The latest version of Bing Maps has brought some new features. A couple of really cool ones are the Streetside view and a Freehand drawing tool.
Similar to Google’s StreetView, Bing’s Streetside provides a 360-degree panorama of street-level scenes.
To see it in action you first need to be viewing a map. From here select the view icon then choose STREETSIDE:
A little dude will appear and the streets light up in blue. The blue means STREETSIDE view is available. Select (click or tap) on any street highlighted in blue:
Et voilà! It’s as if you are standing in the middle of the street!
Time to sharpen your drawing skills. Previously when selecting an area on our maps you were limited to a rectangle, a circle (radius) or a polygon shape. With the freehand tool, all you have to do is draw the shape. Give it try by selecting FREEHAND from the search icon.
To begin drawing either click and drag with your mouse or use your finger on a touchscreen.
One last thing.
Microsoft is still working on the Birdseye view in Bing Map V8. This means a few things.
One: it is only available in some areas and won’t be included in the View options where it isn’t.
Two: where it is available and you are viewing it, the CRS Map Layers aren’t available
Three: if Birdseye is selected as your default map view in PROFILE & SETTINGS but it isn’t available in the area you are viewing then the Road view will display.
Four: Automatic is no longer available as a map view. Reminder: Automatic would alternate between Aerial, Birdseye, or Road depending on your zoom level and area
CRS is the public records database integrated into Paragon. You come across CRS when entering your listings and reviewing results. You can access the database by clicking the “Tax” menu in Paragon and selecting “CRS:Property Search” or in the Member Benefits section of the NEREN Dashboard.
The data available in CRS comes from the counties and towns. Some features available to you are obtaining current owner, mortgage history and other tax records, as well as a map showing FEMA Flood Zones and recent sales in an area, and also creating mailing labels.
Another feature is a quick CMA. CRS will automatically find comps based on a property you searched for; however, you also have the ability to run a search and obtain your own comps for a quick CMA. In running your own search, the most recent CRS update allows you to include up to 3 specific listings.
Here you can run a search based on price range, sale date, style and more, as well as select specific properties to include as comps.
As you type, options will appear for selection, as long as the addresses you are searching for are in the same county as your original property.
Once you run the search, you’ll find results that include the 1-3 properties you chose, as well as what the system found based on your search criteria.
A second update allows you to customize the order of columns in the result views. Simply click and hold on the headers of each column to drag and drop to your preferred order.
At the bottom of the list, you can print or export the data and it will display in you preferred order.
For more information on the features available within CRS, be sure to watch CRS Overview on Youtube or access the Help Topics available within CRS.