For Sale By Owner Site Offers Google Street View

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Seeking an edge against competing real estate sites,, a residential real estate search engine, has incorporated Google Maps Street View into its property listings. claims to be the first national FSBO site to offer the feature that allows prospective home buyers to take a virtual walk down the street and tour the surrounding neighborhood.

The combination presents Google's view of a particular property from the road and lets users virtually pivot around to see the surrounding area. It works in the dozens of cities where Google has supplied imagery for its Street View service. While Fizber real estate listings already provide satellite imagery of homes as well as Google Maps, Street View goes further by providing a more immersive experience.

It's nothing that couldn't have been done manually before by typing an address into a separate window with the Google view, or likely even with an on-page mashup, but having the curbside vantage readily available is certainly handy.

Since the price of a typical home in the United States continues to drop, is helping home sellers who don't want to lose even more of their home's value by paying a 6 percent commission to a real estate broker. By providing online marketing, flat-rate MLS services, instant home appraisals and access to legal forms, offers all FSBO tools that homeowners need to market and sell their home in today's tough real estate market.

About is the nation's leading "for sale by owner" website. The company charges a modest fee for its wide range of advertising and real estate resources, priced from $49 to $499. In contrast, a person selling a $300,000 home through a real estate agent would be charged a 6% commission fee and pay approximately $18,000. Prospective homebuyers can browse property database, available at, at no charge.


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