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jraabe

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Google Earth for property search
« on: July 29, 2005, 01:43:40 PM »
If you have a fast PC and a broadband connection you need to see what Goggle is doing with this new project.

Nothing short of mapping the entire earth in high resolution topography that you can explore like a video game.

http://kh.google.com/download/earth/plus.html

Some people are using this as a tool for touring real estate locations.

"We used Google earth to get a better perspective of each property we were looking at.

In some cases, we were able to reject properties based on what we saw on Google earth (two of the places on our list, turned out to be less than a 1/2 mile from a major active land-fill - which we would not have know withou google earth.).

The realtor was amazed that we could pull up the kind of detail we could on our laptop (using Google Earth)."

jdew

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Re: Google Earth for property search
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2005, 02:54:54 PM »
Even if you're not looking for property it's a pretty neat thing to play with.  You can download a free trial version, it's pretty amazing.

Don't give google too much credit though, all they did was buy a company (Keyhole) that was already doing this.

Actually, even without that program you can find free satellite photographs of varying resolution for most of the country.  But that program is very nice to use though.  High resolution photos for most large metro areas and for some other areas as well.  Other areas are not in as great as detail but still very useful.


Greenbank

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Re: Google Earth for property search
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2005, 12:03:12 AM »
John, it's a pretty cool product...but, back when it was Keyhole, they had our entire island in high res. When Google Earth took over, so went the high res view of my place. Bah.

I guess I should go check to see if that's still true, I loved the old one.

Greenbank

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Re: Google Earth for property search
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2005, 12:06:48 AM »
Yep, still out of range. The only thing that really cheesed me about this was I paid for the Keyhole service specifically because my area was covered. Now, halfway through my fee, it's not, and Google couldn't have cared less when I contacted them.

"Do no evil" indeed. Oh, well.

jraabe

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Re: Google Earth for property search
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2005, 06:08:24 AM »
Greenbank:

Interesting issue with Keyhole. Let's hope Google soon adds back that and other high res images in the next round of updates. It would be nice for you to get the value you expected and deserve as an early adopter.


Greenbank

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Re: Google Earth for property search
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2005, 08:47:58 PM »
I should state that I still think it's a very cool product. It was awesome to be able to look up an address of a house or property for sale and see it in recent high-res satellite imagery.

One thing y'all should try is to look at an area with Google Earth and then go look at it in terraserver.microsoft.com, whose photos are (or were) 1992 last time I checked. Good way to gauge growth in an area...some are shocking in their difference!

Daddymem

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Re: Google Earth for property search
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2005, 03:10:46 PM »
It is just a front end google or keyhole that is.  They use this: http://globexplorer.com/  There are other engines out there as well.  You wanna see something really cool?  Go here and zoom all the way in...
http://moon.google.com/

If google says it is true, it has to be true....

Watch for a ton of google map based websites...here is one using google maps and the hotornot website: http://hotmaps.frozenbear.com/  The ideas revealed here could be used in soooo many different ways.  Just think about it, google maps merged with GIS and databases....unlimited possibilities.
« Last Edit: July 31, 2005, 03:19:14 PM by Daddymem »

jdew

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Re: Google Earth for property search
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2005, 03:22:02 PM »
It really is swiss cheese - Amazing!

mark_chenail

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Re: Google Earth for property search
« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2005, 08:35:37 AM »
MY GOD  this thing is incredible.  I google Lebanon Missouri which is the nearest big town to my country place and could literally drive down the highway 17 mi to my house in the woods.    I can actually see the little garden shed in the yard.   I can even see the neighbors car parked in the yard.    Amazing.    


Amanda_931

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Re: Google Earth for property search
« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2005, 04:23:46 AM »
I expect all of these are miserable on dial-up, but here's Microsoft's entry, which I found easy to use--but sure enough slow on dial-up.  It put my address in about the right place.  Not everything does, we've had map problems in this area, may be better now.  I like the idea that you can switch from map to photo easily, with your point of interest marked.  No photo of my place, big blank if you're zoomed way in.  Oh, well.

http://virtualearth.msn.com/

(Terrafly, for instance still has me half a mile away from where I am, and on the wrong road.)
« Last Edit: August 07, 2005, 05:09:55 AM by Amanda_931 »

Greenbank

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Re: Google Earth for property search
« Reply #10 on: August 11, 2005, 11:29:00 AM »
Virtual Earth is pretty cool, but those are those 1992 photos I was talking about, which are cool in their own way. Man, it is astonishing how much rural land has disappeared in 15 years...I'm not helping the process!