While property searches based on Google's mapping platform are becoming cliché in the online real estate marketplace, they certainly are not passé. DROdio Real Estate Inc. of Arlington, Va., has integrated the mapping tool with real-time data from the regional multiple listing service, providing updated maps of for-sale properties in the Greater Washington, D.C., area at BirdsEyeSearch.com. Daniel Rubén Odio-Páez, founder of DROdio, said that to his knowledge the site is the only modified Google Maps tool that is connected to MLS-supplied data. "It's a brave new world," he said. "I had to go through a whole approval process to get the direct MLS feed but it was approved." The map-based search site is still in its formative stages and Odio-Páez said he is planning to make some changes to simplify searches based on city, state and zip code information. There are several other property-search Web sites that are also integrated with modified Google Maps platforms,...
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