LOS ANGELES, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 40 million iPhone(i) users can now have one-touch mobile access to 4 million properties nationwide by downloading the new Realtor.com® Real Estate Search iPhone app, giving them on-the-go access to instantly browse the largest and freshest collection of properties available for sale throughout the nation.
Launched today, this feature-rich real estate iPhone app makes it easy for on-the-go buyers to get details on their ideal property, find it using the GPS feature, take pictures, save notes using the app's Notes and Rating feature, and then send a link to that property in real time via email, Twitter or Facebook to family, friends, or a Realtor®. A quick call and conversation with friends or a Realtor can instantly help determine if that home remains on the buyer's list.
The free Realtor.com Real Estate Search iPhone app is compatible with iPhone OS 3.0 or higher and the iPod Touch, and can be downloaded at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/real-estate-search/id336698281?mt=8 or by going to a consumer information page on Realtor.com at www.realtor.com/iphone?source=a27508
"The Realtor.com iPhone app places the power of Realtor.com in the hands of millions of highly mobile consumers that depend on us to deliver the largest collection of properties with the freshest and most accurate information available on the market," said Errol Samuelson, president of Realtor.com. "By combining our unmatched search power with the ability to instantly share listings and feedback by email, Twitter or Facebook from an iPhone, millions now have mobile access to a phenomenal property search experience superior to other apps already on the market. We expect Realtors and their clients will appreciate the ease and convenience that our app brings to their experience as they work together to find the ideal property."
The Realtor.com iPhone app offers the flexibility to sort, refine and filter search results for every property listed on Realtor.com by price, location, property type, MLS ID number, square foot, lot size, upcoming open house events, distance from a user's current location, and age of home so only properties meeting the desired criteria are displayed in the map or list view. If a nearby property is selected, users can map their route with the assistance of the built-in GPS located within the map view feature directly from the Listing Detail Page.
Tap the save buttons, and users can easily save a property or frequently used search criteria for convenient access at a later time. The app also automatically syncs with the users Realtor.com account after initial registration, giving the user mobile access to their Realtor.com account so it's easy to find previously saved homes that may be in a nearby neighborhood and available for a showing.
Visiting a property or an open house in an unfamiliar neighborhood is also easy by touching the Open Houses Nearby button and using the scroll bar to establish a search radius of up to 20 miles from the user's current location. When the map view is engaged, the GPS feature automatically guides buyers to those properties as they drive or walk towards the home.
To save time, on-the-go buyers can easily preview a home by instantly accessing property details and features, as well as use the iPhone's finger controls such as slide, pinch, zoom and pan to view up to 25 photos. Turn the iPhone on its side, and property photos quickly adjust to an enlarged landscape view. If a property looks interesting, the one-tap call capability quickly connects potential buyers with the listing agent for additional details or to arrange a tour. If time is short, simply touch the "ask a question" button and buyers can instantly send an email to the listing agent.
Home buyers can also store their agent contact details within the Realtor.com iPhone app, making it easy to send personal notes, along with comments and ratings about each property directly to an agent. This will later help buyers and agents recall important thoughts and reactions for each property during the search process.
"Our Notes and Rating feature allows buyers to better compare and consider each property by saving decision-making information within the app," explains Scott Boecker, chief product officer, Move, Inc. "These notes can be reviewed later if visiting a house for a second time or for comparing properties at multiple open houses. Personalized content combined with social media sharing tools and powerful property-based search capabilities makes the Realtor.com iPhone application a versatile and valuable tool to use when shopping for the ideal property."
With more than half of all iPhone users between ages 26 and 40(ii), Realtor.com expects first time home buyers to be one of the largest groups to use the new app as they seek to take advantage of the expanded Federal homebuyer tax credit. The median age of today's first time home buyer is 30, with 53 percent between the ages of 25 and 34(iii).
Download the Realtor.com Real Estate Search iPhone app now by clicking to: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/real-estate-search/id336698281?mt=8.
Realtor.com®, where the world shops for real estate online, is operated by Move, Inc., (Nasdaq: MOVE) and is the official Web site of the National Association of REALTORS®. Ranked as the #1 homes-for-sale site, Realtor.com® currently offers potential home buyers access to over four million property listings, as well as the most brokers and agents. It also provides REALTORS® and the home sellers they represent with the Internet's largest real estate marketplace, reaching more than 5.2 million(iv) consumers in November 2009. Agents and companies have the power to customize Realtor.com® resources to maximize their brand and productivity.
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(i) As reported at Apple.com in company quarterly earnings reports Q3 2007 to Q4 2009
(ii) Rubicon Consulting, A Study of iPhone Users
(iii) 2009 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, National Association of REALTORS®
(iv) comScore Media Metrix, November 2009
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