US real estate platform Realtor.com, which is operated by News Corp subsidiary Move Inc says it has enhanced its iOS app to give buyers quicker, easier access to the most accurate set of property listings.
The new realtor.com® app combines the best of the Express app and original realtor.com® app to offer home buyers a more streamlined search functionality with access to all their favorite property and search tools.
Realtor.com says the update effectively combines the search features of the realtor.com® app with the popular user interface and functionality of the realtor.com® Express app.
The company says its new, highly intuitive interface immediately displays the map view of the user's location and pins for all the homes for sale in the surrounding area.
Property details are organized into expandable sections that display more details with a quick tap.
Buyers can view larger home photos and search for properties using the iOS9 3D Flyover feature. They can also view local amenities like restaurants, shops and financial institutions around each home and share listings over numerous channels, including SMS, email, Facebook, WhatsApp, Pinterest and Instagram – within the app.
"Simplifying our app experience gives buyers more on the go access to the most accurate listings database available in the industry," says Realtor.com chief product officer Tapan Bhat.
"The app's highly organized design allows buyers to expand and minimize property details to view what they are most interested in. We expect this to have a big impact on how people find their dream home."
Bhat says the re-design was driven by user feedback.
"Buyers can click pins to see more information about a listing or select the pencil to draw search parameters on the map," he says.
"To search for homes outside their immediate area, consumers simply click the magnifying glass icon in the top right corner. Listings can be filtered and searches can be saved using the buttons at the bottom of the search results page."
To view details about a specific home, such as the property description, square footage, or schools in the surrounding area, users simply tap the photo of the home. Selecting the map icon allows consumers to view the home on a map via 3D Flyover or satellite view.