We don’t usually feature individual products on the blog, but this is neat! Homesnap has come out with a new app version that works on the Apple Watch.
From the Apple Store description:
Homesnap for Apple Watch has arrived! Tap your wrist to reveal the three closest homes for sale.
Tap again to view high-res interior photos.
Scroll the Digital Crown to reveal home details like beds, baths, lot size, and year built.
Follow your favorite homes to keep track of price and status changes. Use Handoff to seamlessly switch from your Apple Watch to your iPhone.
Homesnap Pro agents using Homesnap for Apple Watch can access agent-only information, including showing instructions, compensation data and listing agent contact information.
Plus, Homesnap for Apple Watch makes it even easier for REALTORS® to stay safe at showings and listing appointments because it’s discreetly integrated with Homesnap Pro’s Safety Timer.
Homesnap’s Apple Watch app is like a tightly curated version of their very well designed iPhone and Android clients. The watch app reduces many screens to a few essentials. The carefully edited screens do well visually. In terms of boiling down the absolute minimum you need to have a real estate app experience, Homesnap has done a terrific job. What remains to be seen is whether the form factor will pan out and whether the Digital Crown will prove an adequate input device – all of which is the responsibility of the Apple Watch, rather than of HomeSnap’s app. Will consumers and agents prefer the form factor to their phone or tablet? Time will tell!
There’s a great competitive market in the professional mobile app space. Several MLS software providers, plus Goomzee, Homespotter, and Homesnap all seem to be popular options with my clients, and every year there seem to be new options. I didn’t cover these professional / prosumer apps in my recent paper on consumer mobile apps, but at some point I’ll get around to providing a more thorough write up of that space.
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