RISMEDIA, November 19, 2010—Move, Inc., a leader in online real estate, announced the Realtor.com Real Estate Search app for Windows Phone 7. This newest Realtor.com app, designed by Move in partnership with Microsoft, is one of the first real estate search apps available for the Windows Phone 7, and is a premier launch app for the platform.
“The Realtor.com search experience is now available on three major mobile platforms, giving millions of consumers real time, anywhere access to the freshest and most accurate collection of property listings available on Realtor.com,” said Move, Inc., Chief Executive Officer, Steve Berkowitz. “We believe this is a very powerful tool to have regardless of whether you’re actively searching for a home or just interested in monitoring the local market. We’re pleased to have worked with Microsoft on the Windows Phone 7 real estate search app, and remain committed to placing the search power of Realtor.com into the hands of every consumer with a mobile device.”
According to the company, this newest Realtor.com mobile search app delivers all of the popular search features offered by Realtor.com on other mobile platforms, while integrating Windows Phone 7’s unique design capabilities including Panorama, which allows users to access content by panning left or right with the swipe of a finger. From the home panel, users can instantly swipe through the local, recent searches and the feedback panels, and browse a listing’s overview, photos, details, contact, and notes and ratings panels on the Listing Detail Pages.
“Windows Phone 7 is backed by a rich developer ecosystem that is creating a variety of quality apps and games,” said Todd Brix, senior director, Windows Phone Marketplace, Microsoft Corp. “Realtor.com leverages the platform’s unique features and is a good example of the sort of apps that can be found on Windows Phone Marketplace, all of which are designed to help consumers get the most out of their phone.”
Other notable features include create notes and rate listings, which empower buyers to better compare and consider each property by saving decision-making information within the app. Notes can be quickly retrieved and reviewed later when visiting a property again or for comparing properties at open houses.
Personalized content features and powerful property-based search capabilities with refined search filters also make the application a versatile and valuable real estate search tool. Additionally, Realtor.com has included a surface feedback tool within the Windows Phone 7 app that makes it easy for users to provide feedback to Realtor.com specific to this newest mobile real estate search app.
Similar to other Realtor.com mobile search apps, the Realtor.com Windows 7 app was designed so consumers can quickly connect with agents throughout the home search process. If a property looks interesting, the one-tap call capability effortlessly connects potential buyers with the listing agent for additional details or to arrange a tour. At the same time, buyers can also use their Realtor.com Windows 7 search app to instantly reach out to their Realtor to share a listing of interest they found that fits their search criteria. If time is short, simply touch the Ask a Question button, and buyers can instantly send an e-mail to an agent.
“By expanding the Realtor.com search experience to the Windows 7 platform, we’re creating greater opportunities for today’s on-the-go buyers to search for homes at their convenience, and to connect with local real estate experts in real time to ask questions or perhaps schedule an appointment,” said Errol Samuelson, president of Realtor.com. “Based on the popularity of our other mobile search apps, we expect the Realtor.com Windows 7 app to become the most helpful and popular real estate search app available for the Windows platform.”