Zillow on the iPhone
Well, it looks like the iPhone vs. Blackberry decision is being made for me. Apple's seductive gadget just got a little sexier--at least for housing nuts. Zillow just released its free iPhone app, and it looks like a lot of fun.
The cool thing about Zillow has always been that it doesn't focus just on homes that are listed for sale. The company claims to cover 95 percent of all the homes in the United States, offering juicy details such as recent sales prices and property tax assessments. Now, armed with Zillow on your iPhone, you can wander down the street, watching your GPS-driven map change as you go, and see estimated prices pop up on your hand-held phone. Holiday parties at the boss's house will never be the same now that the guests can Zillow the neighborhood from the curb.
There are other free iPhone real estate apps, and of course each is true to the style of its own mothership. Trulia has one, which focuses on searchable listings and open houses. Homes.com has one that, according to the mediocre reviews on the iTunes apps site, reflects its role as a site that drives leads to participating agents.
This free app is probably going to cost me a couple of hundred dollars for a phone--which, of course, is the genius of Apple's business..
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