Searches for real estate foreclosures on Google Maps are
censored no longer possible.
Google has announced removal of all real estate listings from their Google Maps platform:
In part due to low usage, the proliferation of excellent property-search tools on real estate websites, and the infrastructure challenge posed by the impending retirement of the Google Base API (used by listing providers to submit listings), we’ve decided to discontinue the real estate feature within Google Maps on February 10, 2011. (Source)
Some people ask if Google might have somehow removed foreclosure maps as part of a supposed “cover up” of the accelerating real estate crash in the U.S. (eg., Another Flood of Foreclosures on the Way).
Dregs of the Future’s most popular blog post of 2010, which received thousands of hits, and was cited by both The Consumerist and The NY Times, was: America’s Spreading Foreclosure Pandemic — use Google’s foreclosure maps to expose the extent of foreclosures nationwide and in your neighborhood . This popular article showed how ordinary people could use Google Maps to map out real estate foreclosures. It let anyone see the extent of it for themselves.
For example, here’s a screen shot of a Google Map of foreclosures in the U.S. as of January 2010:
Today an incredible one in seven or 14% of the nearly 54 million first liens in the country are now either delinquent or in default. (Source)
Yet, now we can no longer use Google Maps to watch the spreading toxic red dots of real estate foreclosures and defaults multiplying across America.
- Google turns off real-estate-listing search functions tied to Maps (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Google to Retire Real Estate Listings from Google Maps (thesearchagents.com)
- Google Maps kills off real estate listings (downloadsquad.switched.com)
- Death by Zillow? Google Retires Google Maps Real Estate Listings (newsgrange.com)
- Google retreats from real estate listings (mumbrella.com.au)
- Google Will Drop Real Estate Search & Listings From Maps (searchengineland.com)
- Google Kills Real Estate Listings on Maps (ginside.com)