House Hunting Via Real Estate Apps
Smart phone apps are becoming increasingly popular among home buyers, sellers, and the real estate professionals who serve them.
Zillow.com, which has a free app, says people are using it to look up 2 million properties a month. Other popular apps include those offered by ZipRealty, Coldwell Banker, Better Homes and Gardens, and Corcoran Group.
The apps provide the same information that Web sites do, but they allow users access without having to lug a computer around.
They can make house hunting easier for both practitioners and buyers because the information is so immediately and widely available. “Within a minute, I had enough information to say it’s not worth driving” 25 miles to inspect the home, says Jon Mirmelli, a buyer who otherwise might have asked his real estate professional to meet him there.
Source: The Wall Street Journal, James R. Hagerty (03/09/2010)
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