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SUNSHINE COAST INTERACTIVE REAL ESTATE MAP
DESIGNED FOR SMARTPHONES IS NOW AVAILABLE

SECHELT, BC, CANADA — January 8, 2010 — Sunshine Coast real estate agent Gary Little has today released the first mobile phone version of his popular interactive real estate map of the area. The map works with modern smartphones that have robust, standards-compliant web browsers, notably the Apple iPhone and a variety of Android-powered phones.

This new interactive map shows the locations of hundreds of homes for sale in Gibsons, Roberts Creek, Sechelt, Halfmoon Bay, Pender Harbour, and neighbouring areas. The Sunshine Coast is located in British Columbia 40 minutes via ferry from West Vancouver.

The internet-hosted map, which integrates satellite imagery and street maps, can be used to examine homes for sale in specific neighbourhoods of interest and to learn more about a home simply by tapping its marker on the map. It also allows property brochures and photos to be sent to anyone by email.

A useful feature is the ability to specify criteria to indicate which properties are to be shown on the map: property type, days on market, price range, minimum number of bedrooms & bathrooms, and desired special features (waterfront, view, fireplace, hot tub, pool, security system, workshop).

It is also possible to show a very specific group of properties on the map by performing a free-form text query of a property's information. The query can include an MLS® number, street address or street name, postal code, or a keyword of interest in a property's description field. The search query syntax is quite powerful and supports advanced "and", "or", "not", and wildcard searches.

One very innovative feature allows the map to track the user's actual location in real time. With this feature turned on, the centre position of the map automatically changes every 30 seconds so that nearby homes for sale are always in view even when the user is on the move.

"The use of smartphones has exploded in the past year or so and these mobile devices are ideal for conveniently accessing a variety of location-based services, including real estate search," said Gary Little of Royal LePage Sunshine Coast. "It was the perfect time to create this interactive map which turns a phone into a personal communicator for real estate data and quickly displays what's available for sale near wherever you happen to be looking on the Sunshine Coast."

The Sunshine Coast interactive real estate map optimized for mobile phones is available at http://imap.GaryLittle.ca/. The extended version of the map, designed for use with desktop and laptop computers, is at http://map.GaryLittle.ca/. It has been available since 2006 and is one of the first of its kind in Canada.

The computer programming for the interactive map was done by Gary Little himself. He is a former marketing manager in the computer industry and the winner of two industry awards for excellence in software programming and design.

The interactive map can be used from an Apple iPhone or any smartphone running the Android operating system. Android-powered phones in Canada currently include the HTC Hero, HTC Dream, HTC Magic, LG Eve, Samsung Galaxy, and the Motorola Milestone.

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Gary Little is an innovative real estate agent in the offices of Royal LePage Sunshine Coast in Sechelt, British Columbia. He is well known for his use of technology to provide compelling real estate tools for the general public, notably his interactive real estate map of the Sunshine Coast, his real estate statistics service, and his real estate services for mobile phone users. You can contact him through www.GaryLittle.ca.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Gary Little, realtor®
Royal LePage Sussex
5485 Wharf Ave., P.O. Box 65
Sechelt, BC V0N 3A0
Cell: 604-741-5347
Office: 604-885-0299
Fax: 604-885-0298
Twitter: @GaryLittleRLP
gary@garylittle.ca
www.garylittle.ca

This news release is located online at: http://www.GaryLittle.ca/pr-20100108.html