Have you ever asked the question when researching a property: "Where did the tanks go ?" or "What were the prior improvements ?"  Now Google Earth can help you out with the recent release of Google Earth v.5.0(beta).  A new tool will display satellite images for a parcel for as far back as satellite images exist for the same.    

Once you open version 5.0(beta) and locate a parcel of interest, you will see a tool bar across the top of your screen.  In the center of the tool bar you will notice an icon of a clock.  When you click on the clock icon a dialog box will appear with a timeline displaying the dates of the satellite images Google has stored of your parcel in question.  Slide the marker across the timeline and the history of the parcel is displayed.  

Although with Sanborn Maps  you can typically go back much further in time, having this information at your fingertips can be a valuable resource.

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Brad Kaplan

Brad assists Owners, Operators and Receivers of Hotel, Office and Industrial properties with their Real Estate, Finance, Leasing, Construction and Organizational challenges; specifically, negotiating and drafting hospitality, purchase, sale, financing, leasing, construction, franchise and management agreements. He has in the past and presently…

Brad assists Owners, Operators and Receivers of Hotel, Office and Industrial properties with their Real Estate, Finance, Leasing, Construction and Organizational challenges; specifically, negotiating and drafting hospitality, purchase, sale, financing, leasing, construction, franchise and management agreements. He has in the past and presently serves as general counsel and national real estate counsel to several domestic and internationally based public and privately held companies. Brad represents foreign businesses doing business in the United States and U.S. businesses doing business abroad; and is a former Chairman of World Services Group (www.worldservicesgroup.com) an international consortium of legal and other professionals. Brad has achieved the highest rating, AV Preeminent®, from Martindale-Hubbell®. He is an active member of the Illinois Bar and maintains an office in both the firm’s Cincinnati and Chicago offices. Brad is the editor of the Real Estate Advisor Law blog, a tool that highlights articles and observations of Ulmer & Berne attorneys on various trends and opportunities affecting the commercial real estate and construction industry, and is a frequent speaker on internet and social media issues.