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REIQ Journal : October 2008
INDUSTRY NEWS 3 Google hits the streets Google has continued its dominance of free, online map-based services, with the launch of Google Street View Australia in August. The new service provides a 360degree panoramic ground-level view of selected major metropolitan cities and their surrounding areas. It seems potential homebuyers are already using Google Street View to get a feel for a property or street before an inspection, and several agents have begun using the technology on their websites or online advertisements. So far, every state and territory capital except Darwin is available on the service, and smaller Queensland towns and cities all up the coastline are included. Street View is available as far north as Cooktown, and even in some very small regional centres in central and western Queensland. Google has stated that its ultimate goal is to provide street views of the entire world, however, there have been some concerns raised about privacy. Some early images captured by Google Street View in Australia show a man sleeping on the job, another man leaving an adult shop, and people getting changed at the beach. Google has voluntarily started blurring faces and number plates on images after concerns were raised and homeowners can email Google and request that their property be removed from public access. To visit Google Street View go to http://maps.google.com/help/maps/ streetview/ Memberlink site a hit with members The new-look REIQ memberlink website has proved a hit with members, with the site receiving hundreds of thousands of hits since its June launch date. Six lucky staff from REIQ accredited agencies also won prizes to help celebrate the launch of the new-look site. Hundreds of people entered the competitions. Tracey Ashley of Re/Max United Vision/Carina won a Fuji Xerox Phaser 8560 colour printer; Paul Forbes of Ray White Hervey Bay won an LG 7” portable DVD player; Ian Wimberley of Ray White Margate won a $1,500 travel voucher; ScottMann of Cec Mann & Co First National won a mixed dozen of Australian wine; Robin Vartan of Hinternoosa Pty Ltd won a Sunbeam Café Crema Coffee Machine; and Laurence Williams of Ray White Hervey Bay won an Apple iPod nano. The site ensures you have the information and tools that will keep you at the top of your profession, including the latest industry news and research, legislative updates, practice advice and professional development resources. Key features of the new site include: REIQ Journal October 2008 Legislation changes impacting your area of practice; Access to an REIQ agency practice advisor in your region; Latest industry research to help you understand the state of the market; Upcoming training courses and professional development programs to give you a competitive edge; Details of industry networking and information events; Online job advertisements; Access to previous issues of the REIQ Journal and Memberlink emails; and A wide range of exclusive member benefits to help you increase your effectiveness and improve profitability. The website is available exclusively to staff from accredited agencies and individual members. If you have forgotten your access code and password, email email@example.com. au