Real estate site Zillow.com launches a free iPhone application that allows users to access data such as home valuations, property photos and assessors’ data.
Real estate site Zillow.com is making it easier for househunters on the go to research properties.
The Seattle-based technology company launched a free iPhone application on Wednesday that lets users access much of the home data available on the Zillow Web site, such as home valuations, property photos and assessors’ data.
“Looking for a home is inherently mobile,” spokeswoman Amy Bohutinsky said. “Zillow is something we always thought it would be a killer mobile app.”
Zillow collects information on 88 million homes, or about 95 percent of the residential properties in the U.S. Included in its database are 3.4 million for-sale listings, many containing interior photos, submitted by homeowners or real estate agents.
The application works with the iPhone’s GPS technology to pinpoint the location of the user, identified by a blue dot, on an aerial map.
Values of all of the surrounding homes are displayed on the map, along with information such as square footage, number of rooms, property taxes and price of the most recent sale.
For-sale properties are identified by red dots. Users can click on links to contact the homeowner or real estate agent.
Also identified on the map are “Make Me Move” properties in which homeowners submit to Zillow the price that would prompt them to sell, and the price of nearby properties that have sold in the last six months.
“If they’re looking at a home, it’s important to look at recent transaction activity in today’s market, where things are changing very quickly,” Bohutinsky said.
Zillow customers tell the company they often scribble down the address of a property they’ve driven past and go home to look it up on the Web site, Bohutinsky said. But it wasn’t until the current generation of smart phones that the technology became available to put a version of Zillow on a miniature screen.
Users also can enter an address to search different neighborhoods from where they’re located.
The application is available for download at the iPhone store under the lifestyle category.
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