Do you remember a time when online listings didn’t exist? We sure do. It can be baffling to think just how much technology has changed our lives over the years, and now more than ever, the advancement of technology is shaping the world around us. In real estate especially, the use of technology in the workplace has become vital, and with it, the need to keep up-to-date on all these changing trends. Because of this, we always try to take note of a new piece of technology which could revolutionize the way we work, and just recently a new iPhone App caught our attention.
This May, the real estate community was introduced to Curb Call, an Uber-like mobile app that helps homebuyers connect with a nearby agent “right now.” The app, which is currently available on iPhone for brokerages and multiple listing services and free for consumers, is Uber for real estate, with a twist.
Instead of consumers sending out a call to all accessible agents in the vicinity and getting the one who responds first, they receive a list of all available nearby agents and are able to choose the one they want to reach out to based on user feedback on agents’ Curb Call profiles and the estimated travel time between them.
When buyers request a showing using the app, they are presented with those Curb Call agents who have their availability set to “on” and are within a reasonable driving distance as determined by the relative locations of the agents’ and buyers’ smartphones.
Once a buyer chooses an agent, agents receive an alert on their phone that shows the buyer’s name and neighborhood location, and they can either accept or decline it. If they accept, agents get the buyer’s complete contact info to set up a showing.
The app, which should have an Android version coming out later this year, is available to just brokerages and multiple listing services at the moment. “We wanted to make sure there were enough agents available to respond to a Curb Call,” said Seth Siegler, Call Technologies Inc. CEO.
Whether or not this app will revolutionize the way we buy and sell homes is still up in the air, but one thing is certain, our industry is changing.
Do you think Curb Call, or an app like it, will become the next big thing in buying and selling real estate? We’d love to hear your thoughts!
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