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Apple Watch app flags nearby listings for homebuyers

Homesnap latest real estate tech company to unveil app for much-anticipated wearable device

The latest real estate tech company to announce an app for the Apple Watch is Homesnap, the maker of consumer and agent mobile apps that let users snap a photo of a home to pull up property data.

The Apple Watch is set to hit the market on April 24. Analysts surveyed by Fortune estimated Apple will sell anywhere from 8 million to 41 million of the devices in 2015. Real estate firms, including Trulia and two Australian listing portals, have already unveiled apps for the wearable.

Homesnap’s Apple Watch app will let users tap their watch to reveal the closest homes for sale and then tap again to see interior photos.

From there, users can turn the knob on the side of the watch to scroll through property details, like number of beds, baths, lot size and year built.


Promotional video for Homesnap’s Apple Watch app.

Capitalizing on the Apple Watch’s ability to help buyers maintain a laser focus on their markets, Homesnap also lets users keep track of price and status changes to their favorite homes.

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Homesnap has also adapted the Pro version of its app for Apple Watch.

Real estate agents using Homesnap Pro for the Apple Watch can view agent-only data, including showing instructions, compensation data and listing agent contact information.

The app is also integrated with the Homesnap Safety Timer, the app’s safety feature.

In late December, Homesnap Pro was available to 80,000 agents nationwide in MLS markets offering the app, including Rockville, Maryland-based Metropolitan Regional Information Systems Inc. (MRIS), Silicon Valley-based MLSListings Inc., Southern California-based Combined Los Angeles Westside MLS Inc. (also known as The MLS or CLAW), and the Greater El Paso Association of Realtors in Texas. Homesnap is now under agreement to provide Homesnap Pro to more than 200,000 agents across the country.

The company offers the app to MLSs for free for the first year.

Inman’s New York City correspondent, Teke Wiggin, covers the latest tech startups, trends and applications of data in the real estate space.

Email Teke Wiggin.

This story has been updated.