Google Maps has been tracking foreclosed houses for sale for a few years now, but more recently has made its application a little more robust as a way to show the pattern of foreclosures in particular neighborhoods.
Business Insider just mapped some of the worst cities in America. It's a great slideshow. Take Las Vegas, for instance:
Let's take a little tour around our state.
Hennepin County foreclosures were up 26% in the 3rd qtr of '10 compared to '09
Ramsey County foreclosures were up 12% in the 3rd qtr of '10 compared to '09
Olmstead County foreclosures were up 33% in the 3rd qtr of '10 compared to '09
Brown County foreclosures were up 60% in the 3rd qtr of '10 compared to '09
Clay County (Mn) foreclosures were unchanged in the 3rd qtr of '10 compared to '09
Crow Wing County foreclosures were up 15% in the 3rd qtr of '10 compared to '09
St. Louis County foreclosures were up 36% in the 3rd qtr of '10 compared to '09
Want to play with this yourself, just go to Google Maps in your browser...
1. Punch in any US address into Google Maps.
2. Your options are Earth, Satellite, Map, Traffic and . . . More. (Select "More")
3. The drop down menu gives you a check box option for "Real Estate."
4. The left column will give you several options (You may have to select "Show Options")
5. Check the box marked "Foreclosure."
Not shown are foreclosures that have been bought up since (at least my house isn't shown on there)
The house across the street that was foreclosed, then bought up, then fixed up, and then put back on the market and now the sign says sold again... That one is listed.
Have to wonder about the accuracy around this.