Maps & Comps
Tips and tricks with mapping programs • by John Cirincione, SRA
Measure properties using 3-D imagery
in Google Earth Pro — for free
Google Maps has, for very good reasons,
become one of the most popular mapping
tools for both personal and professional
use. Lesser known is Google Earth, which
offers both standard and Pro versions.
Appraisers will find a lot to like in the Pro
version — especially a measurement tool
and an imagery tool. They’ll also like the
price: free. Google previously charged $399
for the Pro version but eliminated the cost
in 2015, so this is a no-brainer.
The Ruler tool allows users to measure the
height, width and area of 3-D buildings and
elevation profiles, as well as the distance
between buildings and other places.
The Historical Imagery tool automatically displays current images, but it also
enables users to see how buildings and
places have changed over time by giving
them access to past versions of a map
on a customized timeline. Users can tilt
and rotate their view to see buildings or
objects in 3-D.
The Sunlight tool lets users see the
effects of the sun and sunlight across a
building, property or landscape.
Additional features allow users to:
• Print high-resolution images for
presentations and reports.
• Import and map property addresses.
• Import large vector image files to map
• Produce multimedia content.
Google Earth Pro is a stand-alone
application that needs to be downloaded.
It differs from Google Maps in that it’s a
virtual globe for exploring, not necessarily
for getting directions.
E Find tutorials and case studies and
see how others have used the many cool
features of Google Earth Pro on Google and
You Tube. E Download Google Earth Pro
E Have a mapping tool or tip? Send
me your suggestions at jcirincione
About the Author
John Cirincione, SRA, is chief
Google casts a Wi-Fi net over
appraiser for Collateral Analytics,
which develops real estate
analytics products and tools for
appraisers, financial institutions, institutional
and retail investors, and property capital
homes, small offices
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