Vacationers can also opt to have the public beaches in the area displayed on the
When viewing search results pinned on the map, vacationers can hover their cursor
over each pin, prompting a pop-up to appear displaying some basic information about
When the viewer actually clicks on a pin, an abbreviated version of the full listing
appears to the right of the map as a “preview.” In addition to the basic information
provided in the Pop-up, the Preview also includes:
- Bed configuration
- Distance to & name of nearest beach
- A link to send an email inquiry
- A link to view the full listing
- The listing’s pricing and availability calendar
- A link to enable vacationers to save the listing to their “Favorites”
- An Owner Special icon
- A Last-minute Availability Alert
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What are the advantages?
For vacationers: This enhancement meets the demand from vacationers who are
interested in identifying vacation rentals in a specific area or neighborhood. They
may have friends or relatives staying in a certain place and wish to be nearby,
for example. Or they may wish to rent within walking distance of a favorite beach.
For homeowners: If enabled by you, this feature increases your listing’s
exposure to vacationers by providing another quick and easy way for them to find
your property. It also answers one of vacationers’ most common questions: “Where
is the home?” If you choose not to enable the zoom capability, the pin identifying
your exact location will not appear as vacationers zoom in.
What do you need to do?
If you wish to enable the zoom feature on your listing, simply click the “Click
to enable” link in your Homeowner Center. If you prefer that the zoom capability
NOT be enabled, go to the top of your “Description, amenities & map options” page,
and remove the check mark from the Map Options box.
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Q: Is it required that I enable the full zoom capability on my listing(s)?
A: No, it’s totally up to you. Remember, however, that the majority of your
competition is or will be offering this capability on their listings. Your listing
will still appear on the map initially, but, with the zoom feature disabled, it
will not appear as vacationers zoom in to view the exact location of the homes.
Q: Why would someone prefer NOT to enable the zoom capability?
A: By enabling the zoom, your exact location will be disclosed to vacationers
on the Google Map.
Q: If I enable the full zoom capability on my listing, will my exact street
address be visible to vacationers?
A: No, they will be able to zoom in to see the precise location of your home,
but your street address will not be displayed.
Q: If I choose NOT to enable the zoom, will I still have a GoogleMap on my
A: Yes, but it will only indicate your approximate location.
Q: If I choose NOT to enable the zoom, will my listing still appear on the
map in Power Search results?
A: Yes, initially all of the listings that meet a vacationer’s search criteria
will be visible on a limited zoom, high-level map. (Those listings that are full
zoom-enabled will have a blue pin, and those that are not zoom-enabled will have
a green one.) But once the viewer zooms in closer, a listing’s pin without the zoom
capability will disappear, leaving only those with full zoom capability enabled.
Q: What if the pin placement on my map is wrong?
A: Go to your “Description, amenities and map options” page and check the
box that reads “If your property does not display accurately on your Property Listing,
check this box to provide an alternate spelling of your street address and town.”
Q: Can I change my mind about whether to enable the map zoom option?
A: Yes. Just go to your “Description, amenities and map options” page, and
either check or uncheck the box to enable or disable the zoom capability.
Q: What if the beach closest to my home is not on the map?
A: Only public beaches are indicated on the map. If the public beach near
you doesn’t appear on the map, contact us to see if it can be added.
Q: What if the pin for the beach closest to my home does not include a picture?
A: You can upload a picture of the beach yourself by choosing the “Guide
to [Cape Cod] [Martha’s Vineyard] [Nantucket]” option from the yellow banner at
the top of our website pages, and clicking the “Cape Cod & Islands Beaches” link.
From there you can select the beach nearest to you and click the “Write a review”
link to provide some information about the beach and also upload a nice picture
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