RealtyTrac, will direct you to a website that requires a membership to see the details.
In summary, this is a handy tool to get you on your way to buying a foreclosure, or at least entertain you…