A few years ago I was looking for low cost houses that I could invest in as rental properties and I found one that sounded great, going by the story the Real Estate Agent told in their book of current properties they sent me. The house was in a town that was about 120 km from my home.
So I got in the car and off I went to check out this property that would give me a good investment return, that I could afford to buy. The pictures of the inside of the house looked pretty good and I thought it would have been a great buy for a first home buyer.
It had a shared driveway with another house and as I drove up the driveway, I got the shock of my life! The house in front of it had two rusted out car wrecks in the back yard that the property’s lounge looked out on, and 4 dogs that looked like pitbulls tied to a line barking their heads off at me as I cruised up the driveway.
No wonder the house was cheap! It may have been very nice inside, but who would want to live there.
Now where I really kicked myself as a location based services evangelist is that I looked it up on Google Maps, but I didn’t go into satellite view or street view. This isn’t the house, I can’t remember the address, but it illustrates how I could have saved myself a day on the road, gallons of petrol, simply by spending 2 minutes on Google Maps.
So next time you are house hunting and looking at places you might want to check out, save yourself some time and money using this simple free tool. It’s so obvious isn’t it. Would you want to live next door to this property?