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Google property launched in the UK but would it work in the overseas market place?

Posted by jamesdearsley on June 17, 2010

So the big day has arrived. The moment that some had feared, some had fascinated about and some had meerly been curious. Google launched their property “portal” search function on the Google Map platform.

Having been fascinated by the progress they were making for some time now (it was an immediate give away when Street View launched) and having written about it back in July last year I felt I had to comment once more. If you want to try it click here as it is well worth it but to be honest it is what I would call a “Ronseal Ryanair” website in that it does exactly what it says it will with the little or no additional features. Read the rest of this entry »

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Is Google getting worried?

Posted by jamesdearsley on January 28, 2010

Is Google Worried?

I was last night at a presentation given by Nick Tadd (@nicktadd) who is always an entertaining speaker and well versed in the world of Social Media/Networking but it got me thinking last night about whether Google are starting to get worried about the future of “search”. At the end of the day, it is arguably their main earner and how they built their reputation. Could we be seeing the beginning of the end? Read the rest of this entry »

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Changes in technology past and present and the affect on Real Estate

Posted by jamesdearsley on January 7, 2010

I distinctly remember my early days of working through applicant cards when dealing with potential buyers. They were fantastic times until you went on holiday for a week to come back to an empty applicant box as all your colleagues had mysteriously nabbed all of your applicants.  

I then remember the day that computers started to take over and the first so-called CRM system. It was terrible and I longed for the day when I could go back to my simple applicant cards (they were a lot faster too!). However, I remember the day that my then company, Foxtons, worked alongside CISCO systems at great expense , and started to actually build a personalised CRM system. It changed the way that I worked for life and it changed my perspective on the way that technology could not only aid the real estate market but the whole business world. Read the rest of this entry »

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Is Google taking over the Real Estate World as well?

Posted by jamesdearsley on July 7, 2009

There has been all manner of talk over the last few days about Google making huge strides in the Real Estate World and trying to take over from Property Portals in promoting property for sale. I, for one, have to say that I can see why Property Portals would worry. Read the rest of this entry »

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