Agents will have to really start paying for Google Maps The company announced a 1400 percent price hike to the sevice
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Residential agents who use Google Maps on their websites and to bolster their listings are bracin爱上海龙凤419桑拿 g for an unprecedented price increase to the service.
The Google Maps application programming interface, or API, allows agents and brokers to embed maps into listings on their sites, which gives interested buyers a view of the surrounding neighborhoods. Now, Google says it will impose a 1400 percent price hike for the embedding servic上海贵族宝贝 e, according to GeoAwesomeness, a geospatial technology blog.
Users were previously given 25,000 free hits to pages featuring the map爱上海同城论坛 s serv爱上海同城 ice per day, but will now be forced to pay $200 per 28,000 page views a month. The API will be unusable without attached credit card information.
While Google said it would offer the first month free, the imposed fee could force firms to lean on alternatives, including maps services provided by Bing, Apple Maps or OpenStreetMap.
Morgan Carey, chief executive of Real Estate Webmasters, a company that makes websites for real estate firms, said that for one of his clients with over 1,000 agents, the price hike could impose a $5,600 fee.
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