Maps or Text Search – What does Cool Mean?

Many people are impressed by the map searches at sites like www.redfin.com , www.trulia.com , www.homepages.com, www.zillow.com, www.realestateabc.com, . I do agree that these sites are fascinating and are generally a great tool for consumers. That said I have always found actually usability, at least with respect to browsing homes, leaves a lot to be desired.

So why am I bringing this up you might ask, well recently I ran across a UK site that I found rather amazing. It is amazing in the same way that Google is amazing. It has an extremely simple interface, is lighting fast, predictive and intuitive. The site http://www.extate.com gives you an extremely austere screen that simply asks “Where are you searching” Typing any letter instantly produces a drop down of relevant locations and the number of listings in each. This just isn’t simply the entire list though, if you type a second letter even more refined locations (with less listing) will appear. I am not overly familiar with the geography of the UK but a quick inspection seems to indicate a highly usable system.

Once you click through the link you will find you can refine your search by price, bedrooms and agents. The refinements are speedy and cool. There is a also a system of “Tags” that allow you to look for specific features of a target property. All in all, this site rocks!

Personally, for all the money that the first sites I mentioned have spent, I find http://www.extate.com far more enjoyable and practical to use.

 I would love to hear what others think!

More about the guy that developed the site http://www.morewhite.com/archives/12

5 Responses to Maps or Text Search – What does Cool Mean?

  1. Eron Wright says:

    I love the combination of location-based and tag-based navigation. Note how the locations and tags are additive.

    The back button works well and as-expected thanks to good use of AJAX.

    Check out the command-line of sorts in the upper-right; edit your location at will.

    Point2 could approximate tags today with the a listing’s feature list.

    Great site!

  2. Jay Thompson says:

    I think it’s brilliant! Map searches work OK if someone knows exactly where they want to look. But we have a lot of relocating clients that have no clue where to begin with a map search in a metro area the size of Phoenix.

    Extate is simplistic yet powerful. There’s a lot to be said for that…

    So Brendan, when can I have a search like this on my Point2 site? 🙂

  3. beldon says:

    thank you for your work

  4. cool computer chair…

    I am not sure if this is true but ……

  5. John Willnot says:

    I love the site, but I am wondering how does the site match the tags it collects when crawling to the correct position on the google map?

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