I ran across this article in The Washington Post last week that talked about some of the things that the HomeSnap app does for house hunters and real estate agents. It says:
House hunters have reached a point where they don’t necessarily need to set foot inside a home to make an offer on it. Smartphone technology allows them to take virtual tours of properties, giving them a pretty good idea about the flow of the rooms and the dimensions.
Now, app designers are enhancing the technology to give home seekers more information at their fingertips even faster, helping them become smarter and more successful shoppers.
Artificial intelligence is being used to help prospective buyers narrow their searches. Increasing the amount of data available directly to consumers gives them more bargaining power.
I'm familiar with most of the things the Zillow mobile app does but I had not looked into the Homesnap app until I read this article. It does some amazing things both for house hunters and for Realtors. It appears that Homesnap is becoming a major competitor to Zillow.
I guess it's not surprising that the whole real estate buying and selling process is being taken over by smartphones!