Austrian Real estate start up, zoomsquare.com, has released a new app that provides users with a "Tinder-like" hot-or-not swipe for properties. It also has neighbourhood info including public transport, the most important facts about properties, and real-time push notifications for new matches from more than 80 Austrian property websites. The zoomsquare app is now available for free download on iPhone and Android, and will be launched internationally in 2015.
After only four short months of developing, the house hunting start-up zoomsquare presents its brand new mobile app. The motivation behind creating the app was crystal clear for co-founder Andreas Langegger, “The property search of the future is mobile. In Austria and Germany, half of the searches are being conducted on smartphones. In the US, it’s already over 60%.” The results only two weeks after the official launch are impressive with the zoomsquare app the most popular real estate app on the Austrian market.
Langegger continues, “House hunting can and should be fun. We want the app to invite people to browse as well as thoroughly look for properties. The aim was to create an app that brings speed, fun and usability to property hunting and delivers matching results quickly. On top of that we wanted the app to lure people in with its simple and elegant design.”
The zoomsquare swipe - much like the popular dating app Tinder - lets you decide which properties you like with the hot-or-not principle. After seeing the result card, which shows a large image and a few key elements of the property, you can add it to your favourites with a swipe to the right or trash it with a swipe to the left.
“Looking at a real estate ad, the first thing you’ll notice is the picture. The first impression is crucial, and we let this fact work to our advantage. We shorten the process of looking through an ad, and focus on the most important elements”, states co-founder Langegger.
Inspiration for the app came from all over the world. Hundreds of apps from more than 60 countries were inspected and tested for their innovative features, usability and design. “We deliberately tried to think outside the box. This way we found new, unconventional ideas, especially from different industries,” says co-founder Christoph Richter. Dating apps, as well as gamification elements from games, travel and social media apps were among the sources of inspiration.
Getting to the substance was another focal point for the app. Instead of having to read through long advertising texts on real estate platforms, thanks to elaborate technologies zoomsquare analyses more than 100 attributes in real estate ads, and displays the most important criteria or selected must-haves about a property in one glance – making it especially time efficient for house hunting on the go!
zoomsquare knows exactly where a property is located, and unlike other real estate apps, is able to display travel times to the nearest hot spots. Thanks to open data zoomsquare has got you covered: be it a supermarket, ATM, school or park, zoomsquare tells you how long it will take you to get there. Special gem and most requested must have: proximity to public transport stations (max. 7 minutes walking distance)
The zoomsquare app offers all the conveniences we know and love from the desktop version. More than 70,000 properties from over 80 real estate websites are scanned in a matching process, similar to dating websites, to fit your unique preferences for your new dream home. The best matches are displayed on top of your virtual stack of potential properties.