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Many people are impressed by the map searches at sites like , ,,,, . 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 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 far more enjoyable and practical to use.

I would love to hear what others think!

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