How To Obtain A Street View Of A Property Using Google Maps

In many instances there may be a need to obtain street view shots of specific properties for either reference or marketing purposes on listings.  

One way to obtain street views of property or even create short video presentations of properties being sold can be achieved by using Google Maps.com and executing the following instructions.

Note: The following instructions work successfully on standard computer equipment such as desk top and lap top computers and may operate a bit differently using Chrome Books and/or Mac hardware.

Step 1) Access Google Maps To Enter Property Address Or Location

Access Google Maps by entering – ‘https://www.google.com/maps’  in the address bar of any browser. 

Once Google Maps has been accessed successfully a screen similar to the following will be displayed as shown:

Step 2) Enter Property Address, Latitude/ Longitude Coordinates Or Location Information

Either of the following types of search criteria can be entered into Google Maps to locate a specific property for display:

      • Property Address: Example – 1911 Xelda Avenue North, Lehigh Acres, FL
      • Latitude/ Longitude Coordinates: Example – 26.632217, -81.696555
      • Location: Example – Grand Canyon National Park Arizona

For this illustration we will use a specific Property Address.  Enter the Property Address in the ‘Search Google Maps’ box as shown:

Note: If a valid Property Address, Latitude/ Longitude Coordinates or Location is entered, Google Maps will process the entry immediately and migrate to that specific location. This will be noted by the RED Balloon highlighting the specific address found by Google Maps.

Step 2) Select The Satellite Display Of The Entry

Select the Satellite version display of the specific address, latitude/ longitude coordinates or location as shown:

Once the Satellite view of the specific address or location is displayed, the RED Balloon will still be seen highlighting the specific address or location as shown: 

Step 3) Zoom In On Image And Select ‘Google Man’ For Street View

It is often necessary to ‘Zoom In‘ on the Satellite view in order to successfully see the street view of property prior to selecting the ‘Google Man’.  Use the ‘Zoom In‘ / ‘Zoom Out‘ feature as shown:

Once zoomed in, select the ‘Google Man‘ by left-clicking and dragging to the specific location to start the Street View display as shown:

Step 4) Drag And Drop ‘Google Man’ At Location For Street View

Drag and drop the ‘Google Man’ to the specific location where you wish to obtain the street view. Left-click and drag the ‘Google Man’ to the specific location and simply release the left-click to DROP the ‘Google Man’! 

Important #1:  After selecting, (left-clicking) and dragging the ‘Google Man’, if the streets at or near the address and/or latitude / longitude locations DO NOT turn blue, this indicates that a Google Car has never driven down that street; therefore, NO street views can be obtained!

Important #2: After selecting, (left-clicking) and dragging the ‘Google Man’, if the streets turn blue; but, after releasing the ‘Google Man’ the image does NOT successfully show the street view, you may need to ‘Zoom In’ a bit closer to actually show the street view!

A street view can be successfully obtained if you see an image similar to the following:

Step 5) Once Street View Is Shown Move Around The Immediate Area

The Street View should display as follows at the selected location where the ‘Google Man’ was dropped as shown:

Once the Street View is successfully displayed, you can move around and view the immediate area by holding down the Cntrl-Key on a standard keyboard and Left-Clicking and holding down the left-click on the computer mouse simultaneously to move around the area.

Locate the Cntrl-Key and Left-Click on mouse as shown:

Set Property Location Option (Land)

Most vacant land lots do not have a property street address which is typically assigned to a property only after a building permit has been filed.

It is likely that the County will only provide you with partial property location information, for example…

  • Property’s Township, Section, and Range numbers and legal description
  • And perhaps a Property Zipcode and street name

Other Counties may just provide you with a copy of the Plat Map (Showing roads in the area and the lot location), or access to their GIS system (which is preferable).

If the county does not give you the GPS coordinates, or A complete property address then… Hover over the options icon of A record in the Investment Dominator and click the ‘Set Property Location’ option.

Using the county GIS system as a reference find the cross streets closest to the property and zoom out to see the city name.

Enter the cross streets, the city, and state name into the search bar and click the blue ‘Find‘ button.

An interactive map will appear and you can hold down your Ctrl key on your keyboard while rotating your computer mouse wheel control to zoom in and out of the map.

  • Use These Pan And Zoom Controls On The Map To Locate The Parcel
  • Left-Click the Parcel To Add A Pin Marker
  • Click The Blue ‘Save Pin Location‘ Button To Save The Location of The Property.

NOTE: At this point, you should see that the ‘Property Zip’ field is filled out.