Something new this year is the iPhone App version of the report, which gives you the data from past years back to 2008 on the go.You don't get all the charts and extra info i the app, though. I imagine in future years they'll have an iPad version will all the info along with how to videos and references too.
8520These days everyone is using their mobile phone for everything. Why not for searching for homes too? It makes perfect sense that you want to find out about properties when you see one for sale on the spot. Before you ask, yes, an Android version is coming soon. iPhone has a bigger market-share right now so developers are quicker to release iPhone Apps. I predict most agents will offer this soon, just like they now almost all have a website or web presence for marketing. If your agent doesn't have an app yet, maybe you should consider working with one that does!
Using Google Maps, my iPhone app will show you 50 listings at a time and if you zoom in you can see them all. You can also use a filter for price, number of bedrooms, bathrooms, etc. so you only see listings on the map you might be interested in. Of course you can share it on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. But you can also email or call me right there from the Property Detail View to get more info or schedule an appointment to see it.
You may have noticed my iPhone App promoted here and on my other websites, like Seattle-RealEstate.com. That will let you download it through iTunes where you can sync it to your iPhone. But you can also install it directly on your phone by searching for MyAgent by IDX. Or if you're reading this and you have an iPhone in your hand with QR Reader installed, just open the app and point your iPhone to this QR code and it will send you to the Apple Mobile App Store to download it. Don't forget to enter my agent code 8520 and it will take you to all the Seattle Area listings for sale. And yes, it's FREE!
The eKey adapter for the iPhone is coming any day now, according to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service. This will allow Brokers who use an iPhone to access and manage their keyboxes completely with the iPhone. In fact, you can download the app now from the iTunes App Store. But you won't be able to use any of the functions until you get the Supra eKey Adapter and an authorization code from the NWMLS. Supra even has a promotional video on the Supra website showing agents giving testimonials:
The main features are:
- Obtain keys from the keybox
- Complete updates and alerts wirelessly
- Manage and program your keyboxes
- Open keybox shackles and change their codes
This app, along with other apps quickly coming to market for both agents and consumers, will probably speed up the adoption of mobile devices and as an all-in-one solution for all licensed agents. There will probably be a Droid version coming out at some point, but by then I suspect you will see Apple leap ahead again using cross-features with the iPad.
More information can be found on he Supra website.
UPDATE: The iPhone eKey has been released and is available at the NWMLS ($51.95). Once purchased you need to get an authorization code from the NWMLS office to register the app to make it functional.
Note regarding compatibility: iOS 4 is intended to work with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, and the new iPhone 4. Not all features will be compatible with all devices. For example, multitasking is available only with iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS.
With the announcement of the new iPhone 4, Apple also announced it will be releasing a major upgrade to it's iPhone Operating System software, iOS4. They are even changing the name to iOS, signaling this is a major upgrade, not a just a minor update. I got to thinking about the possible workflow changes and improvements this can mean for real estate agents, as well as for the companies that develop software that agents use. After all, Apple is saying, “This changes everything. Again.” Even though the iOS4.0 will be a significant upgrade it will be free. So I imagine that most people who can, will eventually install the upgrade. So here are my initial thoughts of how this may make a difference for those agents who make the iPhone one of their tools in the field:
This is a huge improvement that people have been asking to get for a long time. Imagine talking to a client about a property while looking on your favorite real estate IDX app and then sending them pictures while talking to them in real time. You can be referencing statistics and info instead of the old “I'll look up that information and call you back.” that we have been doing.
Okay, if you're a geek like me and have tons of apps, this can really help you organize stuff. Now I am constantly flipping through pages trying to find an app. Often I have just given up and gone to the Searchlight to find it. I have been trying to organize pages by categories for a long time, but whenever you move an icon everything shuffles around making your organizational efforts a waste of time. Specific to real estate, I can imagine “Listing URLs” (domains or pages dedicated to one listing) saved to your home screen and organized into folders to share or access quickly. No more having to save as a bookmark, which takes several clicks to access if you can remember where it is.
This sounds like a GREAT sales tool agents can use for prospective clients. Upon finding out that a prospect has an iPhone, you can offer to send them a localized app with IDX searching and other premium features that normally has a charge to download. If the app costs 99 cents in the App Store, it's a very affordable promotional gift to try and create some good will and loyalty.
Faces and Places in Photos
The camera on existing iPhones can already capture GPS location data on the pictures it takes. But there hasn't been a way to view where photos were taken on the phone itself. The new iOS 4 there's will support viewing a map of geotagged photos within the Photos app on the iPhone and iPod touch. This will make searching for pictures and videos of listings and properties a lot easier. Currently most people spend a lot of time flipping through the camera roll to find pictures or videos, even though they know geographically where the photo was taken. If this gets integrated into personal Google Maps I can think of lots of uses.
FINALLY spell checking in Mail, notes and even other apps! Yippie! 'nuff said.
5.0 Megapixal Camera
I put this last because it's a new iPhone 4 gen specific feature, NOT just a iOS 4 feature. But I think this potentially can be the biggest improvement for real estate purposes and may even justify the cost of the hardware upgrade. For those who carry a camera and an iPhone around (like me), you can now carry JUST have an iPhone, because the quality will equal or rival most digital cameras you might carry around. Also, if you use JotNot (iTunes Link) for document scanning and some kind of faxing software send and receive documents, this, along with the Retina Display, will substantially improve the quality of scanned, faxed, and delivered real estate documents.
Lots of goodies here and more to come as developers jump in and get creative. The past three years that the iPhone has been out has shown that lots of great stuff will most certainly follow a major upgrade like this.
For those interested in taking my Washington State certified Clockhours “iPhone Apps for Real Estate” class, please check for upcoming classes at the Facebook Business Page Real Estate iPhone Apps Class
I saw this ad on the TV show In Plain Sight last night, where Coldwell Banker was the “Exclusive Sponsor” (whatever THAT means!). It's interesting that now just about everyone is coming out with an real estate iPhone Application. Zillow's iPhone app is ranking in the top twenty downloads of all iPhone apps these days, and I suspect you'll see more companies come out with these as time goes on.
Coldwell Banker iPhone TV Advertisement