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Voiceter Pro CEO Miguel Berger announced this week that his Amazon Echo-powered real estate software has learned a new way to help potential homesellers: owners of the talkative smart appliance can now inquire about the current value of their home.
“Alexa, what’s my house worth?” will begin a brief back-and-forth in which the homeowner provides an address to receive a general AVM (automated valuation model) home value estimate.
Alexa will then ask if the homeowner would like to be contacted by an agent and, if affirmative, subsequently requests a phone number.
The software then sends the homeowner’s information to a nearby Voiceter Pro partner agent.
Even though the AVM is provided by a third-party organization, Alexa shares that it was the work of the agent who has paid Voiceter to claim the leads.
Naturally, the quality of the AVM comes into question. Should it be too far above or below, the partner agent will be held accountable for it.
Voiceter Pro has built a number of agent-promotional abilities for Alexa, Cortana and Google Home.
Consumers can search for homes and service providers, real estate agents can look for new brokerages, and aspiring agents can find nearby licensing schools.
In September, Fortune reported that sales of Amazon Echo to date are far outpacing Google Home to the tune of 75 percent of this smart home appliance niche. The online retailer moved 15 million units to Google’s 5 million, based on figures sourced by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP).
Not counting Microsoft’s Cortana-voiced Invoke, that’s 20 million households with access to a voice-powered, web-connected home assistant. It’s only natural that business owners nationwide, such as Berger, are beginning to recognize the opportunities.
Will these devices become to current generations what the television was to the previous ones?
Those doubting that reality might want to consider the financial power and consumer reach of Amazon, Google and Microsoft combined.
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