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Street Views On Tours are Essential – Here’s How To Embed A Street View

August 1st, 2012

For the last month my wife Levi an I have been looking for a rental property in Portland, OR. As a property buyer I’ve discovered the fantastic improvements that Google has made in the last few years to street view. Zillow, Trulia and other big real estate sites have widely implemented street view and as a home buyer I think a Google street view should be embedded in every tour and on every listing page out there.

A street view lets you look at the property you are considering,  look at the surrounding properties and even virtually walk down the street in the path of the Google street view vehicle has traveled. This is incredibly valuable to a potential property buyer! You can check out the neighborhood with out physically going there. On the street view of my street my neighbor is standing on his front sidewalk gawking at the Google scanning vehicle go by! I’m envious, I’d love to be on a street view!

It’s extremely easy to just grab the HTML to embed the street view in a tour or listing page just like I’ve done here on the upper right. Here’s how you get the embed HTML for a street view:

  1. Go to maps.google.com and enter the address you want to look at.
  2. Click on the red address marker on the resulting map (it will probably have the letter A on it). This will bring up a little pop-up window. If there’s a street view for this address there will be a little thumbnail in the pop-up with the words “street view” below it. The words “street view” is a link that if clicked will display the street view for this address. Click the “street view” link.
  3. While looking at the street view there is a white side-bar on the left with a little printer icon and link icon at the upper right side of the side-bar. If you click the link icon a little window will come up just to the right of the side-bar that has the words “Customize and preview embedded map“.  Click on those words and a pop-up will appear that allows you to customize the size of the street view window. At the bottom of the pop-up window there’s a area that has all the embed HTML to copy. Copy it and put it in a convenient place in your tour.
Note that not every address has a street view but most addresses in medium to large size cities around the world have street views. Google will have to have driven one of their automatic 360 scanning cameras that takes continuous 360 views down the street before a street view is available for an address.
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7 Responses to “Street Views On Tours are Essential – Here’s How To Embed A Street View”

  • Really great concept! However, I tried it for 4 addresses and each one only had earth or satellite. I did put in 2 commercial addresses and they both popped up with street view.
    Did you know if you do 360 x360 photos you can get certfied as a GCF – google certified photographer. Its not an easy process – lots of technical testing, but for those of you looking for extra income and live in one of the four test cities – you might want to look into it.

  • Neat concept. I too had to try a couple of addresses but when it connects, it is really cool. I found that I had to “drive” a bit to get right in front of the house.

    One question tho. Is this use OK w Google? Here’s their “Restrictions”.

    2. Restrictions on Use. Unless you have received prior written authorization from Google (or, as applicable, from the provider of particular Content), you must not:
    (a) copy, translate, modify, or make derivative works of the Content or any part thereof;
    (b) redistribute, sublicense, rent, publish, sell, assign, lease, market, transfer, or otherwise make the Products or Content available to third parties;
    (c) reverse engineer, decompile or otherwise attempt to extract the source code of the Service or any part thereof, unless this is expressly permitted or required by applicable law;
    (d) use the Products in a manner that gives you or any other person access to mass downloads or bulk feeds of any Content, including but not limited to numerical latitude or longitude coordinates, imagery, and visible map data;
    (e) delete, obscure, or in any manner alter any warning or link that appears in the Products or the Content; or
    (f) use the Service or Content with any products, systems, or applications for or in connection with (i) real time navigation or route guidance, including but not limited to turn-by-turn route guidance that is synchronized to the position of a user’s sensor-enabled device; or (ii) any systems or functions for automatic or autonomous control of vehicle behavior;
    (g) use the Products to create a database of places or other local listings information.

  • @Bob- My interpretation is that when you use the embed code that, I explained how to use, you don’t violate Google restrictions… The embed code links to their content. You are not copying their content. Other wise why would they offer their embed HTML on each street view page?

  • Larry,
    You said,
    “Copy it and put it in a convenient place in your tour.”
    Where is a convenient place? Is there an Icon added to click?
    I use Tourbuzz but don’t understand your instructions.
    Thks for a reply.
    Bud

  • @Bud- You can only add this to your tours if you create your own custom tours. Of course it’s best if it’s integrated into the tour but some tours you can put HTML in the description field.

  • This is a great idea! Thanks Larry

  • It is a good idea to look at the street view picture before you put it on a listing. The street view pictures are not too fresh in most cases and any work done to smarten up the landscaping and increase the curb appeal is not going to show up unless you are very, very lucky.

    All of the agent pictures I have seen that try to depict the street on a listing, frankly, suck. There isn’t enough resolution and they are shot at a wide angle. Has there been any research to find out if the street pictures have any bearing on purchase or visiting frequency? When I see them, I put them on my don’t bother list. For video I can see a drive up segment having some merit, but not for stills.

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