Hacker Connect January 16 in New York
An event for and by the real estate tech community

SAN FRANCISCO -- Google isn't looking to take on the role of a "universal MLS," but is developing increasingly sophisticated search tools that will someday allow consumers to snap a picture of a house and conduct a "visual search" for information about it and similar properties. Briefing attendees of Inman News' Real Estate Connect San Francisco, Carter Maslan, Google's director of product management, provided a big-picture overview of where real estate fits into the company's overall strategy. "What we are doing in real estate is really (no different than) what we are doing in (other areas of) local search," Maslan said. If there's a property for sale, wherever it's mentioned on the Web -- whether on "Rotten Neighborhoods" or Tru...