The Sunday house-hunting jaunt just got a serious upgrade. Today Zillow is released from the bondage of the desktop computer and can be found in the truly phenomenal Zillow iPhone App. Try it, you’ll like it. I mean it.
My wife and I love to meander around neighborhoods and vacation destinations house-hunting. I know we are not alone, because, as a child, I can remember whining to my parents about these interminable drives from the back seat of the Ford Country Squire wagon (the one with the faux wood paneling).
“That house sold recently, honey, I wonder what the final price was?”
“Look, this one is for sale, but there are no price sheets left in that blasted little box under the sign. Drat!”
“I wonder what Zestimates are like in this neighborhood?”
Answers to these questions and many more are now always in my pocket or riding snugly on my iPhone dashboard mount. That lovely little pulsating blue sphere that indicates my GPS location on the map magically follows me as I walk or drive along (hands free so I’m legal) and information on every house scrolls right along with me on each little rooftop. Zestimates, recent sale prices, for sale prices, and my secret favorite, Make Me Move prices (“Dream on Rebekah, there’s no way anyone would pay $919k for your house… would they?”). Any that catch my fancy I can simply tap to see the historical Zestimate graph, past sales, pictures of the inside of the house if it’s for sale… all of the fantastic information I’m used to getting from Zillow. Additionally, if I want to speak to the listing agent right now, I can, with one touch, click to call that agent to arrange a viewing.
I’m a bit of a real estate nut, mind you, but I’m in the deep lust phase of my relationship with our iPhone app, which I’ve now been using for a few weeks. It wasn’t until Apple introduced its hyper-intuitive touch-based user interface, and then recently combined it with GPS location technology and 3G speed that the dream of a mobile version of Zillow could be fully realized. We thank the folks at Apple for enabling us to create this app, and I want to thank the great work that our team did to set Zillow free to roam in neighborhoods and on house-hunting trips where and when it is most needed and enjoyed.
Check out how it works for yourself…