Google Street View was launched in the U.S. in early 2007 and now after a long wait Google Street View has gone live in a number of Canadian cities, including Calgary. While this technology has a novelty value (yes you can have all your co-workers show you where they live), it also has a practical value for the real estate industry. For clients who aretransferring to a city where Google Street View is offered, this technology can allow people to get familiar with those communities that they are interested in, before stepping foot in that city. As well, I am now using this technology to help potential buyers view my listings and the surrounding community, from the comfort of their homes. So, if you're a buyer who is interested in one of my listings, you will be able to see a street view of that listing, the houses in the neighbourhood, and schools and shopping in the vicinity. While I don't think GoogleStreet View is a 'game changer' , I do believe that it is another important tool in a Realtor's technology tool belt and I'm happy to offer this feature to my clients and anyone browsing my website.
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