Posted 01/24/2014 at 2:35 PM
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Estately, an up-and-coming real estate start-up based in Seattle, is following in the footsteps of its more established rivals Refdin and Zillow by bringing its business to iOS.
“Estately is the first real estate app that is truly designed for the mobile era, and we’ve taken full advantage of iOS 7,” company co-founder and CEO, Galen Ward told TechCrunch. “Estately helps people find the perfect home, and this new app gives shoppers what they want — speed, selection, and simplicity — all in the palm of their hand.”
Estately is known for being slicker than its rivals and has the best user-interface in the business, shunning the featured ads and agents promoted by others. This mobile app is a companion to its web service and is every bit as good, allowing users to access a database of properties from more than 70 multiple listing services (MLSs).
According to GeekWire, Estately says that its database includes 20 percent more listings than national sites in all top metros and more than 90 percent of the top 500 cities in the U.S. In 2013, the company virtually doubled its listing feeds, gaining access to 30 additional markets.
Ward says that the app is designed to be “super easy to use” and includes no slide out menus so the service is as streamlined as possible. Through direct access to MLSs, Estately will notify you of matching homes and when a property you are interested in drops in price. Harnessing the power of iOS 7, the app also provides excellent animations, instant drive times and the ability to add open house appointments at the touch of a button.
The company has no plans to branch out from the iOS 7 OS platform yet, which means no Android app will be forthcoming. However, Ward did tell TechCrunch that Estately would look to deepen its investment in iOS, possibly in the form of a dedicated iPad app.