Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Google will no longer support real estate listing in 2011

Search giant Google will no longer support real estate listings uploaded to its classifed listings site on Google Maps, the company announced today.Consumers will no longer be able to find for-sale, foreclosure, or rental properties through the search function on Google Maps, and real estate professionals will no longer be able to upload their listings to Google Base, the company's classifieds site, which is being replaced by Google Shopping APIs and will not support real estate listings."In part due to low usage, the proliferation of excellent property-search tools on real estate websites, and the infrastructure challenge posed by the impending retirement of the Google Base API, we've decided to discontinue the real estate feature within Google Maps on February 10, 2011," the company said in a blog post. Home seekers can still use "Google search results to find helpful real estate information and websites" as well as view local businesses, directions and transit times through Google Maps and explore neighborhoods through Google Street View, the company added.
"This does not come as a surprise to me. Even with Google's huge audience, it shows having listing data is clearly not enough to deliver a good real estate search experience and build audience," said Pete Flint, CEO and co-founder of property search site Trulia.
The company added that Google's removal of listings data will not affect its mobile application, which uses the Google Maps API.

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

HOUSTON 2010 We are No 1#, What is instore for 2011????

2010 Houston ranks as No. 1 manufacturing city in U.S.

Houston is the No. 1 manufacturing employer in the country, with 228,226 employed in the industry, Manufacturers' News Inc. reported.

Houston's nearly 230,000 manufacturing jobs topped the nation, according to the Manufacturers' News Inc. report. The industrial directory publisher ranked cities according to number of factory jobs, using Standard Industrial Classifications and including oil and gas exploration categories.

Texas overall dominated the ranking. Dallas ranked No. 6 with 81,626 positions, while San Antonio was No. 17 with 52,039 people. Austin came in at No. 26 with 43,103 workers. Manufacturing accounts for about 9 percent of jobs in Houston.

New York was the second largest factory employer with 139,127 jobs followed by Chicago with 108,692 and Los Angeles with 83,719.

Cities that registered notable changes since 2008 included Detroit, falling to No. 45 from No. 29; Seattle, which has moved up to 34th from 46th; and St. Louis, which overtook Cincinnati as the nation's fifth-largest manufacturing employer.

Since August 2008, the nation's top 10 industrial cities have lost a total of 95,805 manufacturing jobs, or 8.4 percent, according to the report.

Things are moving up and now is rthe time to lock in reantl rates!!!!  Good time to BUY!!!!! as well!!

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