Map-based Search is Now Available Nationwide

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Services for Real Estate Pros with RealBird Inc.

We have just released the RealBird Map-based Property Search covering the whole United States. This service uses data from Google Base and is completely private labeled for you. It is a new user interface view for our almost one year old RealBird Property Search service and adds a new option for providing a lightning fast property search experience for your website and blog visitors.

Just like with the previous versions of the RealBird Property Search (full screen tabular and sidebar widget option) you can create unlimited, preset search engines that target not only your market but other niche audience as well. (E.g. you can set up searches for REOs, ocean view luxury properties, equestrian ranches you name it)

Before the brief tutorial, see two live RealBird Map-based Search widgets below:

Ocean view homes and condos for sale in Miami Beach (courtesy of Janie Coffey)

The example above is preconfigured for Miami Beach and filtered with the "ocean view" keyword search.

San Francisco South of Market Lofts for Sale, all property types (Courtesy of Joe Parsons)

This example centers on South of Market in San Francisco and uses the keyword search "loft" for full text search filtering.

The two examples show how to create niche map search widgets so that you can embed relevant results in your blog posts. Of course, you can create more general searches if that is what you need for your application.

We are going to write more tutorials on the RealBird wiki on how to best utilize the RealBird Property Search. In the meantime, see the main functionalities below:

Create map-based searches for any map extent and zoom level with any search criteria pre-configured

As shown above, you can set up unlimited, preset, general or niche searches with your service. The steps area easy: log in to RealBird and go to the Property Search section. The system provides you with a default map search. Then use the "Search" and "Location" modules on the bottom right on the map itself to configure your search. Pan and zoom as needed. Once you are done, click the blue "HTML" icon, again on the bottom right on the map and copy the embed code from the pop-up.

Share your searches on social networks

You and your visitors can easily share a search on social networks and social bookmarking sites. At any time during the home search process, one can click on the "+" sign at the bottom right on the map and the current search (criteria and map extent) can be shared with a few clicks. It's a good practice to share your niche searches on Twitter, Facebook and other major networks to create some initial buzz.

How to embed it into your ActiveRain and Localism post

The embed code can be easily added to your website and blogs. Furthermore, the width of default code is set to 100% so you can post it on ActiveRain and it will automatically adjust the width for Localism and your outside blog as well, without any modification. Of course, you can always override the width and height of the widget. If you want to provide a full screen map, you can use the "green arrow" icon at the bottom right of the map to generate a permalink to the current map extent and search criteria and use that link as a regular Url in your blog post or in your website. Because the embed code is a regular iframe HTML snippet, you can use it on most blogs and websites including Posterous, Typepad, Blogger etc.

How to get the RealBird Map-based Property Search

The map-based search widget is available for RealBird PRO members. For only $99/year, it is one of the most affordable private-labeled search engine out there. Make sure to log into RealBird to see our current special. For existing RealBird PRO members, this is a free upgrade.

Existing RealBird Pro members:

  1. Log in to RealBird 
  2. Go to the "Property Search" section
  3. The default page here is preset with the map-based search widget centering to your zipcode
  4. Pan and zoom in or out or use the Location button to jump to the proper location
  5. Use the Search button to set and submit search criteria if needed
  6. Finally, use the blue button that reads "HTML" at the bottom right on the map and copy the widget code from the popup box
  7. Paste this code in HTML view into ActiveRain or any other website or blog

RealBird free members and new registration

  1. Log in to RealBird or create a free RealBird account
  2. Go to the "Property Search" section
  3. The default page here is preset with the map-based search widget centering to your zipcode
  4. We provide you with a demo so that you can try your own map-search, set location and search criteria and preview matches.
  5. The free RealBird service shows a "This is a demo..." message when trying to click-through to the property details, but you can see all the other search functionalities otherwise
  6. Check out the top right area of the sidebar in the member area for our current promotional price. Follow the "Upgrade" link there to upgrade your service to RealBird PRO instantly

We hope you find this new RealBird service as amazing as we do. We worked a lot on it :) Should you have feedback or questions please do not hesitate to comment, call or email us. We are here to help.

Enjoy !

-- Zoltan 
RealBird.com

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Rainer
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Bill Wilson
Paradigm AdvantEdge - Edmond, OK

I just signed up for RealBird this weekend and am working on getting it set up. Looking forward to it!

February 08, 2010 02:49 PM #51
Rainmaker
190,703
Jirius Isaac
Isaac Real Estate &TriStar Mortgage - Kenmore, WA
Real Estate & loans in Kenmore, WA

Zoltan, Great work as usual.

February 08, 2010 02:52 PM #52
Rainmaker
87,667
Kim Weis & Kelly Zarda
Platinum Realty, LLC - Overland Park, KS

Hi there,

 

I just learned about RealBird, and signed up today.  Love it already.  I think the kansas city market does infact syndicate to google base.  Is it possible that one day, we will not need idx service on our websites?

Looking for ways to save money this year!

thank you very much!

 

 

 

February 08, 2010 03:09 PM #53
Rainer
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George Wilson
Lincolnton, NC - Lincolnton, NC

Zoltan, Great info; I bookmark for future review.

February 08, 2010 03:44 PM #54
Rainmaker
704,617
Real Bird
RealBird Inc. - Redwood City, CA

Kristie - Thanks. Let us know if you need help

Marcie - Please do

Jinx - Glad that you like it

Bill - Welcome to RealBird. Please let us know if you need assistance with the service

Jirius - Thank you for your kind words !

Kim & Kelly - Welcome to RealBird as well. What is your MLS name/abbreviation, I try to see if I can find some reference to their Google Base syndication

George - Thanks. We are here if you need more info

-- Zoltan

 

February 08, 2010 11:49 PM #58
Rainmaker
128,113
Mike Henderson
Your complete source for buying HUD homes - Littleton, CO
HUD Home Hub - 303-949-5848

Site seemed incredibly slow.  This is from the links as well as Rita's blog.

February 09, 2010 04:43 AM #59
Rainmaker
1,255,730
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Is this a traditional IDX that pulls from the MLS?  From your description it does not appear to be.  How much does the Pro version cost and where does it pull from?  I will give it some thought.

February 09, 2010 11:45 AM #60
Rainmaker
704,617
Real Bird
RealBird Inc. - Redwood City, CA

Mike - Sorry for the inconveniences. Was it slow when you clicked-through to RealBird? Or the embedded map loaded slow? We do not see any performance issue currently. Please advise, which action resulted in slow loading?

February 09, 2010 03:09 PM #61
Rainmaker
704,617
Real Bird
RealBird Inc. - Redwood City, CA

Gene - Data is through Google Base, which is populated by 3rd party sources including virtual tour companies, single property website companies, large and small brokerages and also by MLSs. Coverage varies from market to market, so the best thing to do is to check out the demo for your market in RealBird and see if the coverage is good for you. Google Base has millions of records nationwide and on many markets it's comparable to your local boards IDX coverage. Please let us know if you need more information.

Thanks

-- Zoltan 

February 09, 2010 03:12 PM #62
Rainmaker
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Mary Weaver
Prudential Lynch Realty, Ruidoso, NM - Ruidoso, NM
Expertise & Knowledge in Ruidoso-Alto Real Estate

This looks like a great tool. Custom search links, and mapping is a good tool for my blog.

Hopefully, Google Base is picking up most of the listing data in my area.  I will be looking further into Realbird search.  Thanks

February 10, 2010 02:14 PM #63
Rainer
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Beverly of Bev & Bob Meaux
Keller Williams Suburban Realty - West Orange, NJ
Where Buying & Selling Works

Really good use of technology and it looks good. Didn't know all of this was possible. I will keep checking it out. Not ready to purchase, but interesting.

February 13, 2010 08:15 PM #64
Rainmaker
704,617
Real Bird
RealBird Inc. - Redwood City, CA

Mary - Thanks. Let us know how it works out for you

Bev and Bob - Glad you like it. If you are not ready to purchase, you can still sign up with RealBird. We have free products as well

Thanks

 

February 13, 2010 08:48 PM #65
Rainmaker
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Maggie Dokic
Special Miami Homes - Miami, FL
CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |

Zoltan, my friend (and yours) Janie Coffey has raved about you for soooooooo long.  I ended up creating a free account but never really using it.  I need to make some time to fully integrate your resources into my marketing. 

The property searches alone and what you can do with them seem incredible.  What valuable tools!  Add to that the marketing available for my listings.  It seems a no-brainer. 

And then Jennifer above states you're working on CRM too?  WOW.  Do you have an ETA on that?  or any further info.  I'd love to find out more about your plans for a CRM solution.

 

March 10, 2010 04:08 AM #66
Rainmaker
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Dana Devine
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Apollo Beach, FL

thanks for sharing with your fellow Realtors..I have book marked it and i am going to put it on my face book page

July 24, 2010 12:06 PM #67
Rainmaker
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Alexander- Slocum
RE/MAX equity group - Vancouver Washington - Vancouver, WA
REMAX Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate
Hello Zoltan, I've been very busy with two large re-coding projects and playing catch-up. I seem to have a problem with the use of your widget. I've created a neighborhood map for a popular subdivision that is about .5 x .75 miles in size. The widget I create will center on a street address, and show most homes that are for sale. However, when I click on the house icon for one of the homes -- the info box does pop up for that house BUT the map re-centers itself to the center of the Zip code -- many miles away. If my prospect did not know which direction to scroll the map to they would be very inefficient in obtaining that home's extra info. Did I miss a set-up step? Thank you! John
November 15, 2010 11:53 AM #68
Rainmaker
704,617
Real Bird
RealBird Inc. - Redwood City, CA

Hi John,

Do you have a sample link we could take a look. The map should not recenter when the info box opens. It pans a little to get the infobox into the viewport, but upon closing, it should move back to the original location. Try one in the map embedded above in the post. If you click on a house icon close to the top of the map, the map pans a little, but after closing the infobox it pans back to the original location. Am I missing something in your scenario? Please share a link and we'll see what might be the problem

Thanks

 

November 15, 2010 12:48 PM #69
Rainmaker
256,463
Alexander- Slocum
RE/MAX equity group - Vancouver Washington - Vancouver, WA
REMAX Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate

Hi Zoltan, here's the page I put it on: Steamboat Landing

I think I've found the problem to lie solely with my MS FrontPage Previewer, and not the live production version.

Sorry about that - I better have another cup of coffee!  Thanks!  John

 

PS - this particular community is gated, and the roving google streetview cameras did not get in.  Would it make sense for the RB flyer to have an Alt Image for these subdivisions (maybe something we local agents could "fine-tune" when we create the flyer)?

November 15, 2010 01:20 PM #70
Rainmaker
704,617
Real Bird
RealBird Inc. - Redwood City, CA

Hi John,

Re: Street View in gated communities - it's a good idea to have local agents provide such optionally, but we'll have to spend some time to figure out how to best implement this. I am afraid that it won't be used too much, but nevertheless, it's a good idea. BTW: a brand new RealBird listing website is in the development process (retains all existing features and will add more)

Thanks !

November 16, 2010 01:48 PM #71
Rainmaker
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Alexander- Slocum
RE/MAX equity group - Vancouver Washington - Vancouver, WA
REMAX Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate

Thank you for checking into this.  I understand the effort vs reward for exceptions... and am looking forward to the new listing website!

November 17, 2010 04:13 PM #72
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Alexander- Slocum
RE/MAX equity group - Vancouver Washington - Vancouver, WA
REMAX Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate
Zoltan, as I'm further implementing these widgets I'm finding for the mountainous part of my service area that it would be much preferred to have the map start out in Terrain view, instead of flat-earth view. I've tried to set the widget that way but it defaults to flat-earth when my web-page loads. Is there something I'm missing or, a way to let Terrain view stick? Thanks! John
November 19, 2010 02:55 PM #73
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