Yeah, Google Maps gets a lot of press, but if you’ve played around with Bing Maps, you know they’re actually a lot better than Google’s (IMHO). And Bing also has an API — a guide for programmers who want to create cool maps using different kinds of data.
There are lots of these, but one that caught my eye ’cause it’s useful for you real estate pros was the Bing Education Map. It uses data from the Mentor program, good ol’ Great Schools, and DonorsChoose.org to give you all sorts of info about schools in any spot in the U.S.
The link above goes to a education map of a spot outside Richmond, but to get to the overview map start at Bing Maps (bing.com/maps) and click Map Apps at the bottom. Then choose Education Map and zoom in.