A comprehensive online guide to local real estate has been launched by TheAlmanacOnline.com, The Almanac's news and information site.
The site features maps, photos, pricing and other information on most homes and condominiums currently for sale on the Midpeninsula; all "open houses" scheduled for the upcoming weekend; and sales price information on homes sold dating back to 1994.
It also includes links to real estate agent directories, recent real estate articles, and neighborhood guides for each community prepared by the staffs of The Almanac, the Palo Alto Weekly and the Mountain View Voice,
"While national real estate Web sites have some of the same information we are providing, we have focused on pulling all the information a home buyer or local resident could want into one convenient, locally oriented site," said Tom Gibboney, publisher of The Almanac.
"The Almanac and the Palo Alto Weekly have long been the Midpeninsula's leading sources of information on local real estate activity and the only place publishing a comprehensive guide to "open houses" each weekend," Mr. Gibboney said. "With the launch of our new online real estate site, users will be able to quickly see all homes that are on the market, print out maps or lists, and research prior sales."
The site will include virtual tours of featured homes paid for by the listing real estate agent or company.
The site draws its information directly from RE InfoLink, the Multiple Listing Service for the area, and then supplements it with information from other sources, including reporting and databases of The Almanac and Palo Alto Weekly staff.
The site uses Google's mapping technology to present homes and condominiums for sale and to map open homes and prior home sales data.