My Google maps example for a featured foreclosed property

Updated on April 6, 2011 by 26 Comments

I was blown away by how one can easily use Google Maps to feature foreclosed properties for sale. I stumbled on this yesterday when I had to create a vicinity map for a foreclosed property when I got an inquiry. Checkout the example below and let me know what you think.

In this example, I featured a foreclosed vacant lot located at Senator Gil Puyat Avenue (formerly Buendia) corner Malugay Street, Makati City, Philippines. I have never used Google Maps to feature a property before, which is why I was very pleasantly surprised and I really liked what I saw!

If you will notice, I was even able to embed an interactive map in this post. Nice!

Google maps example for a foreclosed lot for sale (The view below is what you will see after you click on the marker in the center. You can also click and drag any part of the map)

View Foreclosed vacant lot in Makati in a larger map

I was really impressed! Obviously, I’m very excited about this!

If you would like to use Google maps for your own property you are selling, and want to know how I did it, I will create a tutorial on how to use Google Maps next.

By the way, the foreclosed property in the example above is real, I am really selling it. Let me know if you have a buyer or just get in touch with me through my mobile number as indicated in the map for more details. Brokers/agents/referrals are welcome!


To our success and financial freedom!

Jay Castillo

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PS. It’s been 5 days since my last post, sorry about that. Been busy working on some deals, and we also just finished moving. Expect listings from BDO, Star properties, and some Tax Delinquent properties from Quezon City in the next few days.

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  • phil

    thanks Jay for giving us tips on how to use the google map on that way..

  • Jun

    Thanks Jay for sharing with us.

  • John Perkins

    That’s cool! Check out what I did with Google Earth. – Well that and the Full-Motion Video that showcases the home and area. Best, John

  • Engr. Mets (Fiameto S. Baring)

    Good afternoon Jay (Mr. Jay Castillo),

    If you can create asap a tutorial on how to use the Google Maps, I think everyone will appreciate same very much, especially those who are not so knowledgeable in preparing vicinity/location maps.

    God bless and thank you.

  • Jay Castillo

    Actually Shaun all accredited brokers(and their respective agents) can market this property. You can also market this under me if you want… hehe!

  • Shaun

    iba k talaga boss Jay, 780 Million ??!? sana maging big time din kami kagaya mo 😀

    God bless!

  • Shaun

    I’ve been using (which I think is also owned by google) for searching or featuring listed properties so one may boast how close the property is to nearby businesses. you may also changed the map type to see the street names (see link for sample)

    • Jay Castillo

      Thanks a lot Shaun for the tip and the link! I’ll also start using Wikimapia.

  • Roel Vergel

    Yup., i saw this Lot already, Good Location in Malugay! google is indeed a Big Help!

    • Jay Castillo

      Hi Roel, yes, we can use it for our marketing, including this lot! 😉

  • Peterson Uy

    Hey alam ko ang lot na ito! if you can see the building: “The World Centre” diyan dati ang office ng boss ko when I worked in Makati! hahaha!

    Pero seriously, that lot is a nice one talaga, it’s a great find sir Jay! its near a hospital, a clinic, sports facilities (badminton & golf), cafe’s (mga Starbucks), Mapua, a Jollibee restaurant (lagi ako dun dati haha!), Salcedo park and condo’s and residential areas :) lagi ko yan nakikita dati pero I didn’t know it was foreclosed pala :)

    About google maps, i’ve been wondering if there’s a way to place tags on places and describe those tags, akala ko wikimap lang ang mayroong ganoon, meron din pala sa google maps :)

    • Jay Castillo

      Hi Peterson, yes this is in a nice location, although it has a creek at the back. A cemetery is also adjacent to it, but if you think about it, SMDC’s Jazz residences is rigjht beside that cemetery. :-)

      This hac been for sale for a long time, in fact this already had an approved offer before when I inquired, but somehow it’s for sale again.

      Regarding Wikimapia, yeah, anyone can also place tags and people can even make comments. It’s good you mentioned wikimapia, I’ll use it also. Thanks! 😉

  • Guai Crisostomo

    Duh… where have you been all this time? I thought this is so, so common knowledge specially among, of all people, brokers!

    • gleceper

      Sounds like someone is having a bad day? Peace mate 😉

      • Jay Castillo

        I wish comments had a like button just like facebook! Thanks mate!

    • Jay Castillo

      Dear Ms. Guai,

      Thank you for the comment. We have been using google maps ever since we started real estate investing(yes, I invest in real estate, although I am also a licensed broker), in that sense, google maps is common knowledge to investors and brokers alike.

      However, the ability to feature properties like how I did with the example above is new to me and fellow investors, as mentioned in their comments above. Before I thought we needed a special API to do this just like how does this.

      Sorry if my post made you feel like I have been living under a rock. We would appreciate any more tips from you. Please enlighten us with other tips you might be willing to share with us all, we would really appreciate it.

  • gleceper

    Hi Jay,

    Wow laking tulong nito!

    I used google map everytime i need more details of a “prospect” property. There i get a bird’s eye-view of the environment, know the street ins and outs of the location , near-by establishments , etc.

    Investing has never been this great using this tool . Google map and REI rocks!

    • Jay Castillo

      Yup, this adds a lot of functionality to how we used google maps before. Cheers Bro!

  • Mario

    Thanks sir Jay

    • Jay Castillo

      You’re welcome Mario, Thanks for the comment.

  • Bryan Uy

    Hi Jay!

    This is very impressive.:) I wonder how you bumped into this interesting technique. Can it be used for marketing, i.e., keyword search of Google?

    Thanks for sharing bro!

    • Jay Castillo

      Hi Bryan, actually I thought about this after I used of Edge and Laurence.

      I’m not yet sure how effective this is for SEO. This will not appear in the google maps search results. It is only useful if you send the link of your own map edits which you have made public.

      I’ll share more info in the tutorial.

      Bu the way, it was great to chat with you over coffee last week! Thanks again for the apple fritters. =)

  • Ronald Cagape

    That’s cool, Jay. I haven’t used Google Maps in that way either. Usually I just use it to post a map to the area but I don’t use descriptive markers. Looking forward to that tutorial.

    • Jay Castillo

      Yup, that’s also how I used it before. Thanks again for the guest post!

  • Allan

    Hi Jay! Nice one, I didn’t know Google maps are that good. Thanks for the tip!

    • Jay Castillo

      You’re welcome Allan. Yup, we’ve been using google maps but I’ve never used it like this, I’m glad I found this feature.