I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to go through a foreclosure. Just imagine the humiliation if everyone you knew found out about your foreclosure? Now you don’t have to imagine it, you can Google it! Google now gives you the ability to search for foreclosures on Google Maps. Not only is Google Maps offering misery mapping options, but Zillow.com, Trulia.com, and Realtor.com are offer foreclosure searches too. The map shows every foreclosure for sale in the Dallas, Texas area. If you move your mouse pointer to one of the red dots, you’ll see the address and the word FORECLOSURE just below it. How’s that for adding insult to injury. Besides the foreclosed homeowners, I’m sure the banks aren’t too happy with this information getting out either since foreclosed houses are vacant houses. Of course I’m sure house-squatting vagrants will love this new search feature.
I think mapping misery is just in poor taste.
Sadly, what comes next? Will Google, Zillow, Trulia and Realtor.com offer the ability to search for properties based on deaths or divorces? How far is too far?
In February, 2011, Google stopped tracking real estate on Google Maps. Luckily your foreclosed house will not show up on Google at least.