ImmobilienScout24 has expanded its property search app, enabling anyone looking for a new home with their partner or friends to achieve much quicker result. With the new ‘Joint Search’ function, property ads can be shared and viewings easily coordinated. This innovation is unique within the German-speaking world.
The German property portal conducted a survey which indicated that nearly 70 percent of those searching for properties do so together with at least one other person. Since the process can be time consuming, as it requires many discussions and consultations, this is where the ImmobilienScout24 iPhone search app can make the search experience easier.
Registered users of the ImmobilienScout24 app can organise their property search jointly. Property profiles can be shared between people, evaluated, and commented on via the integrated chat function. Scheduled viewings entered by one of the searchers into the app can be seen immediately by the other search partner and then entered in their calendar. The company says this all simplifies the process, saving time and provides the advantage that all the information is available to both people in a central location.
“With this expansion of our app, we are addressing our customers’ need to collaborate”, states Marc Stilke, CEO and Spokesman for the Management Board of ImmobilienScout24. “At the same time, we are also expanding our skill set in the area of mobile property searches. Today, more than 40 percent of traffic on our platform comes from mobile devices.”
Other new services on the ImmobilienScout24 app include a push function, which keeps searchers continuously updated on the current status of their joint search, as well as a checklist. This aide-memoire means that no documents required for an application, such as SCHUFA (a German credit rating agency) certificates, are forgotten.
The ‘Joint search’ was developed and implemented as part of the ImmobilienScout24 ‘Talent Tank’ programme. With the Talent Tank, ImmobilienScout24 supports its junior in-house talent: participants are given half a year in which to generate new ideas and carry out their own projects in order to turn them into reality.
The ImmobilienScout24 expanded app can be downloaded here.