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ApartmentRatings integrates Google Maps

Renters can now search listings using city maps

ApartmentRatings.com, a Web site that helps renters find better apartments, has put Google on the map – or rather, has added Google Maps. Renters now have the ability to search for apartments by exploring city maps on the company's site. According to ApartmentRatings, it is the first major apartment Web site to release an integration with Google Maps API. Google announced availability of the Google Maps API for third-party developers on June 29. The ApartmentRatings.com maps integration, which launched today, debuts in time to assist renters at the height of the 2005 apartment-hunting season, the company said. ApartmentRatings isn't the only real estate entity to integrate Google Maps. Just one example: A new Web site, CostWhat.com, uses Google mapping technology to map properties that recently sold in Cooks County, Ill. Unlike Housingmaps.com, which displays Craigslist.org postings on Google Maps, ApartmentRatings.com displays maps of nearly 50,000 apartments nationwide a...

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