New HomeSnap App Set to Make a Splash on Real Estate Map

May 11, 2012

While there is yet to be a superhero who can cast an intuitive eye towards a Chicagoland property and instantly gather all the relative information a prospective home buyer would need, a new iPhone app allows users to do just that.

Searching for a HomeLaunched by online real estate broker Sawbuck Realty Inc., the HomeSnap app lets you snap a picture of a home and instantly find out everything you need to know about the property such as:

  • Estimated current value of the home.
  • What the property sold for.
  • When it last sold.
  • Lot size.
  • School district.

If the home is for sale, HomeSnap will bring up the asking price, interior pictures and complete listing details courtesy of real-time data from the Multiple Listing Service.

“We wanted to create something that was different than your normal home search app, including our app,” Sawbuck Realty Inc. co-founder Guy Wolcott said. “We wanted to create a little iconic moment of delight; that it doesn’t feel like it should be possible.”

The app has a built-in camera and uses your phone’s GPS to find and gather all the relevant info on a given property.

For those who are a bit hesitant about walking up to a stranger’s home and snapping pictures, the app provides a stealth mode for real estate creepers that produces the home info you desire from a built-in map.

While it is not news that many eager home buyers start (and often finish) their house hunting online, this new app is a great add-on due to a database of 90 million homes available at the touch of your finger.

The HomeSnap app is available for free on iPhone and will soon be available for Android.

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Mitch Levinson is the author of “Internet Marketing: The Key to Increased New Home Sales” published by BuilderBooks. He is an Internet marketing expert with expertise in search engine optimization, website development, email marketing, social media and CRM consulting services. He is known for creating effective programs that can be tracked through analytics to prove effectiveness and ROI. Mitch is founder and president of MLC New Home Marketing and MLC FlatFee Realty, as well as managing partner of mRELEVANCE, LLC, a Marketing, Communication, Interactive agency with offices in Chicago and Atlanta. He currently leads the Chicago team. A Multi-Million Dollar Sales Producer who earned an MBA in Computer Information Systems and eCommerce, he brings a unique perspective and experience to the field of real estate communications. Mitch combines the two interests in order to help home builders and developers gain a competitive advantage through the Internet and technology. When he isn’t behind a computer, he enjoys participating in sports and coaching his kids’ teams. Mitch resides in Arlington Heights, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago, with his family, which includes two rambunctious labs. Visit my Google+ profile.

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