Realtor.com is working hard to overcome Zillow’s dominance in the home search space. That means it needs a competitive mobile app for the growing number of house hunters who search on the go. Realtor.com has been busy, upgrading the technology and user interfaces for both its main website and its app.
And generally, users like what they see. Both the Android and iOS versions of Realtor.com’s mobile app gain high marks from reviewers, with ratings pushing 4.5 stars. We put the app to the test, and here’s what we found.
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What the Realtor.com app does best
The app opens to a clean screen, displaying sizable icons to get you started searching for homes, digging in for local school information, finding rentals or hopping straight over to your saved favorites. Clicking on the “For Sale” icon on the home screen uses location-based data to show you homes for sale near where you are.
Some cool map features are immediately noticeable. Optional school pins show school district boundaries. A down arrow on a listing’s price indicates a recent price reduction. Clicking on a listing from the map provides all the details on the property and offers a handy place for your own personal notes regarding the home — including the option of giving the listing your own rating, from one to five stars. That’s a nice filtering feature when you’re considering a bunch of potential homes.
When you go back to the map of homes for sale, a check appears next to the listing you just viewed. That helps eliminate clicking on the same home over and over.
A “Scout” button at the bottom of the screen allows the app to constantly refresh with the listings available in the areas where you travel.
Other handy features include:
- Open-house listings
- Homes for rent
- An area highlighter that helps you focus your search efforts
- A “recently sold” feature that helps you hunt down comparable home values
What users say
User reviews in the Apple Store and Google Play are enthusiastic about the app’s “favorites” feature, neighborhood highlighting capability and home search filters. “This is the only app that can handle a tough filter,” one Android reviewer says.
Others like the school district home search and numerous users noted the app’s frequent listing updates. “I find it dependable and accurate,” one user adds.
Of course, a recent update has put off some users. Complaints range from awkward navigation to difficulty in deleting listings.
The bottom line
The Realtor.com mobile app presents a clean, uncluttered interface from a trusted source for Multiple Listing Service (MLS) real estate data.
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