Technology

‘Welcome to your virtual agent’: Meet the real estate Amazon Echo app

  • A brand new app for Amazon Echo is currently being tested in the Albany, New York, market and caters to buyers, sellers and renters. It's also designed to be a lead capture tool.
  • Every form of software interface, from bots to voice assistants, will be looked at as a way for consumers to find more information about real estate.
  • Home information is no longer the domain of the MLS; as more tools emerge, the data source will lose more of its already-scant relevancy.

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Have suggestions for products that you'd like to see reviewed by our real estate technology expert? Email Craig Rowe. A real estate broker from Albany and his son have developed an app for the Amazon Echo home automation device. Miguel Berger, president of Better Homes and Gardens Tech Valley, announced the launch of the Alexa-voiced app via email last week. He demonstrated its capabilities through this Facebook Live video. A search on Amazon for "real estate" within the Echo app marketplace reveals three results, one of which helps users find mortgage rates. Another is My Realtor, by ECapture. The third, Miguel's app, is called "Real Estate." (The shortage of ratings on each suggest that Echo remains a very fringe market for real estate.) 'Welcome to your virtual agent': How the app works Activated by telling Alexa to "open real estate," the app responds by saying "Welcome to your virtual agent," and asks users whether they're looking to buy, sell or rent. I...