One of my favorite real estate websites, Zillow, has released their first iPhone app to the iTunes App Store. The app brings the companies trademark real estate map search and Zestimate to the palm of your hand. One thing that I love about the Zillow.com website is the ability to see homes for sale in a neighborhood laid out on a map. I also really like the Zestimate. While probably not 100% accurate, it’s a great way to gauge the value of the homes in a neighborhood. I took the app for a spin today and was quite pleased with the functionality that the app provided.
The Zillow.com iPhone app brings the best pieces of their website to an easy to use application. When you first launch the application, it tries to determine your current location. Once it has a location determined, the app then displays your neighborhood on the map, along with all homes for sale and all current home Zestimates. You can move the map around just like the Map application and it is constantly updated with homes for sale and home values. Drilling down and touching one of the homes will reveal more details of that home such as square footage, bedrooms, bathrooms, etc.
This is the first time that I’ve seen an iPhone app implement any sort of mapping application without using the Google Maps. Zillow Real Estate app uses Microsoft’s mapping APIs which appear to work very well. A great mobile implementation of maps.
If you like to shop for homes using Zillow.com then the Zillow Real Estate application is a must have. Driving around and being able to look-up homes around you is a great way to find your next home. Since Zillow is free, there is no reason not to give this app a try.
Zillow Real Estate is Free in the iTunes App Store.
Developer Website: www.Zillow.com