Earlier this year we wrote about Google Street View coming to Richmond. It was one of the first localities in the country to have virtually the entire city (and much of the surrounding counties) photographed from the road using a specially equipped VW Beetle. Now, Google Street View arrives in the DC metro area, covering many of the close-in suburbs. As you can see from the photo in this post, Alexandria, Arlington and eastern Fairfax seem to be solidly covered.

Street View could be a great way to help buyers rule out listings that aren’t right for them. As you know, some agents — ahem — take liberties with exterior photos that appear in the MLS. Other listings are often ruled out when a client sees the eyesore property around the corner. I’m sure you can come up with other things that could be discovered from Street View without an in real life trip to the property.

Sure, the price of gas is back around $2 again, and IdealRoute.com can help you squeeze every penny out of your tank, but who wouldn’t want to avoid a few detours? Especially in that DC traffic!