Content of the material
- View Property Lines In Google Earth
- Add lines and shapes to your project
- Draw a line
- Draw a shape
- More with Earth creation tools
- Viewing your projects on web and mobile
- Pinning Projects
- Importing your KML files
- Exporting KML
- Where can I find property surveys online?
- Can a metal detector find property pins?
- What Else Can Google Earth Do?
- 2. MeasureLot Dimensions
- The Bottom Line
- Rocket Sister Companies
View Property Lines In Google Earth
You can view parcel boundaries, or view property lines in Google Earth™ and other GIS applications via a familiar map view format and quickly digest key location intelligence information.
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Add lines and shapes to your project
Draw a line
In the Project Details panel, click the New feature button and select Draw line or shape (Note: You can also click the Draw line or shape button in the creation toolbar at the bottom of your screen).
On the map, click to add a series of points to draw the line. Each time you click, a new segment is added to your line. To finish your line, press enter. For the Jane Goodall project, you might draw the path that a boat would take to get from the nearest city (Kigoma) to the research station in Gombe.
In the Add to project box, name your line and click Edit place.
In the Width and color section, click on the width dropdown and change the line width to 8 pixels.
Click on the color palette to select red for your line color. Alternatively click Custom colors to create your own color swatch (Note: the hexadecimal code can be edited directly for exact web color matches).
Zoom out to so that you can see the entire line and click Capture this view.
Tip: If you open the Property Editor panel for your line, you will be able to drag and move your line points to reshape your line, but you can’t delete or add segments.
Draw a shape
Now, we’ll add a shape. In the Project Details panel, click the New feature button and select Draw line or shape.
On the map, click to add a series of points to draw your shape. Each time you click, a new segment is added to the outline of your shape. To finish your shape, click once more on the first point that was added to close the shape. For the Jane Goodall project, you might draw a shape around the research station in Gombe.
In the Add to Project box, name your shape and click Edit place.
In the Outline width and color section, change the outline to red.
In the Fill color section, change the fill color to yellow. You can also change the transparency using the drop down menu above the color palette.
Adjust the view and click Capture this view.
Tip: You can reshape your polygon by clicking and dragging points, but you can’t delete segments. You can not click and drag your entire shape to a new location.
More with Earth creation tools
Viewing your projects on web and mobile
You can find maps and stories you own and that have been shared with you by clicking on Projects in the navigation and looking through the list in the Projects panel. In the list, you’ll see maps and stories organized by the categories Pinned to Earth, KML files and Recent. You can also use the New project button to open projects and KML files that do not automatically appear in your Projects list. You can also open an Earth project directly from Google Drive, or from a shared link.
You can view your projects on a mobile device by opening the Google Earth app, clicking the menu in the upper lefthand corner and selecting Projects. You can not edit your projects on mobile at this time.
In order to ensure that a project always appears in your list of projects (even if you haven’t recently opened it), hover over the project in the Projects panel and click the pin icon. The project will now appear in the Pinned to Earth section on your device.,
Tip: Pinned projects are always visible on the globe (unless you toggle off visibility using the Hide project button), even when you’re exploring a different project in presentation mode. You can use this feature to “mash up” several different projects and/or KML files together.
Importing your KML files
If you’ve already created a map using another mapping tool such as Google My Maps, Tour Builder or Earth Pro and saved it as a KML or KMZ file, you can import the KML or KMZ to view and edit in Google Earth (with some limitations):
Currently, you are able to import your KMLs only as local files. Local files are projects stored in your local browser storage on your computer. Local files are not stored in the Google Cloud. Local files cannot be shared with others and cannot be shared across devices. Local files are stored only in the local browser storage on the computer used to import the file.
Before you can import your KML files, you must turn on KML import in your Google Earth settings.
Click the Google Earth menu button and select Settings.
Scroll to the bottom of the Settings menu and toggle the setting for “Turn on KML file import” to on.
Now you can import a KML file.
- Go to the Projects panel and click the New project button. Before you turned on KML file import, clicking this button only allowed you to create a new project or open a project from Google Drive. Now you will see options to create a KML file and to import a KML file from your computer or Google Drive.
- Select Import KML file from computer.
- Select the KML file from your computer and click Open.
- Your KML file will appear in your Projects panel. You can now explore and edit your KML.
Tip: You may experience some issues importing more complex KML files. For example, some advanced KML features currently don’t work well or at all in the new Google Earth for web and mobile, including 3D models, tours, tracks, time-based KML, and photo overlays. Also, very large KML files or complex features (eg: polygons with many vertices) may not import or render well.
Tip: If you create or import KML files, you will not be able to convert them to Earth projects (stored in the Cloud), so you will not be able to share your KML files with others.
To export a KML of your project, go to the Project Details panel and click the overflow menu , then select Export as KML file.
Where can I find property surveys online?
As a homeowner, you can view the property survey records online through your official county or assessor’s website, which should have online maps for all of the real estate in the area.
Can a metal detector find property pins?
A metal detector can find property pins. Whether you’re putting up a fence, building or planting near the edges of your land, or settling a dispute with a neighbor, you need to know where your property ends and their property begins. …
What Else Can Google Earth Do?
Google Earth is actually capable of doing MUCH more than what I just showed you in the points above… these are some of the simpler functions and features that are mostly free and easy to use.
It’s worth noting that Google has recently moved the software to a format that functions within the Chrome internet browser – which brings about some improvements in some areas (most notably, speed and appearance), however, I’ve also found that it has taken some notable steps backward in other areas (mainly in features and functionality).
Personally, I prefer the desktop version of Google Earth, because it offers A LOT more applications that are useful to real estate professionals. If this is the version you’re after, you can it on this page.
2. MeasureLot Dimensions
On many occasions, I’ve used Google Earth to determine approximate distances from one point to another. Why is this helpful? Because I can figure out how much road frontage a property has and/or what the dimensions of a property are. If you want to calculate the acreage or square footage a property is (in cases where the county doesn’t help much in providing this information), this can come in handy as well.
Google Earth has a great little measurement tool that will allow you to measure these distances and dimensions very easily. I’ll show you how it works in this video.
Remember, if you’re going to give this information to any third parties or interested buyers, be sure to disclose that these measurements are approximate and it is NOT the same as getting a survey.
The Bottom Line
As a homeowner, it’s crucial that you’re aware of property lines so that you can respect your neighbor’s property and avoid any legal disputes. If you’re struggling to find your home’s property lines, utilize one of the strategies mentioned above, or go online to check. Remember that before you start an outdoor project such as building a fence on the property line, make sure to consult with your neighbor and a real estate agent about your property’s rules and regulations.
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