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(Updated October 2012)

Real Estate professionals are embracing global positioning system (GPS) solutions as a time-saving investment. GPS technology is beneficial for REALTORS® because it can provide turn-by-turn spoken directions, access to MLS data, the ability to queue up numerous properties at once, detailed neighborhood maps, and more. This field guide contains general information about GPS, its usage in real estate, and future trends that will keep REALTORS® in the know. (M. Glick, Senior Information Specialist)

GPS and Real Estate

How REALTORS® Can Use a Garmin fenix GPS Watch to Navigate Property with Pinpoint Precision, (prweb.com, July. 2012).

MRIS to Launch First-of-its-Kind GPS-Based Mobile App for Real Estate Professionals, (rismedia.com, 2012).

Musing GPS Tours in Real Estate to Enhance the Buyers Perception of Community, (travelbygps.com, 2012).

GPS for REALTORS®: Time is Money, (CeleraNetworks.com, Aug. 2011).

GPS Real Estate in Rural Markets, (About.com, 2010).

GPS technology lets buyers search real estate listing from any cell phone, (AzBiz, Feb. 2010).

Don't Make Your GPS a Theft Magnet, (REALTOR® Magazine Online, May 2008).

GPS Trends

For Best Navigation, Use Car GPS and a Smartphone Together, (About.com, 2012).

GPS Gets Personal: Japanese Engineers Build GPS into Glasses, (PCWorld, Aug. 2010).

CRT Tech Guide Part 1, (Center for REALTOR® Technology, Mar. 16, 2010).

Social Networking by Cellphone; More Companies Roll Out GPS Services That Locate Your Friends—Or Your Kids, (Wall Street Journal, Jan. 16, 2007).  Q

A Phone App for Real Estate Fanatics, (smarteragent.com, Jan. 22, 2007).

Pharos announces GPS phone—no, really, that's the name, (Engadget.com, Jan. 2007).

eBooks & Other Resources


The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

Aerial Mapping Websites (Overdrive Audiobook)

GPS for Dummies (Adobe eReader)

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