Real Estate App Development: All the Answers to Your How To’s | Eastern Peak — Technology Consulting & Development Company

How do real estate apps work?

General overview


  • Individual consumers: people who look for the property or already have one and want to sell or lease it.
  • Real estate agents: experts who know the market well and help individual consumers find what they are looking for.


What are the benefits of the real estate apps?

  • High customers’ loyalty. Only one app — and people do not have to use anything else to get a home of their dreams. This is a delicate matter for many of us. As lots of real estate searchers prefer going online, the odds are, you will get a broad loyal audience rather quickly.
  • The long list of clients. If the customers’ loyalty grows rapidly, it is not surprising that any startup will get a high number of closed deals and, subsequently, increase revenues.
  • Direct communication with customers. Consumers love real estate applications because they can get an answer almost any time they need it. Agents benefit because they have all their clients gathered in one place, and they are aware of their requests and questions.
  • Easier marketing access to the target audience. Thanks to the present day technologies, you can get a full portrait of your clients (i.e., web or mobile users). Their geographical location, search preferences, demographic factors — all this data is priceless for marketing campaigns of any size.
  • Higher efficiency for your brand’s promotion. This point is useful for those who already have an offline real estate business. There might be lots of competitors in your city or area, but it will change as soon as you launch your own Zillow-like app . You will stand out on the market and potentially will be able to go beyond your area’s boundaries and build up your business.
  • Reduced ads expenses. The app or website itself is a great way to promote your business. Providing a smooth search and several unique features, apps for real estate themselves are great advertising tools.

How to build a real estate app? 14 Must-have features

  1. User account. This is where it all starts. Both consumers and real estate brokers need their “personal space” to simplify their activities within the app. This part is also a magic wand for your marketing efforts — here you will find some personal data for user portraits. Also, the signup process is an important step. Along with a standard signup with a social network, it is better to add an offline registration for agents (for example, the ID information).
  2. Analytics. The information about users, their interactions, devices they use, and the number of visits is stored in the admin panel — this is the place to find valuable insights about your target audience and your business model’s success.
  3. Search box and filters. There should be several parameters according to which users can conduct their search. Examples of search criteria: type of property, neighborhood, price, date added, number of rooms, etc. Users should have an opportunity to save their search parameters and get back to them later or subscribe to the updates of this search.
  4. Property listings. This is why all users appear in your app — they are coming for information. Cards with the sale or rental proposals should contain high-quality photos, descriptions as well as info on additional facilities and furnishings.
  5. Real estate agents listings. Buying or renting a home is a matter of trust, so users should be able to check some info about the agent. It may include a name and a picture, short expertise description, the list of properties, rating, and so on.
  6. Favorites. Users mark that they like a house, and the list of favorites is stored in one of the personal account’s sections. Updates on favorites should be delivered via a newsletter or notifications.
  7. Push notifications. Such messages work similarly to email newsletters: It can be a notification about a new object matching the users’ criteria or updates on the properties they added to their Favorites.
  8. Virtual tours. They give consumers the most detailed overview of the property that you can provide online. For some searchers, it can be enough to compare a house or apartment with their criteria.
  9. Geolocation. A virtual map is a great way to present the neighborhood where the property is located. Schools, universities, shops, malls — this information has enormous value for consumers. The opportunity to pave the route from point A to point B (where a home is located) is a great addition to the geolocation feature.

How to build a database for a Zillow-like app?

  • Allow individual agents or consumers to add all the property data by themselves. This is the most obvious but still one of the most important points. The app’s flow should be clear for users so they could add and update listings on any device.
  • Add unique opportunities. Make Me Move is Zillow’s feature that allows homeowners to create a listing with their property and put “a dream price” for it. The potential buyers contact homeowners via email — no need for any personal information like names or phone numbers. Creating such a proposal does not mean that you are actually going to move — maybe, you are only gathering interest or checking market demand. This listing can be deleted at any time.
  • Get information from the biggest real estate databases. Every agent is probably a member of the Association of Realtors. It can be local or nation-wide. In the ES, the data from local associations is gathered in MLS (Multiple Listing Service), and Zillow takes information there. National organizations could be of help if you build an app targeted to many localities in your country.

How to Monetize a Real Estate App?

  1. Monthly payments from agents. Real estate brokers can obtain higher visibility and get more clients if they pay for featuring in the app. Their profile and listings appear among the first in the search, so it serves as an advertisement for their services.
  2. Access to the premium features. Advanced features are another option for agents to make their lives easier. Think like a real estate expert — what do you need for work? Let’s say, you want the client base to be well-categorized and gathered in one place. From the app’s side, the answer to this request could be regular reports. Zillow went even further and created a CRM for brokers.
  3. Ads space. There could be some space within the real estate app to advertise third-party services: interior design, repair work, home construction, etc.

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