How Google Map Api and Android Based Mobile Apps Help Real Estate Industries
Apart from Basic map facilities, Google offers 4 types of custom layering on top of Google maps which can be used by developers as per their Business need. Below is the Layer by layer description as to how one can utilised various layers provided by Google to display required information.
4th Layer : Property Location, offices, etc.
3rd Layer : Floor plans, development site plan
2nd Layer : Property sales data,land parcel, Real estate projects.
1st Layer : Publicly available info : crime rate,hospitals, local services Lowest layer
Some Use cases on Real Estate applications of Google Maps API
There are essentially three aspects in the concept of real estate (Henry Assael, 1984; Burnkrant, R. E. & Alain, C., 1975). First is the house’s natural quality such as the number of floors, house price, general location and so on. Second is the location in detail such as the address. Last is the property information of house, builder/owner and so on. In addition it may also include transportation, geographic placement, local school districts and other vital information. According to the housing search, decision-making of the purchasing procedure generally is decided based on the type: town house, apartment or villa, the indoor space: number of rooms (Google API layer 2), the location: urban district or suburb or with particular community (layer 1 & 4) as well as the quality: building age, bathroom, kitchen equipment, air conditioning and other factors ( layer 2 & 3) along with various other qualifications deemed fit by the developers relevancy.
Although physically verifying property and observing is the only true way of examining it, there can be obstacles in actually performing this task. First, the potential buyer may not in position to visit each and every house due to various reasons. Then both the parties must agree on particular date/time which is again difficult if not easy. Therefore, it is important and it saves time, effort & money to get all the pertinent information beforehand. This is where Google Map API helps if programmed properly taking care of above three aspects. User can shortlist properties based on above criteria and shortlist best few, which he can physically observe and finalize. This is not only beneficial to developer but also to user and best win-win scenario. Brokers can build custom maps displaying all the listings their customers are interested in visiting. They can also internally plan itineraries on App for showing properties.
As no good things comes free, Google API is also not completely free. It comes with Free & Paid version. With free version Mobile App/Website can load up to 2500 maps/directions per day. Post this it’s chargeable. However, 2500 maps loads will be more than enough for most of the developers. Thus we have seen that Google Maps API helps in creating remarkable applications and can address lots of practical problems, which are limited just by creativity. Using various available features, one can create new types of visualizations that makes data come alive. Users can see patterns that might have been invisible earlier and these patterns can give business a substantial edge.