How A Real Estate App Can Be Your Cheat Sheet To Success

By James Tredwell on December 17, 2019

Real estate business is growing like never before. With this growth, the behavior of buyers, as well as the seller, have also been changed in terms of their purchasing, renting or selling strategies. And this has been noted, not in particular one location but all over the globe. People no longer prefer to visit the property physically for the very first time. They would want a quick look at the apartment or a condo they are considering to buy or rent. And that could be only possible through fully functioned apps or websites.

On the other side, builders and realtors also understand how important it is to have their property listed on this online platform.

In this article, we are going to dive deeper into the mechanism of real estate mobile app like Zillow. I will guide you on how you could also make such kind of app for your startup idea. However, it’s not compulsory you must make an exact replica of popular property listing apps. You can also include your idea as well.

Without wasting our time, let’s get started with the online real estate business.

Before you go further, let’s check out some amazing statistics on popular real estate apps like Zillow and Trulia.

What Does the Statistic Suggest?

  • Around 80% of the home purchasing decisions are taken by seeing property listing app Zillow.
  • On average 186 homes are browsed through real estate mobile apps.
  • Zillow App has approx 160 million active users which is quite a huge number.

How These Real Estate Apps Provide Value to the Users?

As we have seen the statistics on the Zillow app, people are really in awe of these kinds of applications. They love the convenience and mobility provided by property listing apps. Whether they are hunting for buying their dream home or looking for affordable homes in their neighborhood to rent, everything could be done through just a few taps. They could even search for home loans and perfect lenders for their loans. In fact, there are a home loan calculators to find out how much buyers will have to pay including taxes and insurance at the current interest rates.

Developers also have found an option for selling their property at the right price. They find these apps to be other options other than hiring real estate agents for selling their properties.

These are just a few of beneficiaries who find real estate applications to be helpful for their respective needs.

What Makes a Real Estate Mobile App Successful?  

More and more startups are creating real estate platforms as a startup idea. Still, there are countries where such kind of platforms do not exist. Even real estate companies provide their separate apps which only lists their own property with some other functionalities. However, not all the apps could be as successful as Zillow or Trulia.

Let’s figure out what makes a real estate mobile app successful.

listings: For Buying, Renting, and Selling

Though it sounds too mainstream, it is one of the most preferable options to have in the apps. Even people use their apps to find the right property around their favorite locale. They explore the rental apartments as well.

By including listing categories in the app you could target buyers and sellers both. So when Builders have a complete project to launch he could easily register his new property for a sell. Whether it’s a commercial, residential or industrial you must provide a platform so that builders could approach you for listing their properties. Not only builders but you must also provide a platform for the homeowner to sell their app on your app.

Agent Finder

The buyer usually takes plenty of time to figure out how to find a perfect real estate agent. In fact, real estate agents are the ones who are aware of each and every new and old property because they have access to the private database where every listing is stored. By incorporating the find agent tab in your app allows local agents to register in your app. Most importantly, buyers who are a novice in purchasing the home could easily find an ideal agent for their ideal home. Users could find listings under each agent and rate and reviews them according to their past experience.

Easy Search & Proper filters

Since more and more people are buying and selling home online on the apps and web platforms, you might want to make your search options simple so that more people could search by their area, address, city, and zip codes.

Add multiple filters so that users could sort out a property as per their likings. Take for example, Trulia has a filter for properties, price, bedrooms, type of sale(new, resale, sale by owners, etc), bathrooms, year built, and more to give the perfect property prospects to the users.

Also, add a map of the location and how many properties are listed on that map. By doing so one could directly hover onto the point and know the price, and other detail about that property. Moreover, nearby attractions, restaurants, schools, levels of crime, and other important aspects could be useful to the buyers.

Loan options and Mortgage Calculator

Zillow has incorporated loan options for the users. In the Zillow, Users can Simply fill the price of the home, down payment, and details about the loan to calculate your mortgage payment breakdown, schedule, and more.

Buying a home from a loan is a tricky business. Adding a  platform for finding the fitting lender for the users could be more useful. Having a listing of local lenders and their performance for the past years makes the app more appealing. So by implementing this option, you make your app more valuable.

Implementing Advanced Technology

Since the advent of the Augmented reality (AR), every industry has been leveraging its benefits by implementing for their business. Real estate is one of them. People admire everything new, sci-fi and entertaining. So you could also add;

  • Interactive AR  catalogs and big boards.
  • Geo-tags to help find your properties on sale in the real world, so customers can discover it themselves.
  • AR implemented contact us and other call-to-action buttons.


People are investing in real estate more than ever. Providing them a seamless way to find the ideal property would eliminate the hassle happened during the search. Why don’t you start your own app with unique functionality and new technologies and add a new horizon for earning money? Builders too could leverage multiple benefits through real estate app development.

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