Realtor.com iPhone App - Mobile Real Estate Search

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Real Estate Agent with Red Door Real Estate

 

First off let me say that this is one of my first posts as a Rainmaker!!!  I was on the rocks for a while as to the full benefits of paying to blog, but I'm glad I've finally joined.  I've already seen some success in my local area.

Realtor.com iPhone Application

The new Realtor.com iPhone app is out and it's great! I did a quick search and it doesn't look like too many people have blogged about it, so I'd though I could help out. The application was just released today on the iTunes App Store.  Here is a link to the download the free application from Realtor.com  --->  iTunes App Store -Real Estate Search

The application is named "Real Estate Search"  I like the title as it's straight and to the point, instead of simply trying to maintain the realtor.com branding.  

While reviewing this Realtor.com iPhone app, I was on a wireless network with an iPhone 3GS so I expected it to be quick and it didn't disappoint!  I was actually quite surprised.  Some of the real estate iPhone apps are slow and take forever to load pictures.  

There are quite a few great features to this application....

 

  • When first staring the application it takes just a few seconds to load. Users are then able to sign-in or register for a Realtor.com account.
  • You'll see below there are a number of ways for homebuyers to search for homes.  
    • They can use the built in GPS to determine their location and search around their geographical area. 
    • They can search nearby open houses.
    • They can see their saved & recently viewed properties. (This will sync with their realtor.com acct.)
  • Creating a new search is also quite easy.  It lets you get pretty specific in your search criteria.  It includes being able to search by location, MLS, min/max price, bedrooms, bathrooms, size, lot size, age of home, next open houses, then type of real estate (i.e. residential, condo, multi-family, mobile home, farm, land)  Once you enter your specific criteria you can either preview, search, or save it!

 

 

iphone app search

 

 

  • Once you've run your search there are 3 ways that you can view the results.
    • List - Gives you 10 properties at a time with the basic details.  The listings with a more photos are highlighted. Users are also able to sort the listings in a variety of ways.
    • Street Map - Using Google's Map you can see properties on the standard street map.  Click a property and you're able to open it up for more specifics. 
    • Satellite Map - Just like the previous, but with a satellite image.

    (One cool feature is being able to move the map around and simply click to have it update with any properties in that area.  I personally really like using map search when looking for other homes in a specific area.)

 

 

 

Realtor iPhone App - Search

 

 

  • Individual listings are where the fun really begins.  Users are able to use the cool "flick" feature on the iPhone to easily slide through the pictures.  No more waiting for each image to load, like on other search apps!
  • Home buyers can see all the main information about the home.  They will also see who has listed the property.  I have to add more pictures and have my information by my listings on Realtor.com, so you'll see they have put my picture on my listing.  Users are able to directly call you or visit your website right from the listing.  They can also ask a question, which opens up a form for them to send you an email.  You'll also note the "Ask a Question" button on the top right of the listing.
  • Users are also able to Rate and leave notes which will sync with their Realtor.com account.

 

Realtor.com Listings

 

  • Last but not least... you'll see 2 icons on the bottom left of the screen. These offer 2 powerful features!
    • 1. Share by Email - Users can email a friend. But even better... in settings there is a place for users to enter the email address of their real estate agent.  They can save your email address and then easily email you the listing.  That's why you'll see my email address in the picture. How cool is that???
    • 2. Post to Facebook or Twitter - This is my favorite!  That's awesome free viral marketing.

 

listing share

 

I truly think this application shows a great effort my Realtor.com.  I know many agents aren't happy with the current situation over there, but one thing is for sure... this is a solid iPhone App. I'm sure there will be bugs that can be worked out, but for a first run at an iPhone Application... it's right on the money!

 

 

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Ryan Crozier

Indianapolis Realtor Blog - www.my317home.com

I work with a number of great Indianapolis Realtors and I'd be happy to connect you with the right agent for your real estate needs.

 

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Rainer
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San-San Wardojo
Abacus Properties, Inc. North San Diego County 760-889-6495 - Carlsbad, CA

I have the new Google Nexus One phone. I didn't see this app available yet. 

January 14, 2010 02:26 PM #48
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Ryan Crozier
Red Door Real Estate - Avon, IN
Avon Indiana Realtor

@San-San - That's because it's not available for the Nexus yet.  We were merely speculating that if Realtor.com was to build applications for other formats... the Android platform would be a logical choice.  How do you like the Nexus?

January 14, 2010 02:30 PM #49
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Thanks for the info Ryan, let me know how Rainmaker works out for you..

January 14, 2010 03:10 PM #50
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Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

Ryan - This does appear to be a solid application.  I'll check it out today!

January 14, 2010 04:32 PM #51
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Karen Pannell
Real Living / Home Realty - Owensboro, KY
Owensboro KY Real Estate -270-903-2167 Homes, Cond

Ryan, Wow!  What a great post!  You are going to be a great help to old chicks like me.  I did not know about this, but I will check it out.  Thank you!

kp

January 14, 2010 04:56 PM #52
Rainer
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Kristin Larson
Troy, MI

Totally adding this...yea, there's an app for that

January 14, 2010 06:23 PM #53
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Patricia Aulson
BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate - Exeter, NH
Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes

Thanks so much for the information in "blog form"   I added this app to my phone last week......

Patricia/Seacoast NH

January 14, 2010 06:52 PM #54
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Clark Hitchcock
Re/Max Nyda Realty Inc - Chilliwack, BC
Realtor - Fraser Valley

Ryan thanks for the info. Do you know if it is north of the border yet. Canada that is.

January 14, 2010 07:43 PM #55
Rainer
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Joseph Keech
Blue Atlantic Properties - Leland, NC

Great Post! I always like tech posts as it is something we all need explained to us in human terms.

January 14, 2010 08:57 PM #56
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Cheryl Ritchie
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I'm saving this so when Verizon gets the iphone... in my lifetime... I am ready freddie!

January 14, 2010 09:03 PM #57
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Rob Muller
ReMax Town & Country - Canton, GA
Cherokee County Real Estate

downloaded it today and it really is very cool, almost makes up for all the bloated advertising fees they have charged over the years

January 14, 2010 09:36 PM #58
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Ruthmarie Hicks
Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605 - White Plains, NY

Thanks.  This has spurred me into putting the app on my iphone. I wasn't enthusiastic until now.

 

January 14, 2010 09:59 PM #59
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Jamie

Is there a realtor.com app for the nexus google phone?

February 13, 2010 12:04 PM #60
Rainmaker
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Ryan Crozier
Red Door Real Estate - Avon, IN
Avon Indiana Realtor

I don't believe that there is yet.  Maybe one day!

February 13, 2010 03:33 PM #61
Rainer
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San-San Wardojo
Abacus Properties, Inc. North San Diego County 760-889-6495 - Carlsbad, CA

It will be so cool if we have this app on our Nexus One! Please, please, please!

February 17, 2010 09:49 PM #62
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Shannon Thomas
MSWoods Real Estate, LLC - Avon, IN
Real Estate Broker, E-Pro, ABR, SFR

Tiny, It was a pleasure meeting you yesterday at Mibor and can't believe you are writing about exactly what I came on here for.  I just got back from looking at cell phones.  I had made a decision to go with blackberry bold 9700 before I went but was informed of the 3gs new capablities.  I am still concerned with dropped calls though so would like to know what others have to say about that for our area. Also the sales person said that the iphone will be ok if you are in the metro area but perhaps won't work in Danville where it is two wire.  Would like to know what if any experience any of you have had so far with the 3gs perticularly around in my area, Indianapolis and west of.   Still sitting on the fence. lol

February 24, 2010 05:46 PM #63
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Shannon Thomas
MSWoods Real Estate, LLC - Avon, IN
Real Estate Broker, E-Pro, ABR, SFR

Tiny, It was a pleasure meeting you yesterday at Mibor and can't believe you are writing about exactly what I came on here for.  I just got back from looking at cell phones.  I had made a decision to go with blackberry bold 9700 before I went but was informed of the 3gs new capablities.  I am still concerned with dropped calls though so would like to know what others have to say about that for our area. Also the sales person said that the iphone will be ok if you are in the metro area but perhaps won't work in Danville where it is two wire.  Would like to know what if any experience any of you have had so far with the 3gs perticularly around in my area, Indianapolis and west of.   Still sitting on the fence. lol

February 24, 2010 05:46 PM #64
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Ryan Crozier
Red Door Real Estate - Avon, IN
Avon Indiana Realtor

Hey Shannon, 

 

The iPhone has worked fine for me in this area.  I still get signal and access in Danville, so there's no issue there.

 

I am a fan of the iPhone for a number of reasons, but the #1 reason is the applications.  It's great to have access to a ton of great apps!!

February 24, 2010 09:26 PM #65
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Shannon Thomas
MSWoods Real Estate, LLC - Avon, IN
Real Estate Broker, E-Pro, ABR, SFR

I think I am persuaded.  Thank you.      If I don't like it in a month I can go back and get the blackberry I guess.

  I had a double post above I'm not sure why...sorry

February 24, 2010 09:56 PM #67
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Paul Gapski
Berkshire Hathaway / Prudential Ca Realty - El Cajon, CA
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have an iphone 4 and just cant tell you how happy I am with it. the display had the best graphics I have ever seen on a phone. It is very precise and responsive and the apps, wow the apps there are so many good ones.

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