Isn't technology great? If you combine Google Maps satellite view with "streetview" photos and IMapp data that your realtor could provide you, you can get a very good idea of what the house that you are interested looks like. You can also look at the whole street and get a very good idea of the street looks like. Because the "streetview" data is very recent, you can now have a much more accurate picture than a few months ago when some of the Google maps would plot a house in the wrong location.
I even have access to sometechnology that can give you 4 aerial pictures of the place where you live. One from each of the 4 cardinal points, i.e. ESWN. If you send me your address or the address of a property that you are interested in purchasing, I'll send them to you for free. No obligations. You just have to give me an e-mail address too. It's awesome. And if someone asks you how you got them, just tell them that you know someone who flies on a broom... LOL
Michel J. Bergier
Recipient of Sarasota Magazine's 2008 5 Star: Best in Customer Satisfaction Award