Here''s what little I know. A friend of mine works for a small town Chamber of Commerce on the central coast of California. She had contracted with Compass to produce a map of the area and had sold about half her advertising space when she got word that Compass had closed shop. She heard - and this is pretty much hearsay - that Compass produced a lot of maps for the real estate industry and when that part of the economy went in the tank, their business dried up. True or not, it points out the importance of having a balanced business plan that does not depend too heavily on any one customer or product.
That's interesting. Honestly I'm a little surprised to think there was still a demand for printed real estate maps even before the real-estate market went belly-up. That seems like a market that would have dried-up with the coming of Google mashups, GPS navigation, websites like trulia.com, realtor.com, et cetera. I'd be interested in knowing what kind of content used to be on a typical real estate map. Demographics? Neighborhood info? Anyone have any past experience with real estate maps?