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I'm house-hunting at the moment and I'm trying to geek it out er I mean streamline the decision-making process.

I'm currently using google maps's "my maps" feature to store pins to properties. I create one map per estate agent, then put relevant into into the individual pins. The idea being, I can look at the map and quickly choose which property to view next.

However the pins don't currently link back to the map they're owned by, so you have to hunt a bit to get the estate agent info, it's a hassle to get all maps displayed in a new session if you have lots of agents, and each pin doesn't automatically show its bubble so you have to do lots of clicking to see all the info you want.

I've tried Evernote, but despite its tag system initially showing some promise, I can't find a way to seemlessly integrate maps. A few google searches don't turn anything up either.

Even the big sites, like http://www.rightmove.co.uk, don't seem to provide any maps integration by default. You can see an individual house's location, but not all results of a search.

So is there a web site or windows program I could use to do something like this? Viewing all properties on a map is a must, as is quick access to contact details.

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zeemaps can do this:

Zeemaps.com

Its a google maps mashup that lets you build annotated maps. Looks like they also have specific features for house-hunt type maps.

I also found MapLib.net, similarly lets you annotate google maps (or any other sort of map apparently)

http://www.maplib.net/

Has options to keep the map private if you poke around.

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Do you have a Wave account? The Map gadget in Wave is quite nifty, and you can keep all your notes there as well.

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No I don't have an account - do you have an invite? :) What's privacy like in Wave? –  tenpn Oct 6 '09 at 13:06
    
I'm afraid I'm out of invites at the moment. I don't know the details of the privacy story, but as far as I'm aware, if you don't invite anyone else to your wave, they won't be able to see it. –  Jon Skeet Oct 6 '09 at 13:30
    
I wouldn't be to sure. Google Voice voice mails were supposed to be private and yet they appeared in public search. –  MrStatic Oct 21 '09 at 6:28
    
afray, I have a few Google Wave invites left and I agree, the Map gadget is pretty cool. Check my profile for the best way to get in touch. –  briealeida Nov 8 '09 at 16:14

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