A new Australian website has just been launched offering a decidedly different property search interface to market leader realestate.com.au and number two portal domain.com.au. mappedrealestate.com.au combines a Google Maps based search with data aggregated through real estate search engine suburbview.com to provide property listings across Australia.
From the front page, users are invited to choose a capital city to begin their search. Once chosen, demographic data is displayed next to a Google Maps view of the city, and users then choose to browse properties for sale or rent.
A list next to the map shows the property's price, address and number of bedrooms, and once clicked the map scrolls to the property’s location and shows a link to the original listing along with options to save the listing, email it to a friend or send it to Facebook.
The website currently includes 178,926 properties for sale and 55,681 for rent. Users can also access 8379 suburb profiles that provide data such as median sale and rent prices, median age and monthly income.
Founder Jason Kotchoff says he plans to offer pay-for-performance prioritised listings and free standard listings if the website gathers traffic, but does not intend to open the website to private listings.