- HomeSpotter released a new update that allows agents to log in, access information and edit listings with Touch ID or a four-digit pin code.
In real estate, time is of the essence. Agents are increasingly expected to maintain an on-call schedule that requires them to access and update information and connect with clients at the drop of a dime.
HomeSpotter already addressed the client communication issue with the app’s first update in July 2015, which included an in-app text messaging system.
But HomeSpotter’s CEO, Aaron Kardell, soon realized that he had another challenge ahead — making access and updates to listing information less strenuous for his app’s users without sacrificing data safety.
A solution for both speed and security
Starting today, Feb. 24, HomeSpotter allows agents to quickly access MLS information, make listing updates and upload photos in an instant with Apple’s Touch ID or a four-digit pin code.
“We work with a lot of MLSs, and there’s been this pain point over time that the MLSs get a lot of feedback from their members that they have to log in too frequently,” Kardell says. “Then also there’s this need for the MLSs to protect their data and make sure that there’s still security involved. That’s where the Touch ID comes in.”
Pull up listing data with the tap of a finger
Agents who use current Apple models (iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus) can use Touch ID to easily log into the app and access contacts, carts, saved searches and their “my listings” tab.
Furthermore, the update allows agents to use Black Knight Financial Services’ Paragon MLS system integration with greater ease. Now, agents can edit listing information and upload photos from their photo album or camera in a matter of seconds.
Although Android and older model iPhone users won’t be able to use the Touch ID technology, they can tap their four-digit pin to receive the same speed of access to all of the app’s features.
Kardell says he anticipates adding video upload capabilities to the HomeSpotter app in future updates.
“We’re certainly looking at a number of things like video uploads,” he says. “Really, the more we can help agents be productive on many of the tasks that they need to do quickly, on-the-go — that’s what we’re focused on in our future updates.”