If you're thinking of buying a property, chances are you're already using Google Maps features like Street View to scope out the neighbourhood. A new real estate feature now lets you track houses for sale (or rent) in a given area.
The basic real estate search screen linked below just lets you enter a suburb and shows the location of featured properties, but once you've hit a location you can refine the search via price, number of bedrooms or bathrooms, parking or other features. (You can also access real estate as a search category from the options drop-down on the main maps site, though this is hidden by default.)
The volume of listings wasn't massive on the handful of suburbs I checked out, but high enough to make this worth checking out if you are thinking of moving.