Application reaches out to users of newest major mobile platform
NORFOLK, VA, February 24, 2011—Homes.com, a division of Dominion Enterprises, announced today the release of its application for the new Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system. The Windows Phone app joins Homes.com’s already extensive mobile suite, which includes applications for iPhone, Blackberry and Android users as well as a mobile website. This makes Homes.com the first real estate portal to allow consumers to search for homes for sale and rent on all major mobile platforms. Homes.com’s suite of mobile applications serves its increasingly active mobile audience. In 2010, Homes.com’s mobile suite had over 60 million page views, representing a 511% increase over 2009.
Homes.com’s Windows Phone app offers several brand-new tools to help home buyers and renters in the search for their next home. A mortgage calculator accessible from the main navigation allows users to search properties based on their loan amount to determine their monthly payment and view other listings in the same payment range.
In addition, the Windows Phone app features an innovative new user interface that capitalizes on the technology pioneered by this fast growing new operating system. Panoramic view for pages with multiple items allows for a seamless experience, and content is divided into distinct pages to make navigation easier than ever.
Offering one of the most powerful property searches in the mobile space, the Homes.com Windows Phone app provides home buyers and renters with rich listing details, photo slideshows, maps, driving directions and more for nearly 4 million property listings. Other features can be used to:
- Instantly find nearby homes or rentals with the location finder.
- Search by MLS number.
- Navigate searches with ease in panoramic view.
- Large listing photos showcase properties.
- Bookmark favorite Homes.com properties.
- Get fast and accurate driving directions from your current location to the listing
- Quickly connect with a real estate professional via integrated contact links.
According to Stevan Cirkovic, Homes.com director of product development, “Our development in the mobile sphere is driven by our desire to empower our agents with the best tools and latest technologies possible to reach the ever growing mobile consumer market. With the release of our Windows Phone app, the Homes.com and ForRent.com Network is the first major player in the real estate space to reach all mobile consumers. As Windows Phone is the newest major platform to hit the mobile market, our new app places us at the cutting edge of technology and makes us one of the first real estate portals to service this emerging market.” Cirkovic added, “Our development in mobile echoes our consistent growth and record-breaking traffic trends with Homes.com overall, which surpassed the 6 million monthly visitor mark earlier this year.”
The app is available to download in the Windows Phone market under Free Apps, or scan the image above with your Microsoft ®tag app.